Cades Cove Closed To Public. Bears and other wildlife will have an opportunity to breathe a sigh of relief with a break from tourism in September 2021. GSMNP officials have scheduled the loop road to be resurfaced during the month of September. The one-way road will be closed to all motorists, pedestrians, cyclists, and horseback riders from Tuesday, September 7, 2021 through Monday, September 27, 2021. During the closure, trails must be accessed from outside of the Cades Cove area as there will be no access to any trailheads from the Cades Cove Loop Road during the closure.
Prior to the full closure, the loop road will also be closed to pedestrians and motorists for night work Sunday through Thursday evenings, beginning at 7:30 p.m., from Aug. 16, 2021 through Sept. 2, 2021.
Additional work includes resurfacing the campground entrance road from Laurel Creek Road to the Cades Campground and the parking area adjacent to the Cades Cove Campground Store. The campground, picnic area, campground store, and horse stables will remain open and accessible throughout the duration of the paving project.
The Cades Cove Loop Road was fully reconstructed and resurfaced in 2010. The pending preventive pavement treatment will keep the road in good condition and extend the service life.
Source material – GSMNP