Scenic Drives: Cades Cove Loop Road
America's open air museum. From Townsend you will enter the national park. Travel approximately 1 mile and turn right at the Wye. Follow the sign to Cades Cove which is about a 15 minute drive.
As you enter Cades Cove, an 11-mile drive through some of our country's most beautiful valleys and vistas, you will see horses grazing in the pasture and probably quite a number of wild turkey. Throughout the Cove, you will see many historic structures, including homesteads, a grist mill, cantilever barns, and rivers. Often, visitors come across black bears, lots of white-tailed deer, an occasional coyote, red fox, and sometimes a wild boar.
Expect to spend approximately 2 to 3 hours or more in the Cove, depending on the flow of traffic. There are also a number of hiking trails.