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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

With overlooks and trails throughout the road, this was a great way to spend out time at the park. We made several stops at outlooks along the road with great views - definitely a good way to spend your time if you’re limited to see the park.

Date of experience: April 2021
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Reviewed 4 January 2021

Gorgeous drive with many pull outs to stop and take photos. This is the main road through the park. It is a well-maintained road and a wonderful drive. During the busy parts of the tourism season it can be very slow going, so bring a bit of patience to the park.

Date of experience: December 2020
1  Thank workhardplayhard27
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Reviewed 10 December 2020

This would be an amazing drive if others would follow the rules of the road. If you are to scared to drive the speed limit, pull off at one of the many locations to do so, so others can go past you that want to do the speed limit. Ever wondered why they have so many pull off locations without a scenic view? That is why. Signs entering the drive specifically state slower drivers pull off so others may pass. The speed limits posted are safe, otherwise they would be made slower. Drive the posted speed limit so you don’t cause traffic jams. If the road scares you then drive an alternate route. This road is far better than the Tail of the Dragon. Give that one a shot if you like twists and turns (318 over 11 miles).

Date of experience: December 2020
Thank thomaseN7306DM
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Reviewed 15 October 2020 via mobile

My wife and I drove this 33 mile stretch of highway (US 441) between Gatlinburg Tennessee and Cherokee NC in the Great Smokey Mountains National Park last week. We always go in October when the leaves are changing colors. Along the way you will encounter diverse wildlife, trees, & plants as well as streams, creeks & waterfalls making this one of the most scenic drives anywhere in America. There are multiple pull-offs along the way including Newfound Gap that offer magnificent views of the mountains and the surrounding countryside. For even more spectacular views, take the 14 mile round trip drive to Clingmans Dome (elevation 6643 feet making it the highest mountain in the GSMNP). I promise you will not be disappointed and don’t be surprised when traffic just stops due to a bear sighting so have your camera ready. There are also multiple hiking opportunities at Chimney Tops or the Alum Cave trail. Additionally the Appalachian trail crosses at Newfound Gap. I saved the best for last. The GSMNP is the only National Park in the U.S. that is FREE-no entry fee! Open year round. However keep in mind that due to the high elevation (5046 feet at Newfound Gap) & the fact that this road is only cleared by snowplows and a gravel sandmix (no chemicals can be used for snow removal due to their harm to the environment), the park service will close the road when snow, ice, or high winds create a driving hazard. The alternate route will take you about an hour longer to get to Gatlinburg.

Date of experience: October 2020
6  Thank Q8105RDdan
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Reviewed 22 August 2020

Newfound Gap Road is a name of the road in the National park and it is also known as Rt. 441 crossing the state lines of Tennessee and North Carolina. This road has so many look out points (including the Newfound Gap) on top of the mountain. It is only a little over 13 miles but because of the curves the turns and the stops it will take travelers over an hour from the Sugarland Visitor Center to the Oconaluftee Visitor Center an on to the Cherokee Nation and another hour to Asheville via Rt-19, You will see streams, creaks, and different types of forest along the way. And, at Oconaluftee, you get a treat to visit the Mountain Farm Museum and the Milgus Mill.

Date of experience: August 2020
1  Thank Prawet J
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