Parson Branch Road

Total Miles


851.2 ft


1 Hours

Technical Rating



Best Time

Spring, Summer, Fall

Trail Overview

Parson Branch is a full gravel, one-way, scenic route that leads through the Smoky Mountains. The road is maintained, however, you may find the occasional tree down after heavy storms. This is usually not a problem. There are also many shallow water crossings, all less than 1ft deep. 4WD is not needed at all for the route and is friendly for stock-height vehicles.


One vehicle wide with occasional pull-offs. One-way route. Many shallow water crossings, all less than 1ft deep. Possibility of trees on the road after heavy storms. If not for those mentioned, I would give this trail a 1 for its rating.


The route was completed in 1838. It connects Cades Cove to Tail of the Dragon.

Technical Rating


Access Description

The Parson Branch Road is only accessible through Cades Cove, about a half mile past the John P. Cable Mill.