Cades Cove Run

Average Rating - This road has been rated by 8 visitors

State: Tennessee
Date Submitted: January 1, 2004
Submitted by: "Falcon"
Motorcycle Road Length: 31 Miles

Written Directions

      You'll find this route in the western part of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. To get to Cades Cove Road, you'll need to start in the main entrance to the park which is near Gatlinburg Tennessee on US 441. Head into the park on US 441 and after only a mile or two, look for the signs for Cades Cove. Just follow the signs from there on out and get ready for Cades Cove Loop which is an 11 mile one way loop that takes a few hours to get through on account of the traffic density.


This is one of the most beautiful rides I know of. It's 27 miles in and 27 out. This ride follows a river and has scenery that will take your breath away.

Update provided by Miller5573 on 5/30/12: ""

Road Quality  

This two-lane road is nothing but mountains and river. Cades Cove is in a National park so the road is very well maintained. It basically follows the contour of the river so it's exciting as it twists and turns. There are rock overhangs and a couple of small bridges. However, take is at a reasonable pace so you wont miss the natural beauty.

Note: Please keep the speed to something reasonable. Running 110 in a 45 gives us all a bad name and spoils the fun for everybody.

Roadside Amenities  

Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg Tennessee are right at the entrance to this natural area. However, once you get in there are no amenities. So fill up immediately before taking this ride.

Update provided by Miller5573 on 5/30/12: "The is a winding two lane highway that traverses rolling hills with trees on both sides and some trailheads for nature walks (hikes). A mouton stream follows alongside a good portion of the road. The road ends in Cades Cove, a secluded, primitive community located in a beautiful valley within the Great Smokey Mtns. There is an eleven mile, one way, loop road that takes you around the perimeter of the valley with abundant wildlife viewings possible, mostly bear, deer, and wild turkey. An absolutely gorgeous place in the Spring and Fall."

Additional Info

Update provided by Miller5573 on 5/30/12: "Many hiking trails, camping in Cades Cove. No restaurants however there is a general store by the campgrounds that has cold sandwiches and snack food including ice cream."

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Reviewed by Graybush on March 12, 2012
(1 out of 1 members found this review useful.)
Creator: Graybush
motorcycle_year: 2009
motorcycle_make: Kawasaki
motorcycle_type: Cruiser
Comment: This is one of my favorite roads in the area. I rode it from Townsend back to Gatlinburg a couple of times last summer. This road is just twisty enough to be fun but not so much so that you can't enjoy it.
The road follows a river for the part that I rode and you cross it a couple of times so regardless which direction you travel, you will be next to rock faces at times and next to the river at times. There are plenty of pull offs to stop and take pictures, wander around, or splash in the water if you want.
Make sure to pay attention to the speed limit in the park section near Gatlinburg. With no or limited traffic, this road can be a blast.
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Reviewed by Guest on June 18, 2009
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Creator: Tom V
motorcycle_year: 2006
motorcycle_make: Yamaha
motorcycle_type: Cruiser
Comment: Weekends and weekday afternoons will find Cades Cove loop road jammed up and jelly tight but sunrise is awesome with hundreds of deer and maybe a bear. Also check for special Cycle Only days.
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Reviewed by Brainsprain on January 29, 2016
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Creator: Parrish Jones
motorcycle_year: 2013
motorcycle_make: Suzuki V-Strom 650
motorcycle_type: Sport-Touring
Comment: My girl friend and I had a great time on this road. The original poster said there is nothing once you get on the road. Once you get toe Cades Cove Loop that is true. However there is a considerable distance from the park entrance to the Loop on Little Gorge Road, one can follow the signs to Townsend where there is a nice entrance. One nice part of the trip is places to pull off and lie by the creek in near private despite the road being close by. We took a nap and other things without being disturbed for about an hour. The day was as busy as I'd ever want to be on the road.
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Reviewed by Guest on July 29, 2010
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Creator: Florida George
motorcycle_year: 2010
motorcycle_make: Harley-Davidson
motorcycle_type: Cruiser
Comment: As per other reviews, Cades Cove is some of the most beautiful scenery you'll see in the Smoky's; however, be prepared to have your feet down and clutching continuously for 1-3 hours. If not for the heavy traffic would be a good cycle ride, but next time I ride it it will be on 4 wheels.
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Reviewed by Guest on December 15, 2009
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Creator: gary
motorcycle_year: 2009
motorcycle_make: Harley-Davidson
motorcycle_type: Touring
Comment: cades cove is great on a bike I go every fourth of july {on or about}I have seen many deer bear and turkey take your time stop at all the old cabins alot of history....newer riders or less skilled riders may have a problem on some of the roads in cades cove, but my wife has been riding 6 months and had no problem, shes 5'4" 115 pounds so all i can say is enjoy the ride
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Reviewed by Guest on August 18, 2009
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Creator: Danyse
motorcycle_year: 2007
motorcycle_make: Harley-Davidson
motorcycle_type: Standard
Comment: The roads were not the best but the scenery and animals were fantastic. It was a cool, drizzly day when we went, so many animals were out including a mother bear and her cub. If you want a slow, scenic ride with wildlife, don't miss this.
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Reviewed by Guest on October 10, 2008
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Creator: Dirtroadz
motorcycle_year: 2007
motorcycle_make: Honda
motorcycle_type: Touring
Comment: 9/20/08 : Cades Cove Loop Road (11 miles) pavement is in terrible shape. Asphalt is rutted and potholed and is dangerous on two wheels. This is not just in particular spots but for the entire length of the loop.
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Reviewed by Guest on June 21, 2008
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Creator: Larry from Louisville
motorcycle_year: 2007
motorcycle_make: Honda
motorcycle_type: Cruiser
Comment: The road to cades cove is fantastic however do not!do not! ride though cades cove rough pavment slow drivers in cars.
took us 1 1/2 hrs to do the loop didnt see anything but tail lights.
We love the road going there the snack bar is great and super clean bathrooms too!
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