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2022-10-26 GSMNP-007 Cades Cove Loop

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Cades Cove
Date(s) & Time:Wed, Oct 26 2022  8:00 am >> Wed, Oct 26 2022 12:00 pm
Registration Opens: Mon, Aug 1 2022 7:08 pm
Registration Cut Off: Tue, Oct 25 2022 6:00 pm
Event Duration:Approx. 4 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D3: Moderate
Distance:11 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Bill Wey
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:8
Minimum Group Size:2
Number Registered So Far: 1 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


<<< Cades Cove Loop >>>

This is one of the most beautiful hikes in the GSMNP. It’s among the top choices after a few days long trekking in the park. It also leaves the second half of the day open to explore anything else.

We will meet and start at the Cades Cove parking lot next to the Cades Cove Campground Store Bike Bldg, 10035 Campground Dr, Townsend, TN 37882.

Many people consider Cades Cove the crown jewel of the GSMNP. Cades Cove is a broad valley with an 11-mile one-way loop around it. The loop has the most concentrated group of historic buildings with churches, log houses, and a huge cable mill area in the GSMNP. We’ll take our time to enjoy the natural beauty in this valley. Most of the valley is fenced in to keep visitors separated from the wildlife in the grass area.

Cades Cove is a well-known area to spot so many different kinds of wildlife. We’ll keep our eyes wide open and cameras ready. We also always have an ice cream treat right after our hiking to celebrate such a wonderful time spent in the valley!

Required Items to Bring:


Layers of clothing suitable for the season.

Good hiking boots/shoes.

Water and snacks.

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Rain gear just in case

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

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Cades Cove Campground Store Bike Bldg, 10035 Campground Dr, Townsend, TN 37882

from anywhere you are coming.

General direction:

If starting from Sugarlands Visitor Center of GSMNP, it's about 25 miles. The driving is very scenic and straight forward. Just follow signs from Sugarlands Visitor Center to Cades Cove; then to Cades Cove Campground Store Bike Bldg. The normal driving time is about 50 minutes.


1. This event may be cancelled or rescheduled if weather conditions are not satisfactory for an enjoyable outing.

2. Itinerary is subject to change at the discretion of the trip leader.

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Registration for this event opens at 8/1/2022 7:08:00 PM