scenic driving
14 hours ago

Our last day in TN after looking for bears all week not spotting any, we ventured to this scenic drive. We got stuck in traffic we didn’t understand for a good hour in the same spot in the woods. We creep along and realize the issue, a one year old cute bear was visiting cars on the road. We took our time the same as everyone else and got some great video and pictures (uploaded here). We loved it! It’s a highlight of our trip. Be patient and don’t feed the wildlife! Also, we saw people get out of their car when the bear was feet away. Please don’t do that!

Very nice drive and heading south bonus temperature dropped about 20 degrees F from finishing Peregrine Peak.

hiking
1 day ago

we only did this trail because it's the only dog friendly trail in the park otherwise would not have done it

Easy hike and 95% shaded! Nice casual walk and saw 6 elk through the forest.

hiking
1 day ago

Nice easy trail right off the Gatlinburg main strip with moderate traffic. It is well-shaded and good for a nice little afternoon stroll.

Nice well-maintained trail along the river did not see any wildlife but still a beautiful walk

scenic driving
2 days ago

Black bears and mountains.

hiking
muddy
3 days ago

A couple of trees fell which made it impossible to cross over. However the water helped with cooking the temperature and our waters too

backpacking
3 days ago

Great short trail by the water , dog friendly , cute and scenic !

Beautiful drive with many options to stop and enjoy the views. We got some great pictures.

scenic driving
3 days ago

Went for our first time 3 days ago. Was crowded but enjoyable. The last mile or so was horrendous and believe they should do more about people stopping on the road. Took two hours to get from Cades Cove to Gatlinburg. The scenes were beautiful and we saw 4 bears. I loved it. Just think a little more can be done about traffic.

hiking
3 days ago

Rating a 5 because of the accessibility for kids and dogs. The only trail in the NP near Gatlinburg that allows dogs. Kids will love it because of the prevalence of dogs, they are everywhere. Truly a hike for the whole family. Very easy hike, not a lot of elevation change, but some. Follows a beautiful rushing river with many spots to dip your feet, or more. It only lacks a focal point of interest at the end.

hiking
6 days ago

Easy trail that follows the river. Crowded due to its proximity to downtown Gatlinburg.

hiking
6 days ago

This is a must do for my husband and me when we visit the Great Smokey Mountains National Park. It is a motor trail with historic stops along the way. There are access points to trail heads within Cades Cove. There is usually wildlife to see. Today we saw a bear, several turkeys, and deer. You can be in and out within a few hours or spend the day.

We really enjoyed this trail. We went in knowing the hike would be beside the road or close to the road the entire time so the cars didn’t bother us. The trail was relaxing, shaded, smooth, and easy.

Nice drive

hiking
9 days ago

The party along the river is nice. Why anyone would do this from the visitor center is beyond me

While we did not see a lot of wildlife it was still a cool drive with several places to stop and break- up the trip and see some of the area’s history.

scenic driving
10 days ago

I appears like this drive and we usually see something interesting as long as we are early enough. Today was 3 bears, deer, and turkey

scenic driving
10 days ago

Nice drive

Nice drive

hiking
12 days ago

Pretty!! Dog friendly, kid friendly Easy, flat- you may want to wade in the water We saw Elk in the river in May 2020. It’s by an old farmstead. Has bathrooms and gift shop at oconaluftee visitor center

hiking
13 days ago

It was so beautiful. I love to see the beautiful creations from God. So relaxing

hiking
14 days ago

Easy hike for kids and grandma.

I completed this on a road bike in just under 6 hours. It was an amazing way to experience the park. I started early to avoid traffic but eventually the traffic shows up. There is no shoulder to the road but most people were very courteous and on the downhills your doing the speed limit or faster.

Easy flat trail by the creek

TURN BACK AFTER REACHING THE BRIDGE. We thought this was a trail that you would reach a point and turn back, but found a further trail that lead into a little touristy town. If you want to extend your hike, it is worth the walk. Overall, was gorgeous and saw elk by the river in the first five minutes!

Beautiful wildlife like deer and bears. Seen from car with small children is best!

Umm, If I could do it again, I wouldn’t! Don’t get me wrong, the views are very pretty, but nothing that you can’t see on a hike. We stopped a couple of times to look at an old house and a Church/Graveyard, but this was a top highlight of the trip that took 3 hours. The Last half mile took almost an hour. There were 2 bears high up in a tree. Almost every car stopped and got out, took pictures, and then looked for another 2 minutes. It’s a single lane road where you can’t drive past people. I get the fascination with the bears, but this ruined the trip for me.

Stunning views!

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