Activity Type Creek Access, Fishing, Hiking, Scenic Drive
Features Waterfall, Scenic
Recommended Age 0-2 yr, 3-5 yr, 6-8 yr, 9-12 yr, 13+ yr
Family Activity Cost* Free
Duration 1/4 - 1/2 day
18 mile scenic drive, beginning from the Sugarlands Visitor Center near Gatlinburg and ending in Cades Cove Road in Townsend. The address is of the Sugarlands Visitor Center. The road follows the Little River, and offers opportunity to hike, picnic, fish, swim and see waterfalls.There are following 7 marked pulloffs areas:
1. Maloney Point: an overlook with a paved parking area and a mountain view.
2. Laurel Falls: one of the most popular hikes in the Smokies.
3. Elkmont: There is Elkmont campground with several nice hiking trails. Pass the campground is Elkmont Ghost Town with abandoned cabins.
4. Metcalf Bottoms: a nice picnic area next to the river with plenty of parking, picnic tables, grills, and restrooms.
5. The Sinks: is a short waterfall leading into a very deep pool. While the water is inviting, do not swim here for strong water currents are very dangerous. You will also see people jumping from the cliff, but don't do it.
6. Meigs Falls: a waterfalls visible from the road. It can be hard to find because it is not clearly marked. Look for a small parking area along the river side of the road about 1.2 miles past the Sinks.
7. Townsend Wye (Townsend "Y"): a popular a water play spot, great for wading or tubing.
*Estimate based on a family of 4 with 5, 8 yr. old kids for the least expensive activity offered.
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