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Cades Cove Warning

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Cades Cove Warning

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.

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71. Re: Cades Cove Warning

You think it would be slower in April? Even with Spring Break?

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72. Re: Cades Cove Warning

It will be slower in April than October or June. Even spring breakers don't like to get up early during their vacation for the most part.

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73. Re: Cades Cove Warning

The Fall season is the highest visitor use of Cades Cove, followed by the summer. The winter season is the low season but then again one must always remember that the low season in the GSMNP is pretty much a high season in most National Parks. The weekends are almost always somewhat busy regardless of the season. The week days vary from season to season. One consistent is to be there early, preferably sunrise for the most active wildlife in the morning time. Please note that on Wednesdays and Saturdays that the loop is open only to foot, horse and bicycle travelers until 10 am. This may be seasonal so please check.

Go early and enjoy.

Our favorite times are immediately after heavy rains and during or after snow. However at one time we lived in the county in which Cades Cove is located thus it was easy for us to be there at any given time. Go early and take a breakfast or lunch. Take Rich Mt Road or Parson's Branch Road and enjoy the GSMNP.

74. Re: Cades Cove Warning

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