Cades Cove Heritage Tours has started the first-ever guided educational shuttle service through Cades Cove. Cades Cove attracts nearly two million visitors and 800,000 vehicles each year. To improve traffic condition and air quality, the public will now be able to get a guided shuttle tour through the 11-mile loop.
"Visitors who take a tour with us will not only learn about the rich mountain history and unique natural resources of Cades Cove but will also feel good about how their choice affects the environment of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park," said Alex Roche, manager of the nonprofit Cades Cove Heritage Tours. The shuttles are 19-passenger fuel efficient vehicles. Public tours cost $13 for adults, $10 for seniors, $8 for children and six and under are free. The tours will operate daily, leaving the depot at 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. lasting approximately three hours. The depot is located next door to the Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center in Townsend.