Cades Cove Loop Winter
January 10, 2022

The Cades Cove Loop is an amazing one way 11-mile road that offers unbelievable views of the Smoky Mountains. While this is a fun family adventure during all times of the year, it is especially magical during winter. It is the perfect way to enjoy the magnificent scenery of the mountains without having to get out of the warmth of your vehicle. Here are 4 reasons to drive the Cades Cove Loop Road this winter:

1. Stunning Wildlife

Cades Cove deer

Although you might not come across as many black bears during the winter months, that doesn’t mean you can’t still see some beautiful wildlife. During this amazing time of year, it is still likely for you to see all types of animals roaming through the fields, including white tailed deer, turkeys, raccoons, and more! If the fields are covered in snow, it becomes easier to spot the dark colored animals you might miss during the warmer months.

2. Less Crowds

Generally speaking, winter is one of the quieter times in the Smoky Mountains. Therefore, you might be able to experience the beauty of the mountains without having to deal with as much traffic. As always, please be respectful of other visitors and use the designated pull off spots while driving through Cades Cove. Another plus about there being less cars on the road is the animals are more likely to come out and explore! As you drive through the loop, keep your eyes peeled for all the wildlife scurrying for food.

3. Winter Scenery

Cades Cove winter

If you are lucky enough to travel to the Smoky Mountains when it has snowed, it is a sight you will remember for a lifetime. There is nothing more breathtaking than seeing the fields and trees sparkling with snow. In addition, you can often see amazing icicles hanging from the trees and rock formations! Please be aware that the national park may close Cades Cove Loop Road after extreme winter conditions. However, there will still be plenty of times when you can visit in the days following a snowstorm to check out the beautiful scenery.

4. Winter Hiking

In the event you do want to get out of the car for a while and stretch your legs, there are plenty of amazing hiking trails inside Cades Cove. Although the weather might be chilly, winter is one of the best times to go hiking in the Smoky Mountains. There are plenty of amazing trails that are open year round that offer incredible views. One of the best spots to go hiking in Cades Cove is Abrams Falls. If the temperatures are low enough, you might get the chance to see the incredible 20-foot waterfall frozen! Be sure to bring the camera along to take photos of the winter wonderland of Cades Cove!

Now that you know why you should drive the Cades Cove Loop Road this winter, be sure to check out some other scenic drives throughout the Smokies! We hope to see you soon!