For those with small children
it is recommend
you use the Cades Cove Nature Trail, located about 7 miles from the loop road entrance and less
than 1 mile past the visitor center. This trail is located directly off the loop road, so
you can park your car right at the trailhead. The total hike is only a two mile circle and
can easily be done in an hour. There is a brochure at the beginning to orient you and
describe what your seeing along the way. Despite its convenience, you will seldom
encounter large crowds on this easy hike.