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Smoky Mountain Driving Trails

Balsam Mountain Road
Cades Cove Loop Road
Cataloochee Valley
Foothills Parkway East
Heintooga Bottom Road
Parson Branch Road
Rich Mountain Road
Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail

Cherokee Orchard Road
One Way Mileage: 3.5 miles
Driving Time: 15 minutes
Location: Roaring Fork, Gatlinburg
Road Condition: 2-way paved road

Cherokee Orchard Road is a short beautiful drive with lush forestry and scenic mountain vistas.

From Gatlinburg Historic Nature Trail bear to the right when the road forks.


Foothills Parkway West
One Way Mileage: 18 miles
Driving Time: 30 minutes
Location: Hwy 321 to Hwy 129, Walland, TN
Road Condition: 2-way paved road

Foothills Parkway West offers great views of the mountains and valleys of Blount County. There is an overlook which is great for photographers.

From Walland (just outside Townsend, TN), take Foothills Parkway West (you will see a large sign for the Parkway).


Lakeview Drive
One Way Mileage: 6 miles
Driving Time: 20 minutes
Location: Bryson City, NC
Road Condition: 2-way dead end

It provides spectacular views of Fontana Lake and the Appalachian Mountains and was originally named "Lakeview Drive." However, since the road was never completed (as the government promised) residents who were forced to leave their homes in order for Fontana Dam to be built gave it the name of "The Road To Nowhere." This road was originally to be built to provide the many residents who gave up their land for the Fontana Dam project access to their ancestral gravesites.

Directions: Take the Bryson City Exit 67 off US 74, come down the hill, at the first red light make a right, at the second red light make a left, go straight through the third red light, over the railroad tracks and straight up the hill to the Swain County High School (high school will be 1-2 miles on your left from the red light). About 1-2 miles past Swain County High School you will see the sign on the left side on a bank that says this is the Road to Nowhere. Immediately after you will enter Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

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