We just spent a lovely afternoon at Cades Cove. The scenic loop is a MUST! Great for a leisurely drive or to stop off and get out to hike and sightsee. Also, there are a lot of historical homesteads to explore. (You can go inside the buildings!) And then if you are lucky enough, you just see a bear! We saw 3 this trip. Public restrooms available about half way in. Our group ranged from 9-86 years old and all had a wonderful time.