Newfound Gap Road, Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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#3 of 11 in Scenic Drive in Tennessee
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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  • Beautiful sites all along the way with lots of pullouts to take pictures of the awesome mountains. Definitely worth the drive.  more »
  • You don't want to drive too fast that you miss the views... they're fantastic! Such beautiful mountain views and we really enjoyed the babbling brooks along the way.  more »
  • Such a nice and peaceful drive. It’s surrounded by trees, with a few tunnels here and there. The overlooks offer great views!  more »
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  • Beautiful view from here. I was here 3 weeks ago. Hiked the trail to Charlie’s Bunion. It was amazing. Another cool aspect was to say that I hiked 8 miles (4 there, 4 back) on the Appalachian Trail. It was beautiful. Attached is a picture of the sunrise from Newfound Gap. Great viewpoint in the Smokies.
  • very popular stop a long the to clingman's dome. this overlook has a great view plus a huge parking lot. plus don't forget to take a picture on the state line of North Carolina and Tennessee. if i remember correctly there might be bathrooms here but i maybe wrong. there is a huge monument with stairs that can make for a nice picture and you can also pick up a trail.
  • Amazing!!! This is the road that travels though the smokey mountains. The scenery is breath taking. Its 20 degrees cooler! You're so close to the clouds and then you can go to clingmans dome. All of which is free to do besides gas money of course.
  • We went at sunset, it was absolutely gorgeous! The view was breathtaking to say the least!!! Great pictures so bring your cameras!
  • One of the most beautiful and iconic lookouts in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park! Seriously, visit this place! It’ll inspire awe and demand respect. Parking will be tough during peak season, so be prepared for that if you’ll be there then. Besides that, you’re going to love this lookout!
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