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Guided Hayrides

Another adventurous and exciting activity designed to do as a family or a group is our Guided Hayrides. Our Hayride Trailers carry you on a nostalgic ride through the picturesque Guided Hay RidesCades Cove Loop Road surrounded by the preserved 19th and early 20th century farming community. You will ride in a hay-filled trailer and tour some of the most scenic areas in the park. Cool mountain breezes and towering forests surround you as you roll along to the peaceful sounds of the birds, with miles of serene vistas in all directions. Often seen on these fully narrated adventures is the wildlife which inhabits Cades Cove such as white-tailed deer, black bears, raccoons, turkeys, woodchucks, and other animals. This adventure option offers some of the best guided opportunities for wildlife viewing in the park.

Our knowledgeable guides will entertain you with stories of the early settlers of the area and how they made a living from the land while creating a community. Learn about farming, home life, religion, and recreation. During special occasions, we offer Ranger-Led Hayrides as scheduled by the Park Service.

Guided Hay RidesThese rides take a trip back in time where you can enjoy and experience a 1½ to 3 hour leisurely ride through mountainous forest and fields of Cades Cove. This trip is extraordinary and an unforgettable experience which will create family memories which will last a lifetime. Don't forget your camera!

From March - May 31 and August 16 through season closing, Hayrides are scheduled at 10:00 am, 12:00 pm, and 3:00 pm. From June 1 - August 15 Hayrides are scheduled at 10:00 am, 12:00 pm, 3:00 pm, and 6:00 pm. Our Hayrides are subject to a minimum of 15 riders per scheduled time and up to 65 riders. Hayrides last approximately 1 1/2 to 3 hours depending on the traffic around the loop road.

Due to the popularity of the Guided Hayrides, we will accept reservations for groups of 15 riders or more with a signed tour contract and a 50% deposit. Reservations will not be accepted for groups without a 50% deposit or less than 15 riders.

All rides are subject to weather and trail conditions.