What are the Cades Cove Hours of Operation?

If you are planning on visiting Cades Cove during your next vacation to the Smoky Mountains, you may what to know when the area is open. That is why we have created a list of all of the Cades Cove hours of operation for each of the fun and exciting attractions found here.

Cades Cove Loop Road

Cades Cove loop roadThe Cades Cove Loop Road is a scenic roadway that stretches 11-miles in total around the secluded area. Along this drive, you will find historic home sites, rolling mountain views and acres upon acres of open fields.

The Cades Cove Loop Road is open daily from Sunrise to Sunset.

Please note, the Cades Cove Loop Road is closed to vehicle traffic every Wednesday and Saturday until 10 a.m. from early-May to late-September, as well as every Saturday in December until noon. During this time, you are invited to walk or bike the roadway without worrying about cars slowing you down.

For the exact dates for the Cades Cove hours of the loop road this year, click here.

historic cabins in Cades Cove TNCades Cove Visitor Center

When you reach the halfway point of the loop road, you will find the Cades Cove Visitor Center. This is where you and your family or group and stop by and pick up a souvenir from your experience in this scenic area. Trinkets found here include books about the national park, t-shirts, keychains, and homemade jellies and jams you can take home.

The Cades Cove hours of operation for the Visitor Center vary by month and are as follows:

  • January- 9 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
  • February- 9 a.m.- 5:30 p.m.
  • March- 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
  • April- 9 a.m.- 7 p.m.
  • May- July- 9 a.m.- 7:30 p.m.
  • August- 9 a.m.- 7 p.m.
  • September- October- 9 a.m.- 6:30 p.m.
  • November- 9 a.m.- 5:30 p.m
  • December- 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Cades Cove Picnic Area

kids enjoying watermelon at the Cades Cove picnic areaAll this driving around or biking can really build up an appetite. That is why you are probably curious to discover hours of operation for the Cades Cove picnic area. Here, you and your family or loved ones can enjoy a delicious meal while surrounded by the breathtaking natural beauty of the area.


  • May 1- August 31: Sunrise to 8 p.m.
  • September 1- April 30: Sunrise to Sunset

family staying in Cades Cove campgroundCades Cove Campground

If you want an even more intimate nature experience when you visit Cades Cove, you should consider planning a camping adventure there! This is when you and your family or friends reserve one of the many campsites found within the cove’s boundaries and sleep under the stars.

The Cades Cove campground is open from early-March through the end of October. Daily check-ins begin at 1 p.m. and check out is at 2 p.m.

Click here for exact dates for camping at Cades Cove this year.

Cades Cove Riding Stables

horseback riding in Cades CoveLastly, if you want a unique way to explore Cades Cove, we suggest you experience the area from horseback with the help from our friends at the Cades Cove Riding Stables. Here, the friendly staff will be more than happy to take you on a relaxed guided tour of the area just like the early settlers once explored.

The trail rides take about an hour to complete. During the journey, you will explore mountain streams, shady forest and tons of majestic scenery.

If horseback riding isn’t exactly your cup of tea, you can always experience one of their guided hayrides or carriage rides during your visit.

The Cades Cove Riding Stables is open from 9 a.m.- 4:30 p.m., early-March through the end of November. The times for the guided hayrides and carriage rides vary by date.

For more information about the Cades Cove Riding Stables, click here.

If you enjoyed this, read about everything you need to know about the Cades Cove weather for more help with planning your next trip to the area.

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