Directions to Cades Cove: Your Ultimate Guide

Directions to Cades Cove: Your Ultimate Guide

Directions to Cades Cove

Spending the day at Cades Cove is a must for every visitor to the Smoky Mountains. The stunning wildlife, breathtaking views, and rich history found in the old buildings and structures at Cades Cove should not be missed.

But how do you drive to Cades Cove? Don’t worry, we’ve got detailed directions for you right here!

Directions to Cades Cove

Important Note: There is only one driving entrance into the Cades Cove Loop, accessible via Laurel Creek Road. Some online maps may suggest multiple entrances, but Laurel Creek Road is the only direct route into the Loop.

From Gatlinburg to Cades Cove

  1. Follow the main Parkway to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
  2. After passing the Sugarlands Visitor Center, take a right onto Little River Road.
  3. Stay on Little River Road for just over 20 miles, enjoying the beautiful, winding journey.
  4. You’ll eventually reach Cades Cove at the end of Little River Road.

From Pigeon Forge to Cades Cove

There are two main routes from Pigeon Forge to Cades Cove:

Route 1:

  1. Follow the Pigeon Forge Parkway into Gatlinburg.
  2. Then, follow the directions from Gatlinburg to Cades Cove as mentioned above.

Route 2:

  1. Take Wears Valley Road through Wears Valley to Townsend.
  2. Enter the national park via the Lyon Springs Road entrance.
  3. Use Little River Road to reach Laurel Creek Road at Cades Cove.

This second route is usually quicker if you’re already in the Pigeon Forge area.

If you’re already in Gatlinburg, use the directions through the Gatlinburg entrance to the national park and avoid backtracking.

Driving Distances to Cades Cove

Here are the distances in miles to Cades Cove from various nearby locations:

  • Townsend: 11 miles
  • Pigeon Forge: 26 miles
  • Maryville: 28 miles
  • Gatlinburg: 29 miles
  • Knoxville: 45 miles
  • Lenoir City: 47 miles
  • Loudon: 54 miles
  • Fontana: 58 miles
  • Asheville: 109 miles

Maps and Navigation

For more detailed directions, use the interactive map below. This will help you navigate your way to Cades Cove seamlessly.

Explore More About Cades Cove

For those interested in more than just directions, we have a wealth of information to help you make the most of your visit:

Insider Tip

Cades Cove offers an unforgettable experience, from wildlife sightings to exploring historical sites. As one visitor noted, “Every corner of Cades Cove tells a story. It’s like stepping back in time while being surrounded by nature’s beauty.” – Alex H.

Plan Your Visit

Whether you’re coming from Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, or another nearby area, Cades Cove is easily accessible and offers a day filled with adventure and history. For more insights and tips, explore our Cades Cove Blog.

Prepare for an enriching visit and enjoy every moment in the stunning Cades Cove!