Cades Cove Car Ban began May 4, 2023 and lasts through September 28, 2023. Cove visitors are encouraged to arrive in the afternoons and early evenings to spread use out throughout the day. Parking is limited and parking lots often fill to capacity during morning hours.
The public is discouraged from parking on the roadside. Roadside parking damages shoulders and creates unsafe conditions for visitors walking from their vehicle to their destination. When parking lots are full, visitors will be asked to come back later in the day or enjoy other areas of the park.
Whether cycling, running or walking the Cove always be prepared. Serious cycling accidents have occurred along the Cades Cove Loop Road. The State of Tennessee requires that children under the age of 16 wear a helmet. All riders are strongly encouraged to wear helmets and to ride properly fitted and well-maintained bicycles. Bicycles may be rented at the store located near the Cades Cove Campground on a first-come, first-served basis. For information call 865-448-9034.
Source material: GSMNP