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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  • What a beautiful gorgeous drive! I highly recommend it. Take your time & travel slow ( speed limit is only 35MPH) & stop at the numerous pull-offs for some dynamite views. It's only about 30 miles bet...  more »
  • My Most favorite time of the year in The Great Smoky Mountains. The scenery is absolutely Beautiful. The drive from the entrance at Visit Center, starting from Gatlinburg into the Great Smoky Mountain...  more »
  • We stayed in Pigeon Forge the 3rd week of October.. We made 2 day trips and some hikes in the Great Smokies.. One of our drives was to Newfound Gap. The ride was pretty although given the popularity o...  more »

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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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