Traffic Construction News
Laurel Creek Road, Townsend Entrance Road and Tremont Road: Through June 15, there will be a paving project near the Townsend entrance. Visitors traveling to Cades Cove should expect weekday, single-lane closures and traffic delays throughout the project. Single-lane closures will be allowed for up to two miles at a time on Laurel Creek Road and half a mile on Townsend Entrance Road and Tremont Road.
Our Favorite Places in the Smokies
Many of our members are former residence of and/or descendants of folks that lived in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. So, we have a unique behind-the-scenes knowledge of these majestic mountains and we love to share our experiences. Please enjoy our recommendations and our love of our Smokies.
This one gives you some of the greatest wow per yard. This is an easy trail (2.93 rating), and is just 2.6 miles roundtrip, and should take 2 hours, roundtrip.
Here's a tip: While the 80 foot waterfall is something to behold, if you keep walking, there is some of the most majestic old growth trees just around the corner. Talk to a park ranger for more details.
You can learn more about Laurel Falls, including the history of the trail here.
If you want something a little bit longer and stronger, Abrams Falls is just the ticket. This trail is 5.2 miles, roundtrip, and has a rating of 6.55 (moderate). While the Falls themselves are only 20 feet, the volume of water that passes over the cliff is the greatest in the park. Remember to pack a meal and plenty of water.
Chestnut Top Trail
This trailhead is so easy to find, and the views are splendid, even though this is a strenuous hike (11.57 Rating). Just park at the Townsend Wye on route 73 and the trailhead is across the street. If you're looking for a 3-4 hour hike, Chestnut Top does not disappoint! Along the way, you'll be able to take in views of the Foothills Parkway, Townsend and Tuckaleechee Cove. In the springtime, this trail is a feast for the eyes, with some of the most beautiful wildflowers you can find anywhere. At 4.3 miles the trail ends at the Schoolhouse Gap Trail junction. Once you turn around and get back to your car, take a few minutes to cool off in the Little River--it's all right there!