Have a great camping trip at Elkmont!
We love that place! The grocery store in Townsend is really nice and reasonable too. Their deli had some great fried chicken for picnics...
I think we'll try your suggested route next time we go down, Pigeon Forge is sort of hairy to tow in with all the traffic and stop and go business. Seems to shake things up a bit in the trailer not to mention the driver's nerves.
We are looking forward to going back to Cades Cove and riding bikes around it again, maybe when the leaves turn.