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Didn't see any wildlife... 😢 but a beautiful drive. Not for the faint of heart. One suggestion... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Hendersonville, Tennessee
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Peaceful Exit!

Used this road as an exit from the Cade’s Cove traffic jam. It’s an unpaved road through the... read more

Reviewed 13 June 2018
Tyler, Texas
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This road is unimproved and dusty but very quiet. Some say the views are wonderful but I only saw one spot on the way down with a view. If you want a quiet drive back down this is the way but it takes a while...More

Thank Humoze
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Didn't see any wildlife... 😢 but a beautiful drive. Not for the faint of heart. One suggestion take a map. There is no internet service. Once you get to the end you can get a little lost.

Thank kid506
Reviewed 13 June 2018 via mobile

Used this road as an exit from the Cade’s Cove traffic jam. It’s an unpaved road through the mountain that brings you out in Townsend. The sign says it’s 12 miles, but only about 7-8 miles is unpaved. You do not need 4 wheel drive...More

1  Thank WildHaireHiking
Reviewed 11 June 2018

The road is in great shape and it is a nice drive. Just not a lot to "see". With leaves off it is sure to provide some nice views. Combine the trip over with a stop at Tuckaleechee Caverns (just a mile or 2 from...More

Thank doughboysigep
Reviewed 31 January 2018

Found this great road after leaving Cades cove.This is a great scenic road and it is not heavily traveled so you can slow down to enjoy the views and take pictures. I would love to see the view from this road in the Fall.

3  Thank SmokiesJunkie
Reviewed 16 November 2017 via mobile

Fun drive out of crowded Cade's Cove. There was so little traffic on this road that often we would just stop in the middle of the road to take pictures. We saw only 2 other cars for the whole 12 miles. It was a very...More

1  Thank bigthicket
Reviewed 3 November 2017

We drove by and stopped for some amazing pictures. This is a very scenic area and a must see when you are in the area. We were surprised that the traffic was not heavy when we stopped for some awesome pictures. Loved this area.

1  Thank ShirleyE601
Reviewed 19 September 2017

We enjoyed driving the Rich Mountain road on our way out of Cades Cove. It is a well maintained, one way gravel road that winds its way into Townsend over Rich Mountain. We encountered only two other vehicles on our trip, one of them being...More

1  Thank Gregman1
Reviewed 2 September 2017

I found this road after reading reviews of the area. I highly recommend taking this one way gravel road. The views are fantastic ..some of the very best pictures we took. It is a one way road out of Cades Cove to Townsend TN It...More

Thank Daryl H
Reviewed 27 April 2017

This is a great one way drive. You do not need 4wheel drive or any special off-road type of vehicle. We've driven it many times in just a regular car. It's well maintained; yes, curvy at times but easily driven. Great way to get out...More

1  Thank Sharon K
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27 May 2018|
Response from ChiggerBear |
There's a YouTube video that shows it in its entirety, go there and search for: Rich Mountain Road - Great Smoky Mountains NP
15 April 2018|
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Response from bigthicket | Reviewed this property |
I do not remember being fearful of any drop offs while driving on this road. You can hug the middle of the road or whatever side of the road you want to since it's one way. It was a gorgeous drive in the fall. If I remember... More
11 November 2017|
Response from ChiggerBear |
Rich Mountain Road: Open April 7 - November 12, 2018.