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Address: , Great Smoky Mountains National Park, NC
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Activities: Viewing wildlife
Description: A scenic drive through the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.

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Interesting!!!

Pretty good. A friend suggested we check it out. We enjoyed the walk through the tunnel and reading some of the graffiti. Worth the trip!!!!

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 8, 2015
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Hertford, North Carolina
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Satellite Beach, Florida
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44 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

The road does actually lead somewhere, to a tunnel that empties onto some hiking trails. The story behind this road and tunnel are interesting enough. A government deal concerning building a damn and reimbursing locals for their land fell through and the road was never finished. It was to be another road to visit the Smokies and give access to... More 

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Eldersburg, Maryland
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28 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

This is a trail which takes you through a tunnel constructed in the 1940s when a road liking the south side of the Smokies was planned to Cades Cove or other areas west towards Fontana. The government reneged on the deal and now the road just ends after the 1/4 long tunnel, Hike the tunnel and surrounding hills for great... More 

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Hertford, North Carolina
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9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

Pretty good. A friend suggested we check it out. We enjoyed the walk through the tunnel and reading some of the graffiti. Worth the trip!!!!

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Pickens, South Carolina
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43 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Nice place to go poke around in out of the sun, and at no change. beautiful ride to get there. Worth the trip........

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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Unsure what exactly to expect, we decided to check out the Road to Nowhere on our recent trip to Bryson City. The tunnel itself is maybe a quarter of a mile in length - it's hard to tell. Be sure to read up on the history before you go.

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McDonough, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

If you're a fan of the Walking Dead or any post-apocalyptic movie, this looks like something straight out of those. Easily accessed by driving through a portion of Bryson City, and there is parking near the tunnel, a short walk will take you through the tunnel to the dead-end other side. Take a good flash light if you're prone to... More 

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Doral, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

Great little road with lots of history, right off Bryson city. Read the history before you go on the road and you will realize why they call it the Road to Nowhere. They also have hiking trails at the end of the road.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

You have to know the history to appreciate this dead end. Otherwise it's is just an unfinished road with a tunnel that drips. I had heard about it all through college but never made it over there. After a long car ride, it was a good place to get the kids out and walk around. My son was scared of... More 

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Harriman, TN
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26 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014 via mobile

I agree with others that you really need to read the history on the Road to Nowhere. So interesting! I drove this road on Halloween day. The road just comes to an end and there is a small parking area. You walk about 100 yards to the entrance of the tunnel. I won't lie...the tunnel is kind of creepy. It... More 

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Lenoir, North Carolina
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20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

You should read the history behind the road first before driving it, There is alot of history about the area before the dam was built.

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