Beard Cane Trail
The Beard Cane trail is a 4.2-mile Smoky Mountain trail named after a type of cane variety that grows in Cades Cove. It’s also one of the few relatively flat trails in Cades Cove.
To get started, put those boots on and get yourself to the Cooper Road Trail – 4.9 miles northeast of the Abrams Creek Campground just off the Foothills Parkway.
It’s as easy a hike as there is in the Smoky Mountains and takes the hiker down a hollow between Beard Cane and Hatcher mountains for 3.5 miles in a fairly straight line.
Hikers will notice wildflowers and flowering shrubs such as polygala, trillium, rhododendron, and dog-hobble. Overhead trees such as oak, tulip, hemlock, and maple trees canopy this Cades Cove hike.