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Newfound Gap Road, Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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Traveling up and over the mountains, Newfound Gap Road will take you through fragrant forests of evergreen spruce and pine-oak, offering beautiful vistas along the way. The scenic roadway is the only one that goes through the park's center. Thanks to the visibly placed markers, you can easily locate popular, must-visit sites, such as Clingman's Dome--the park's highest point that provides panoramic views of the Smoky Mountains. If you plan to get out of the car, be prepared for significantly lower temperatures compared to the lowlands and bring a warm jacket. Use our Great Smoky Mountains National Park holiday tool to add Newfound Gap Road and other attractions to your Great Smoky Mountains National Park vacation plans.
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Newfound Gap Road reviews

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4.8
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  • My wife & I just returned from a trip to the GSMNP. Drove up US 441 from Cherokee to Gatlinburg. During October this 35 mile drive is one one the most scenic in America. It is an annual tradition for....  more
    My wife & I just returned from a trip to the GSMNP. Drove up US 441 from Cherokee to Gatlinburg. During October this 35 mile drive is one one the most scenic in America. It is an annual tradition for....  more »
  • A beautiful drive winding your way up to the top and back down again. Lots of opportunities to pull over and soak in the views of the lovely fall colours all the way to the horizon. 
    A beautiful drive winding your way up to the top and back down again. Lots of opportunities to pull over and soak in the views of the lovely fall colours all the way to the horizon.  more »
  • Our drive on this road was a great experience. There are many places to pull over and see spectacular views, and the best is at the top where they have built a nice viewing area with restrooms. Make.....  more
    Our drive on this road was a great experience. There are many places to pull over and see spectacular views, and the best is at the top where they have built a nice viewing area with restrooms. Make.....  more »
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  • Easy to get to by road with beautiful views there and on the way. Would recommend the drive up there.
  • Must see stop in the Smoky Mountains. Beautiful view and stage where the park was dedicated by a former President. Straddles two states - really cool stop. Has plenty of parking and bathrooms.
  • I was there in July 2016 and it was a fun place to be and there trial to hike and the view as great. Being in two states at the same time is very interesting.
  • I love driving along the Newfound Gap road. It's absolutely beautiful with plenty of places to stop off and enjoy the scenery.
  • Serene just before daybreak. So very quiet one can hear even the slightest mountain breeze. I wanted to get a picture of a Smoky Mountains National Park sunrise but uuhh you know there is a reason they call this place "Smoky Mountains". My hike was perfectly peaceful but I found fresh animal droppings on the trail and I was hiking alone so I decided it best to head back before I ran into whatever animal left those droppings. The trail is clean with no trash along the trail.

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