"Cades Cove" Townsend Things to Do Tip by SwitzIt

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Cades Cove is the most visited part of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park--and for good reason. The idyllic setting of Cades Cove is a sampler of everything the Park has to offer: historic structures that tell the history of its early inhabitants, abundant wildlife and plant life, more than a dozen hiking and horseback riding trails, and trout streams.

Cades Cove Loop Road is a one-way paved road through the valley of the forested mountains, accessible by car or bike every day of the year from sunup to sundown with a few exceptions. The Great Smoky Mountain National Park has designated that May through September on Wednesdays and Saturdays, the loop is reserved for hikers and bicyclist from sunup to 10am only. Auto traffic on those days is permitted in Cades Cove after 10am. Expect to spend one to two hours for the Cades Cove auto tour including a few stops along the way.

Directions: Hwy 321

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Feb 6, 2004
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