Unfortunately Park officials have recently announced that next year they will be closing the 11-mile Cades Cove loop for about 3 months. The road will be closed to all traffic from March 1 through May 21. And bad weather could extend the project. This road work is in effort to pave the eroded pull offs which will overall improve traffic flow, so visitors will be able to pull over to view the wildlife.
The Cades Cove campground, campground store, picnic area and horseback riding stable will remain open. Access to trails, however, will be impacted, including Abrams Falls, Cooper Road Trail, Gregory Bald and the Hannah Mountain Trail.
As Pigeon Forge
prepares for their annual Winterfest
festivites, they will add a very exciting twist to this year’s kickoff. The Duggars, stars of TLC’s “18 Kids and Counting”, will visit Pigeon Forge to flip the switch to turn on all the lights at the November 5 kickoff. This year marks the 20th year of the Pigeon Forge Winterfest Celebration which makes it even more significant that this family of 20 will be celebrating it with us!