About the Cades Cove Loop Road Auto Tour
Cades Cove is the most visited part of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park—and for good reason. It’s a favorite, especially in the fall season.
The 11-mile loop road is located in a historic setting and offers a self-guided tour of historic homesteads, preserved structures, and churches. Mountain vistas, beautiful pastureland, abundant wildlife and a visitors’ center gives you a real feel for what it was like for the early settlers to the area.
The loop road provides access to Parson Branch Road and Rich Mountain Road which exit on the NC and TN sides of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, respectively.
An additional feature of Cades Cove is access to the trailhead to Abrams Falls, a relatively easy 5-mile roundtrip hike. It’s a popular hike because it leads to a waterfall that is known for its large volume of water that rushes over the rocks. From this trail, Abrams Creek bends away in a horseshoe shape to a secluded area favored by anglers for trout fishing.
Details about the Cades Cove Loop Road
When you visit Cades Cove, definitely plan to spend at least an afternoon. Many people choose to spend the day at Cades Cove. You can get to the area in the morning, enjoy a picnic at the cove in the afternoon and finish exploring all of the historic structures into the evening.
Cades Cove is known for all of the Smoky Mountain wildlife that’s around the area. Whether you’re looking to see Smoky Mountain black bears roaming in the distance or small wildlife, like squirrels and raccoons, Cades Cove is the place to be.
Keep in mind that Cades Cove is a popular place to be in the Smoky Mountains, so in the peak seasons, there will be many people visiting. Just allow yourself plenty of time to experience Cades Cove and all of the historic structures throughout the area.