Cooper Road TrailModerate

Cades Cove

Cooper Road Trail

Distance (One Way)

10.5 miles

Elevation Gain

1,150 feet


Cades Cove

Water Xing


Trail Description Written by Caroline Sullivan

Cooper Road Trail is a long, moderate trail connecting Abrams Creek Campground to the Cades Cove loop. It is most often split in half and combined with two different loop hikes. The trail was a main access point for early settlers in Cades Cove, and the wide and leveled terrain makes it still accessible in most places for park vehicles today.

From Cades Cove, you can use this trail as part of a nice 13.3 mile loop hike with Abrams Falls Trail and Hatcher Mountain Trail. You can also start from Abrams Creek Campground on the western side of the park for a loop with Hatcher Mountain Trail and Little Bottoms Trail. Starting from the campground, this is a 10.6 mile loop hike, but in the winter months when the campground is closed, you must park near the ranger station in the designated hiker parking area and road walk 0.4 of a mile to reach the campground and the proper trailhead for Cooper Road Trail.

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#cades cove

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