5 miles up and back
Start: Trailhead exit at Cades Cove Loop Road (approximately 5.5 miles)
Features: Abram's Creek walkway and Abram's Falls
Caution: Slippery rocks around falls. Alternate route from Abram's Creek Ranger Station - 12 miles
11 miles up and back
Start: Rich Mountain Rd. to Beard Cane Trail.
Features: Ace Gap, crossing of old railroad bed, Great Smoky Mountain National Park boundary and solitude.
Cades Cove lies peacefully in a tranquil valley. It was home to hundreds of families before the formation of the Park. Open fields stretch between 5,000-foot mountain peaks. At Cable Mill Visitors Center there is a fully operational grist mill with a working waterwheel and other historic structures. Wednesdays and Saturdays from early May to late September the loop road is closed to motor vehicles until 10:00 a.m., allowing a safe, quiet experience for bicyclists, pedestrians, and the adventurist on horseback. Summer programs include apple butter making and performances in the amphitheater. Come by the Cades Cove Visitors Center, on the far end of the Loop Road, for more information.
Cades Cove is a broad, verdant valley surrounded by mountains and is the most visited part of this National Park, and offers some of the best opportunities for wildlife viewing in the park. Large numbers of white-tailed deer are frequently seen, and sightings of black bear, coyote, ground hog, turkey, raccoon, skunk, and other animals are also possible. (See Animal Safety & Precautions for information about observing wildlife peacefully and lawfully.)
Cades Cove offers the widest variety of historic buildings of any area in the National Park. Scattered along the loop road are three churches, a working grist mill, barns, log houses, and many other faithfully restored eighteenth and nineteenth century structures. An inexpensive self-guiding tour booklet available at the entrance to the road provides in-depth information about the buildings and the people who built and used them.
An 11-mile, one-way loop road circles the Cove, offering motorists the opportunity to sightsee at a leisurely pace. Allow at least two to four hours to tour Cades Cove, longer if you walk some of the area's trails. Traffic is heavy during the tourist season in summer and fall and on weekends year-round. While driving the loop road, please be courteous to other visitors and use pullouts when stopping to enjoy the scenery or view wildlife.
A visitor center (open daily), restrooms, and the Cable Mill historic area are located halfway around the loop road.
Cades Cove Loop Road is closed to motor vehicles on Wednesday and Saturday mornings until 10:00 a.m. from May 8 through September 25 to allow bicyclists and pedestrians to enjoy the Cove. Otherwise the road is open daily from sunrise until sunset, weather permitting. (See Biking for more information about biking Cades Cove Loop Road.)
Part of the National Park. Provides Basic Bike Rentals.
Cycling Cades Cove is an absolute must-do ride for everyone, and recommended for riders of all abilities. Our diverse rental fleet, offering bikes for all ages and levels provide for an enjoyable outing and the ideal way to see Cades Cove.
For persons who are concerned, as we are, about reducing their environmental foot print, cycling Cades Cove is one of the greenest ways to minimize your environment impact on the Cove and its wildlife.
Cades Cove Loop Road is normally closed to motor vehicle traffic starting the second week in May on Wednesday and Saturday mornings 7:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m., allowing bicyclists and pedestrians the ability to enjoy a pleasurable car-free cruise through the Cove while enjoying the serenity of the mountain air and abundant wildlife. This closure continues through the Wednesday before the last Saturday in September.
We strongly recommend that safety gear, including helmet, closed toed shoes, and high visibility clothing, be worn by all bicyclists.
Children under 16 are required to wear a bicycle helmet in accordance with Tennessee State Law. Helmets are provided free of charge for bike rental customers.
10035 Campground Drive
National Park TN, 37882
Whether you regularly drive through the Smokies or you are a first time visitor, Cades Cove Heritage Tours allows you the opportunity to experience the Smoky Mountains as never before.
We offer fully guided bus tours for individual and group of all ages. Your tours are on comfortable 19-passenger Alternative Transportation Vehicles with experienced and friendly guides. Learn all about the history, personal stories, and natural resources that make the Smoky Mountains so unique. And, since you've left the driving to us, you can focus on sharing the beautiful scenery and wildlife with your family and friends, instead of worrying about the traffic.Address:
123 Cromwell Drive
National Park TN, 37882
Bicycles may be rented April through October at the Cades Cove Bike Shop (See Bicycle Tours & Rentals).
On Wednesdays and Saturdays, Memorial Day through Labor Day, the Loop Road is closed to autos from sunrise until 10 a.m. During this time it is bicycles and hikers only!
- 11-mile loop
- Great for all levels
Cades Cove Riding Stables offers adventure options for the entire family who wish to enjoy the magnificent Cades Cove. We specialize in providing Guided Horseback, Carriage, and Hay rides for National Park visitors who desire an alternative method of enjoying the scenic splendor of the park.Address:
10018 Campground Drive
National Park TN, 37882