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“A road that ends...” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Road to Nowhere

Road to Nowhere
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, NC
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Type: Scenic Drives, Landmarks
Activities: Viewing wildlife
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Owner description: A scenic drive through the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.
maggie valley
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32 reviews 32 reviews
7 attraction reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“A road that ends...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2012

Literally you walk through a tunnel, continue for another fifty feet and the road ends. Nothing too exciting about that. Great trail rides for horse people (from what I have been told anyways). I went in fall so the colors where beautiful. No views of mountains at the road.
The most interesting part of this sight. Is the historical backround here. So look it up before you go. There are no signs to read once ypu get there.

Visited October 2011
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Orlando, Florida
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Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Nothing to write home about”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2012

Nice little drive through the mountains followed by a walk down a long tunnel. As the title implies, there is not a lot happening here. If you have some time to kill it is interesting to see, but if given a choice between this or another activity, I'd definitely go with your other option.

Visited May 2012
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Franklin, North Carolina
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Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“fun adventure”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2012

This is just a curiosity and fun day out into the mountains to see a road built that actually goes nowhere; it ended for no real reason.

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Georgia
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17 attraction reviews
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82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
“Sights and advice among the parkway:”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2012

Not the Grand Tetons, but a truly majestic place to visit. It is like stepping back in time. The summers are hot and the water icy. You can swim or splash anywhere in the mountains. The mornings are foggy, a reminder of the Cherokee Ancestors guarding their sacred mountains.

The roads are crowded from June to August with crazy tourists who do not know how to drive on steep and windy mountains. Suggestion, do not ride your brake when traveling down the slopes and use the pull-offs to rest your transmission and brakes – that is what they are there for!

Wildlife is abundant, you just have to get off the well-beaten paths and look for them. We wake at 4am and are on the mountain by 5am when the paths are isolated. Last summer, we were lucky enough to see a couple of wolves, something VERY rare and special in the section of the park we were in. Usually wolves hang in the high county and keep a low profile. If you have small children, you can just use the pull-off and turn off the car and watch for animals from the overlook, but you have to do this early around dawn. During the day you might see deer, rabbits, and elk. Bears come out early and at dusk. Unless you are in the high country, do not expect to see one. Elk like to hang out at the visitor center by the Cherokee Entrance at dusk. If you see a line of cars in a slow pace, pull out your camera, just do not blow your horn because elk will head-butt whoever’s car they are standing near and I have actually seen a brawl go down between a tourist whose truck was head-butted and the idiot that blew his horn.

Hiking is a must, just be sure to wear suitable shoes and not flip flops because poisonous snakes are abundant. However there are not any poisonous water snakes in the parkway and one can swim without fear. Do be cautious of wild boars and cougars, regardless of what the visitor center tells you, they are there.

Be sure to stop at all the visitor centers as each offers something different, enjoy a picnic at Chimney’s Top where the bear are most often seen, hike Clingman’s Dome, let the children splash in the water at Mingus Mill, watch for elk and bears on the peaceful drive to Cades Cove, and be sure to check out the area waterfalls at Grotto’s, Abrams, Laurel, and Mingo Falls. And keep your eyes open for the dimly lit tunnels that are spread alone the parkway and remember to blow your horn, it is a sort of game tourist like to play.

Visited July 2011
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Evans, Georgia
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Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“Beautiful drive to a spooky old tunnel.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2011

My wife and I rented a cabin just north of Bryson City, NC, during a beautiful October weekend. After hiking the Deep Creek trails and having some Country Boy BBQ, we drove up the Road to Nowhere, a seven mile winding mountain road with 2 or 3 amazing overlooks. At the end of the road there is a tunnel through the mountain. Standing at the mouth of the tunnel, it doesn't look like that far of a walk to the other side, but when you get to the middle and you can't see your feet, you realize that the other side is pretty far away. The road ends just outside the opening of the tunnel and becomes a trail. The trail views are mostly wooded, but the tunnel is definitely worth seeing.

Visited October 2011
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