Newfound Gap Road, Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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Newfound Gap is a mountain pass located near the center of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park of the southern Appalachian Mountains in the United States of America. Situated along the border of Tennessee and North Carolina, the state line crosses the gap, as does Newfound Gap Road . The Appalachian Trail also traverses the gap, as do a small number of other hiking trails.Newfound Gap is also home to the Rockefeller Memorial, a popular destination within the national park and the site from where former U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt formally dedicated the park on September 2, 1940.According to the National Weather Service, Newfound Gap has around 19 snowy days per year, comparable to 18 at Minneapolis, Minnesota. From 1991 to 2005, annual snowfall ranged from 43.5in to 106in.
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  • August 13, 2017
    Stopped here en route to Clingmans Dome. Fun getting to stand in Tennessee and North Carolina at the same time! Absolutely beautiful views of the mountains. Bathrooms could use some improvement but we...  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    Beautiful drive, stopped at lots of overlook points. Make sure car's gas tank is full. Lots of streams along the road where u can stop and take pictures and explore .  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    Part of the Appalachian Trail on border of Tennessee and North Carolina. Great look out points to view and plenty of spots to pull off road to admire the view if you are not hiking and taking auto tou...  more »

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Where to stay in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Inside Great Smoky Mountains National Park, choose between developed campgrounds where you can pitch your tent by your car and access restrooms and showers, or more primitive vehicle-accessed campgrounds. The park also offers accommodations in a permanent structure at LeConte Lodge, which is accessible via five different hiking trails. (There is no car access; you must hike in to use this lodge.) For a wider array of lodging options, stay in Gatlinburg. Serving primarily as a resort gateway to the park, the town offers various styles of accommodation, from national chain hotels to mountain lodges to small inns. Most places lie within 8 km (5 mi) of the park's entrance.
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