Cades Cove Loop


Home to natural wonders, wildlife and history, Cades Cove loop that offers one of the best scenic views in the Smoky Mountains. Never miss the chance to visit and experience this beautiful attraction in the Smokies.

Cades Cove Loop Road

Cades Cove is a broad, verdant valley surrounded by mountains. And the loop road is an 11-mile one-way road that circles the valley.

Cades Cove Loop Directions

There is only one entrance, the Laurel Creek Road

 It has 20mph speed limit with several pull-offs.

Usually, the Cades Cove loop is open to drivers from sun up to sun down. But note that from early May through late September, only bicycle and foot traffic are allowed on the Cades Cove Loop on Wednesdays. 

Cades Cove Loop Hours

Cades Cove is open year-round from sunrise( from 8 am) to sunset, weather permitting. 

What can  you do at the  Cades Cove Loop?

Green Leaf

See picturesque views

Spot some wildlife including deers, bears, turkeys, and raccoons

See historic buildings

Please do remember that this is one of the most visited places in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park so expect traffic and larger crowds. The national park suggests that you a lot at least 2 hours to drive the road.


Here are some tips to avoid the crowds :

Arrive Early, before 9 am

Visit During The Offseason

 Explore Cades Cove Sights Off The Beaten Path

 Visit on Weekdays

Where to stay?

Book a stay at this gorgeous Gatlinburg Cabin that sleeps up to 16 people.

Experience the best of the Smokies!

Download this Smoky Mountains Checklist for FREE!!!