I'm looking for feedback from people who have actually walked the loop in Cades Cove. I know that the road is closed to vehicle traffic until 10AM on Wednesdays and Saturdays from May through September. However, our trip is in mid October, and we would really like to explore the Cove on foot instead of driving it like we normally do. If we get an early start, even before the gate is open, how SAFE is it to walk the loop while it's open to vehicle traffic during the busiest season of the year? If this is a bad idea, we'll save it for another trip and another year when we can be there during the months when there are designated closure days for bikers and walkers. It's definitely on my list of "want to do" and we are planning to do the ranger-led night hike on the Monday night that we're there, since our night hike in June got cut short by an incoming thunderstorm.