Bring trekking poles, or hiking sticks to safely cross the creeks. Hike starts with an immediate creek crossing, then there is another after you pass the Hannah Mt junction, and one more when you arrive in Cades Cove. Only overgrown in a few places (including the very beginning, so don't let that detract you). I passed zero hikers on the whole loop on a Wednesday morning (FYI, Cades Cove gates are closed on Wednesday mornings, so Abrams Falls trail was empty!)