We only went 2 miles. The traffic, as usual, was heavy. If you have plenty of time, I highly recommend. Note - the short cut back was beautiful too.
This area is much more than just the visitors center. It has several historic cabins and buildings there as well as a working grist mill. The store itself is a little small and can become difficult to move around when it gets a little busy. Have to be careful in the parking lot-very busy and people not always paying attention.
We visited Cades Cove at 7am when it opened and oh my word, what a sight! The fog was just lifting and it was so gorgeous. There were hardly any other cars and we felt like we were there by ourselves. Totally worth getting up at 5am for :) I honestly can't imagine being there with tons of people. It... More
This was a great little stop, loved the working grist mill.The parking lot was an absolute nightmare, quite a few people on this Sunday. The gentlemen in the grist mill was very nice. Be careful in the parking lot people do not pay attention and walk in front of cars. While the park rangers just look on.
The Cases Cove VC is not very large but what I do like is that their rangers really know their stuff. The know which trails are difficult; which ones are long; have great views etc... they were very friendly and gave us some good tips for hikes and where to see wildlife. Worth the stop if you are visiting for... More
Cades Cove is one of my all-time favorite places. There is just something magical about it. Yes, the traffic can be bad and often at a stand-still, especially if someone sees a bear. If you're unlucky enough to get behind a diesel, then the problem is made 10 times worse. There aren't many bathrooms along the loop...OK..there's really only one,... More
Long slow traffic. No facilities on route. No one to keep traffic moving. Volunteers seemed to cause more slow down by letting people get out of vehicles to take pictures than keep the line moving. Cyclists will not move and the road is narrow. The few structures were interesting if you read about them ahead of time.
It was a trip back in history, very authentic and enjoyable. I have a friend with ancestors that actually lived in those cabins and his family goes back every year to maintain the grave sites of the various ancestors as there were no cemeteries with maintenance. This family loves the Townsend area, with its peace & tranquility and natural surroundings.
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