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

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"We're On a Road to Nowhere"

There was a Talking Heads song in the mid-80's called "Road to Nowhere." If you like that song here's your opportunity to listen to it as you take a ride on a REAL Road to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Got2GoAllTheTime
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Louisville, Kentucky
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Louisville, Kentucky
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52 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

There was a Talking Heads song in the mid-80's called "Road to Nowhere." If you like that song here's your opportunity to listen to it as you take a ride on a REAL Road to Nowhere. The Road to Nowhere is technically Lakeview Drive, a road that runs out of Bryson City, North Carolina toward the Great Smoky Mountains National... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016 via mobile

Pretty cool thing to do, especially if you never been around tunnels much. Only down fall, the graffiti all over the walls. Aside from that it was really nice. Next time would like to spend some time hiking the trails and going down to the lake.

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Westville, Indiana
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221 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 152 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015

This road out of Bryson City, NC ends at an abandoned tunnel. Thus, it's title : Road to Nowhere. You can walk through the tunnel, but remember a flashlight. It can get dark in the middle & footing can be treacherous. What's cool is at the end of the tunnel begins the Goldmine Loop hiking trail. 3.1 miles round trip.... More 

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bradenton, fl
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118 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2015

Can look a little intimidating as you walk up to it, but its not bad at all. Once you walk through the tunnel, there is a hiking trail you can walk, that we will conquer next time.

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Chicago
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2015

The drive has a few very nice views. I didn't walk in the tunnel at the end as there didn't seem to be any point. I wouldn't make a trip to the area to do that, but if, like us, you've come to hike Deep Creek, it's worth the 45 minutes or so it takes to drive out and back.

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Beavercreek, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015 via mobile

Rode our bike here and had great views with very pretty scenery. Easy to find and a great ride for motorcycles.

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Satellite Beach, Florida
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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 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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10 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 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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