The Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center (GSMHC) will be the first stop on this tour. The GSMHC is a jewel tucked away in the mountains of East Tennessee. It is located in the historic and scenic community of Townsend, which is a gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The Center is first and foremost a museum, whose mission is to preserve, protect and promote the unique history and rich culture of the people who inhabited the Great Smoky Mountains and the surrounding area. You’ll can travel back in time to learn about Cherokee culture and the migration of European settlers. While visiting the Heritage Center, you’ll have the opportunity to view the Main Gallery, home to the Native Americans of East TN Collection and the East TN Mountain Culture exhibits. Next participants will make the ride up to Cades Cove. Cades Cove is a broad, verdant valley surrounded by mountains and is one of the most popular destinations in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It offers some of the best opportunities for wildlife viewing in the park. While touring along the 11-mile loop road by chartered van, you will have the opportunity to view/visit three churches, a working grist mill, barns, log houses, and many other faithfully restored eighteenth and nineteenth century structures. So, whether you’re a regular to Cades Cove or a first-timer, this guided tour will provide you the opportunity to experience the ecology and history of Cades Cove as never before.
ADVISEMENT: This tour will contain a 2-hour bus ride to the destination and a minimal 2 hour ride back. There will also be moderate walking, so comfortable shoes are recommended.