10.5 miles: 0 hours, 40 minutes
Black cherry, black walnut and poplar trees frame the meadowlands along the Cades Cove Loop Road. Historic buildings peek through the "Tsiyahi," the Cherokee word for "place of the river otter." Wildlife features prominently here, so keep the binoculars handy in case you stop. White-tailed deer, groundhogs and black bears are among the many creatures native to these lands.