Explore the most popular Scenic Driving trails in Great Smoky Mountains National Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Beautiful drive! Needed a rest from hiking so drove this loop, pulled off several times to take pictures. Highlights were mamma bear and two cubs as well as an old mill. It rained the night before so the creek was ‘roaring’ throughout the drive.

scenic driving
4 days ago

Great drive. Fun for the whole family.

scenic driving
12 days ago

Beautiful through a section of the Great Smoky Mountains. Have driven this road several times .

scenic driving
12 days ago

Have driven this road through the park numerous times. It is always beautiful with great views of the Smokies, Especially beautiful in the fall.

nature trips
14 days ago

We do this drive a few times a year. Its a beautiful drive and if you enjoy the historic side of it, I suggest you get the little booklet that tells all about the buildings you will see and the history behind them. The only thing I will complain about is the tourists not respecting the wildlife, the historic buildings, or respecting other people who are also there for viewing pleasures. It clearly states to keep back 50 yards from any wildlife encounter, yet people are right up on them with their phones. That alone is a federal offense. Yes, they are beautiful majestic animals, but give them their space. We are in their territory and they deserve to have their privacy. There are pull offs everywhere for you to stop and enjoy without hindering anyone, but again we have people who stop their cars in the middle of the road and take pictures. So a nice drive turns into almost 4 hours of just trying to get through the drive. There is graffiti all over the buildings of tourists carving their names everywhere. If you are a tourist and you're reading this, please please respect the wildlife and don't draw on the buildings. And please try your best to use the pull offs for your viewing pleasures.

scenic driving
18 days ago

I love this drive!!!!!! It’s narrow so be cautious when driving near where hikers are parked not to get too far off the road and damage your car... this is where I saw my first bear several years ago.. husband and I found a peaceful spot along the river away from the crowd that was going to the waterfalls... had our own private waterfalls with the rocks creating peaceful view and noise!!!! Highly suggest this trip any time of the day!!!

hiking
19 days ago

drive or bike through. take a lunch and spend the whole day reading the book and looking at the history.

scenic driving
21 days ago

Just a lovely drive early in the morning around 10am. I focused on the mountains and the sky when going through the loop but wanted to take it again for the wildflowers. The second time around was so busy! Barely drove 10 mph and it was before 12pm.

scenic driving
21 days ago

Why list this drive on a hiking trail sight? Listing it as Easy is misleading because it implies that any walk is easy & that’s not quite accurate. Visitors should be warned that the hike from the parking lot to the observation tower on Clingmans Dome is taxing & difficult for some unseasoned hikers. All paved, unshaded, and all up hill! I’ve done it 3 times & it gets more challenging each time. I would rate the hike as moderate. Also, if the fog is passing through the mountains the visibility at the top might be totally obstructed.

road biking
22 days ago

Biking this trail was much better than driving it. It’s a bit of a workout, but they restrict vehicle access before ten so it’s very very enjoyable.

Beautiful drive lots of pull offs Rude people was the only negative tried to stay away from the crowd but not so easy. If you pull over 5 cars will pull over to see what you see. I love to just sit in nature great place for that will be back!

hiking
1 month ago

The views and photo opportunities here alone make it 5 star, besides that it’s still amazing

hiking
1 month ago

Go early or you will be bumper to bumper for the entire thing.

Great area to see wildlife. We saw deer and turkeys. It gets crowded so definitely go early !

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome hike! Awesome views!!

very beautiful drive! Seen a bear, coyote, and deer.

Why is this showing up on a hiking app??!! You drove it on a road and uploaded it on here? Please stop wasting everyone’s time. This is not a driving app.

hiking
1 month ago

Fantastic drive with gorgeous scenery - both mountain and forest. We saw wild turkey and deer, and some cars saw bears. It was car intensive and definitely takes four hours if you take in the stops and views. Beautiful and I can’t imagine how gorgeous in the Fall!

hiking
2 months ago

Cycled the loop on a Wed morning without autos. It was awesome! Beautiful scenery—go early to see wildlife.

Lots of places to get out and explore on the motor trail. Wasn't super crowded on a week day.

scenic driving
2 months ago

Very scenic the whole way! It’s beautiful when sunny and rainy! Got to see the beautiful sun rays before a rain storm came thru which created a beautiful foggy and cloudy look! Definitely would recommend

A slow twisting ride with great views.

Good drive through trail with lots of stops and some great views. Saw a mother bear and her three cubs.

scenic driving
2 months ago

A beautiful area to see wildlife. The morning we went we saw several turkeys, a groundhog, a young buck, and a doe with a 1-2 day old fawn. It was nice to walk thru the old houses and buildings along the loop.

Nice drive, with scenic stops that, where you can walk off trail a little ways for more exploring.

on Cades Cove Loop Road

scenic driving
2 months ago

One of our favorite places in the Smoky Mountains. This is a high-trafficked area from May to September and on nice weekends year-round. Be prepared for slow traffic and a lot of wildlife crossing. There are two bathrooms on the loop, one at the first ranger station as you enter the cove and a second at the General Store halfway through the park. Enjoy the many hiking trails, old churches and structures along the trail! **Please do not bother our beloved black bears - let them be in peace within their natural surroundings. Many people will try to encroach their space; we’ve seen baby bears scared from people chasing them, resulting in the mama bringing them food up in the tree for days at a time.

Great motor nature trail! Steep and winding so be careful.

hiking
2 months ago

The scenic loop drive is a must do! Always so beautiful no matter what time of year. Lots of places to get out and walk to old cabins and churches. Usually see wildlife. Saw 2 does, turkeys and a yearling black bear run across the road in front of us.

If you notice a long line of cars behind you just be courteous and pull over to let them by, the nature trail is also the only road to some of the trail heads and so others are just on it to get from point A to point B and would like to go a bit faster than 3mph to get home after a long hike.

Lots of wildlife and gorgeous views! Just be courteous if you see wildlife. Don’t be an idiot and get close to it and keep the traffic flowing.

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