Rich Mountain Road begins in Cades Cove. It is a one-way, dirt road up the mountain, but the views are gorgeous; especially in the Spring. You can see all over the Cove during the drive.
Views of Cades Cove:
A small waterfall seen on the drive up the mountain:
Rich Mountain Road comes out just above Townsend. Just after you get onto the paved road, you will see this chimney covered in vines:
Rich Mountain Road isn't a very well-traveled road, but, if you're not interested in going around Loop Road, it is a nice alternative.