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Road to Nowhere

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, NC
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Type: Scenic Drives, Landmarks
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Owner description: A scenic drive through the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.
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Type: Scenic Drives, Landmarks
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Owner description: A scenic drive through the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.
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Lenoir, North Carolina
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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Birmingham, Alabama
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47 reviews 47 reviews
8 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

It was a nice crisp walk and the tunnel was very interesting. At the end the road tuns into a trail that connects to one that runs the 33 mile length of the trail.

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19 reviews 19 reviews
12 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

There are beautiful views of Fontana Lake on the drive up. This is a popular place for horseback riding so you may want a flashlight for the tunnel. The tunnel is quite dark. We hiked for a bit on the trails beyond the tunnel. Pretty but no views. We encountered very few people while there which was very nice.

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West Long Branch, NJ
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47 reviews 47 reviews
17 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

We've heard about the Road to Nowhere for years, but no one would tell us how to get there. Luckily, a little searching online this year, and we found it. It's a beautiful drive into the Park. You will come to a pull off/parking area on the right (you won't be able to continue by car), and you continue on... More 

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Peekskill, New York
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39 reviews 39 reviews
4 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

I like seeing the less popular areas of the Smoky Mountains. Also, I feel like a broken record in my reviews, but we travel with our dog. Although pets are not allowed on the trails, I appreciate that they are allowed in many areas including a stroll through the tunnel and surrounding area. I think it is worth the ride... More 

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Plantation, Florida
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87 reviews 87 reviews
53 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

This place is very, very, very, cool. The floor in the tunnel is very muddy. Wear sneakers (or tennis shoes). Overall: Worth it!

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Pembroke, North Carolina
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2013

For one we had a wonderful time... 2 we were so amazed to see a black wild hog... 3 my daughter got it confused with a bear lol... 4 She thought it was coming right 4 us which it was...5 Everyone scattered it was so hilarious...I was like don't run don't run y-all... But now if I would've known it... More 

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Selma, North Carolina, United States
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58 reviews 58 reviews
35 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

The road is hard to locate so you need to do some google searching and bring a map (GPS might not work). It will also help to look up the history behind the road. Once you find the road, you will see a sign that says "welcome to the road to nowhere, a broken promise 1943-?". That is how you... More 

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Dallas
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16 reviews 16 reviews
12 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

It is tough to fond by the GPS so we had to go old school- maps and asking locals. The road is Ok, nothing special about it. There are couple scenic views of Fontana lake. The road ends to a tunnel which was pretty muddy so we did not venture inside. Ok, if you want to kill some time

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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013

Lovely area with great history. We took a quick trip but ended up following the trail out a bit. Turns out we were following a 42 mile long trail instead of the 3 mile trail we thought we were on. When in doubt, bring a map and water. Beautiful creeks and vistas. Nice trail for conversation and thinking.

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