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Foothills Parkway

Between Chilhowee Lake and Townsend., Townsend, TN
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Ranked #1 of 19 attractions in Townsend
Type: Scenic Drives
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Illinois
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86 reviews 86 reviews
14 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW

This is not a long drive,(maybe 20 miles) but gives a good glimpse of the Smokie Mountain area. You'll drive in a canopy of trees most of the time, but there are several places to pull and picnic, view the scenery, with some access to the roadside streams. The road has lots of curves and is narrow, but a good... More

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Dows
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13 reviews 13 reviews
11 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

We enjoyed this drive. It was quiet, very little traffic but still had some great views. One side had views of the Smoky Mountains, and one side had views of a valley with lots of homes, etc. (Maryville?)

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Palm Bay
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

This route is always scerene & a nice ride without excess traffic What more can we say ???? U ask us to use a min. of 50 characters?????

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Nashville, Tennessee, United States
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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

The best views around - I love the parkway - views of Maryville and of the valley! Pack a lunch and spend the day.

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snjmom
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56 reviews 56 reviews
24 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

Beautiful route with many pull offs and vistas. There are even some trail heads off of this route. I recommend Look Rock hiking trail and view. It is a .5 mile trip to the top of a 360 degree lookout that rivals Clingman's Dome. The trip back down is another .5 miles.

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Temple
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28 reviews 28 reviews
8 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Worth the drive, particularly if you simply want to enjoy some lovely views and plenty of "elbow room" when taking your pictures. On the way up, we stopped at several pull outs for photos of the valley and towns below. Encountered a number of motorcyclists and just a few cars. Refreshing to drive a road so "open" in the afternoon!... More

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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309 reviews 309 reviews
41 attraction reviews
134 helpful votes 134 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

We have driven the parkway twice. It is about 20 miles long, and doesn't get really high, but does give good views back into the Tennessee River valley, and of the mountain ridges to the south. The approach from the south end on Rt 129 is also a very pretty drive along the river. Worth doing.....

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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Many times over the past few years I have driven by the exit for the Foothills Parkway but never took the chance to see it. One day not long ago, I decided to drive this scenic route and I'm so glad I did. If you are ever find yourself in Townsend, TN and happen to be driving by the Foothills... More

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Sevierville, Tennessee
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

A great short (about 0.5 miles long) hike along the Foothills Parkway is to Look Rock. Look Rock is located about 6-8 miles from the Townsend entrance to the Foothills Parkway. You will see a sign for the Look Rock parking area which will be on the left side of the Parkway if traveling from Townsend. There is an overlook... More

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Georgia
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56 reviews 56 reviews
16 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

Love the views and the slower speed limit so that one can enjoy the lovely drive. Pull-offs offer amazing views of the mountains.

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