Tunnel repair causes road closure of the only road access to Cades Cove Jan. 3 to Feb. 29, 2020
If you are planning a trip to Cades Cove this new year, you may want to wait until Spring. The one and only road to drive to Cades Cove (Laurel Creek Road), will be closed from January 3, 2020 to February 29, 2020 while repairs are made to the iconic Bote Mountain Tunnel. The road will be closed to everyone including drivers, cyclists and pedestrians. The only way to get to Cades Cove is to hike in with the minimum being an eight mile trek.
This is the first major construction on the tunnel since it was built in 1948 and the timing of the repairs was chosen for the slowest months of the year. There will still be rangers at Cades Cove during the repairs to keep and eye on things and be available during emergencies.