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Gatlinburg, TN Cades Cove Day Trip

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Gatlinburg, TN Cades Cove Day Trip

We will be meeting at the Smoky Mountain Rafting office in downtown Gatlinburg and head out around 8:30am to make our way into the Smokey Mountain National Park and do the Cades cove loop trail. It is nothing crazy so pretty much any vehicle can make it. It is about an hour drive to get to the start of the loop, and the loop is about a 3 hour affair when you take it slow and enjoy the views.

Myself and a group of friends will be getting into Gatlinburg the day before and also doing the Roaring Fork Motor Trail, which is right in town if anyone else is interested in that as well.

The area is full of camping locations and I am familiar with the area so if anyone is interested in camping I would be more than happy to help you find some good spots.
  • START DATE

    Saturday, April 21, 2018

    08:30 AM Central Time (US & Canada), Mexico City
    08:00 Hrs GMT -6:00
  • END DATE

    Saturday, April 21, 2018

    03:00 PM Central Time (US & Canada), Mexico City
    15:00 Hrs GMT -6:00
  • OVERLAND BOUND REGION

    US Southeast

  • EVENT TYPE

  • DIFFICULTY

    1 VERY EASY

Terrain Type

Recommended

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Rally Point Notes:

The Cades Cove Loop winds for 11 miles through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, a picturesque drive with a backdrop of the mountain peaks and its lush, rolling greens. Europeans settled the Cades Cove area between 1818 and 1821. Today, visitors to Cades Cove can enjoy the largest variety of historic buildings in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. When traveling the scenic loop road, plan to get out and visit the restored buildings that include three churches, log homes, cantilevered barns and a working mill.

Access the Cades Cove Loop from Laurel Creek Road, Parson Branch Road or Rich Mountain Road—the latter two roads are closed during winter. The Loop is a one-way (one-lane) paved road. The scenic driving tour through the Cades Cove Loop takes approximately two to four hours depending on traffic. Because it’s a single-lane road, be prepared to stop frequently—the slow pace makes it easy to enjoy the amazing mountain landscapes, wildflower meadows and diverse wildlife.

The gently winding road offers many places to stop, park and stretch your legs while taking in the scenery. Halfway through the Loop, make a point to stop at the Visitors Center. Photo opportunities are ample and restrooms available. The water-powered mill is near the Visitor Center is a must-see as well.

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