One of the most popular areas within the Smoky Mountains park resides in the Cades Cove district with the main attraction being the 11-mile one-way scenic loop. Usually, the scenic loop is open to drivers from sun up to sun down. The one lane road boasts a 20mph speed limit with several pull-offs and parking lots to stop and enjoy the surroundings. Traffic can be heavy during the summer months but is well worth it for wildlife viewing, historic churches, cabins, pastures, and gorgeous views of The Smoky Mountains. Pack a picnic for the ride and enjoy the experience that Cades Cove offers.
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is filled with wildlife! Wherever you spend time within the national park, you have the chance to see a variety of animals in the Smoky Mountains. Everything from the Smoky Mountain bears to squirrels, raccoons, birds and so much more!