Newfound Gap Road

Newfound Gap Road, Great Smoky Mountains National Park: Address, Phone Number, Newfound Gap Road Reviews: 5/5

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Kathy D
Saint Louis, MO307 contributions
Oct 2021
Before you go, gas up your fuel tank. The hardest decision you will make is which pull-offs to pause at so you can soak in the views. Halfway between Gatlinburg and Cherokee is Newfound Gap, where you can learn about the origins of the Smoky Mountains National Park as well as hike part of the Appalachian Trail.
Written December 15, 2021
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Dan
Panama City Beach, FL11,769 contributions
Nov 2021 • Couples
My wife and I recently drove Newfound Gap road (US 441) from Cherokee to Gatlinburg. This 34 mile trip is one of the most scenic drives in America. It is the lowest drivable pass in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The road winds through the mountainous landscape featuring fragrant woodlands that include evergreen spruce, hardwoods and pine-oak while gaining over 3000 feet in elevation. Along the way there are scenic creeks & streams as well as multiple pull offs with spectacular views (picture taking paradise). You may spot wildlife along the way such as Black Bears or Wild Turkeys. We enjoyed seeing the Elk in the fields along side the Oconaluftee Visitor Center. Hiking opportunities galore including a section of the Appalachian Trail that crosses the road at Newfound Gap elevation 5046 feet and the very popular Alum Cave trail. Be prepared for the temperature change. It can vary as much as 10-12 degrees from the lowlands to Newfound Gap. We visited during the fall when the leaves were changing colors. It was fantastic. Be aware that the Great Smokey Mountains National Park is the most visited National park in the United States with over 12 million people annually and the traffic reflects that. Check your gas gauge before you enter the park. Overall we had an excellent experience. A “must do” when you visit the area.
Written December 7, 2021
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Indy-ND
South Bend, IN3,335 contributions
Sep 2021
If you are visiting the GSMNP, you need to make the drive over the Newfound Gap at least once. There countless pull-offs and parking areas for trails along the winding and twisting road. The views are amazing. I like the corners that loop around themselves through tunnels. It's a fun drive, especially in a little sports car. No need to speed, just enjoy the view and the corners. The guy that was behind me with the huge truck and giant travel trailer may have a different opinion.
Written November 29, 2021
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Cherry_Wonderdog
New England2,747 contributions
Oct 2021
Beautiful drive. Very scenic. Lots to see. Great vistas. Good foliage. Many turnoffs. Quite insightfully, Cherry Wonderdog also considers the Newfound Gap Road an invaluable means to an end (e.g., a drive to reach one of the memorable hiking trails in the park) rather than merely an end to itself.
Written November 2, 2021
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AndyB5542
Minneapolis, MN3,687 contributions
Oct 2021 • Couples
If you need to get anywhere in the Park, you’ll travel on the New Found Gap road. Get a pamphlet at one of the visitor centers for a description of highlights along the way. Or just wing it and pull over in a turnout when you see something interesting.
Written October 19, 2021
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rayroy
Boardman, OH1,528 contributions
Jun 2021 • Couples
We drove the newfound Gap road from clingmans dome to Gatlinburg. The scenery was amazing I'm glad we decided to take this way. We stopped at many of the overlooks to take pictures of the area. If you're in the area do yourself a favor and take this drive.
Written October 16, 2021
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Steven W
Sacramento, CA1,238 contributions
Sep 2021
This is the main drive into the Smokies. Lots of nice turnouts to take in the views. Several hiking trails and quiet walkways along the drop. Worth making stops along the way to explore. The higher you go, the better the views.
Written October 3, 2021
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TravelingSoccerLoon
Saint Paul, MN1,188 contributions
Sep 2021 • Solo
This is the main route that traverses Great Smoky Mountain National Park and offers spectacular views along the way. Many places to pull off but the best views are found at Newfound Gap, Luftee Overlook, and Morton’s Overlook. Beware that there was construction when I visited last month with single lane traffic at 1 point making for some long delays if arriving during the busiest times of the day
Written October 1, 2021
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TYPSUKR
Arlington, VA668 contributions
Sep 2021
This is the one major road which connects one side of the park to the other, and to see almost anything in the park, you have to spend at least a little bit of time on it. We drove it all the way from Gatlinburg (Sugarlands entrance) to the Newfound Gap overlook. At the time we drove, 1 PM on a Thursday, the traffic itself wasn't too heavy, but road work was underway, so we had wait while a flagman directed single-lane traffic. This was true both coming and going for us.

The road itself was well-maintained (as evident with the roadwork we saw), and you're rewarded with a scenic drive up an impressive mountain range. There are numerous overlooks and pullouts along the way, as well as trailheads and picnic areas.
Written September 23, 2021
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William F
Fort Lauderdale, FL19 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
Fun ride up the mountain to a stunning view of the valleys and vistas, went twice on a sunny day and a “Smokey” one and both were beautiful times to go.
Written September 18, 2021
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