The Great Smoky Mountains National park is flourishing with wildlife! Chances are almost anywhere you choose to visit inside the park, you will see some of it’s magnificent wildlife. One of the most popular areas to view wildlife is Cades Cove. The Loop winds through a beautiful mountain valley with lots of fields and meadows along with timber which is just the kind of home wildlife loves! So as you drive the loop or perhaps while you are stopped on one of the many pull-offs, you have a great opportunity to see many different types of the parks wildlife.
The Cades Cove area of the park is a favorite for great reason, it’s considered one of the best places to view Black Bears! With approximately 1 bear per square mile, you have a good chance of seeing one of the park’s most iconic animals in full view. The highest probability to see one of these incredible bears it’s best to visit during the morning or evening hours.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park is home to many types of wildlife. Some of the larger species include the majestic elk, deer and black bear. It is also home to some smaller species such as turkey, squirrel, foxes and many others. The park also offers some wonderful bird watching opportunities. The park and areas surrounding are home to a great population of Bald Eagles and offer a great opportunity to see this magical bird of prey in it’s natural habitat. It is also home to other bird species that make for an exciting adventure during your day out.
We encourage to you remember some very important points while visiting the park and Cades Cove. Make sure to keep your distance, while the animals may not seem timid, they definitely are still wild! Remember these animals are not pets and are not trained. Always keep your food put away and out of reach of curious bears. Please do not feed the animals, as this can lead to them being harmed. We hope you enjoy watching the animals, it is a special treat to spend some time touring Cades Cove and getting to see nature as it was hundreds of years ago.
To find out more about the wildlife inside the GSMNP and Cades Cove, check out: Cades Cove Wildlife