If you go
Cades Cove: Located eight miles from Townsend, Tenn. An 11-mile, one-way loop road encircles the valley floor. Expect traffic delays in peak summer and fall; driving around the loop can take two to four hours. Alternatively, you can bike the loop, and there are also hiking and horseback trails. The Cades Cove Visitor Center is approximately six miles around the loop at the Cable Mill area.
For more information: www.nps.gov/grsm/gsmsite/cadescove.html. General information about the park: (865) 436-1200. To learn more about future plans to manage traffic in the area, go to www.cadescoveopp.com.