Cades Cove Loop Road Auto Tour
The Cades Cove Loop Enters Cades Cove near Sparks Lane
When you enter Cades Cove, you will be at the northeast end of the one way loop road near Sparks Lane. Sparks Lane is one of two roads that cut directly across the loop (the other being Hyatt Lane.) If you turn left on Sparks Lane, a short drive will take you to the exit of the Cades Cove Loop. It gives you a chance to return to the store, bike rental and restroom in case you missed it when you first entered the Cades Cove area.
Hyatt Lane in Cades Cove
The Smokies were full of Indian trails and Hyatt Lane was one of them. Hyatt Lane was used by many settlers when traveling to Tuckaleechee or Maryville. Today, Hyatt Lane is a dusty two lane shortcut to Cades Cove. The tour continues straight ahead on the Cades Cove Loop so keep in mind you will miss much if you cut across the Cove on Hyatt Lane.
The far end of Hyatt Lane offers you an opportunity to cut back across Cades Cove. About a mile down the road is an opportunity to view the Cove from its center and to repeat some of your favorite spots in Cades Cove. Hyatt Lane is a two way gravel road and was named for the Hyatts who came to Cades Cove from North Carolina.
Continuing on Sparks Lane
When you come to Sparks Lane again, you have come to the end of the Cades Cove auto tour. You can turn left onto Sparks Lane to repeat the tour or continue on the Cades Cove Loop Road to go to the picnic tables, the campground or to exit Cades Cove completely.