I don't hide the fact I'm no fan of Cades Cove. Personal feelings aside, my neighbor is vacationing in G'burg this week and they bought into the hype and went to CC.
4 hours yesterday afternoon to go around it. All he said he saw was the back bumper of Chevy S-10. I'd told him not to do it...
Traffic is thick with Fall Gawkers- you been warned.
Don't expect it to be a 1 hour drive on an 11mi. loop- it will take you 3-4 hours or maybe MORE this time of year.