Plan your visit near sunrise to avoid the crowds and capture the beauty of this historic settlement. Compass & Key recommends driving or cycling the loop to make the best use of time as you stop at the various sites. Or, if you're a cyclist, visit on Sunday or Wednesday morning before 10am when the loop is car-free. 

Distance: 11-mile one-way loop - recommend driving or biking

Time: 3-6 hours, depending on how many historic sites you visit

Starting Point: Cades Cove Loop Road (one-way loop)

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