Gatlinburg, TN Cades Cove Day Trip
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.
Saturday, April 21, 201808:30 AM Central Time (US & Canada), Mexico City08:00 Hrs GMT -6:00
Saturday, April 21, 201803:00 PM Central Time (US & Canada), Mexico City15:00 Hrs GMT -6:00
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1 VERY EASY
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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