We visit the Smoky's almost every year. Cades Cove is our favorite place. The thing to remember is if there is a "bear jam" be courteous and use the pull outs or just pull over off the road if possible that way if someone needs to get through it is possible. Have stuck in a jam and an ambulance needed to get through and the park rangers were having a hard time getting people to move. I agree with the other posters. The churches and also the cemeteries are interesting. The cemetery at Rich Mountain Rd. has a Revolutionary war vet buried in it.