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Peaceful and less crowded

We went onto the "Missing Link" section and the views are amazing. There are less people than in... read more

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Gatlinburg, Tennessee
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We finally got to drive the recently opened section between Wears Valley and Townsend. I had no... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Springfield, Tennessee
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Between Chilhowee Lake and Wears Valley, Townsend, TN
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We went onto the "Missing Link" section and the views are amazing. There are less people than in the main sections of the National Park. It is very peaceful and beautiful.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank crystalm37
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We finally got to drive the recently opened section between Wears Valley and Townsend. I had no idea how spectacular the views of Wears Valley and Townsend would be. Even in the winter, the views were breathtaking. This section meanders through the foothills. We have...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Tennessee50plus
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We decided to take the Foothills Parkway as the long scenic tour from our stay in Townsend back to Maryville on our way home from our weekend visit. While our drive occurred at the end of government shut down, the parkway and various pull offs...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Sharon S
Reviewed January 15, 2019

Great views along the drive. The new section has views into Townsend we haven't seen before. Once at the bridges, the views open to a great expansive view of the Smoky Mountains.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank kkgone
Reviewed January 13, 2019

I am a local. This section of the Foothills Parkway has been a long time coming! It takes you from Townsend, TN, to Wears Valley. From there it is a short ride into Pigeon Forge, TN, and Gatlinburg, TN. If you are visiting the Smoky...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank gibsons25
Reviewed January 9, 2019 via mobile

Had the opportunity to drop the top on a warm January day and cruise the parkway. Beautiful views and no crowds on the new section recently opened. I expect once tourist season gets here it will be pretty busy. Places to pull off and enjoy...More

Date of experience: January 2019
2  Thank Bobkat0923
Reviewed January 6, 2019 via mobile

Took a solo ride and was super impressed. The views and scenery is outstanding. Great curves. The bridges are awesome. Lots of pullouts. Highly recommend. Rating... outstanding.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Iralgo
Reviewed January 3, 2019

We drove the recently opened stretch from Wears Valley to Townsend where it connects with the old section. This new road is fabulous! The views are spectacular and the road is new, so it's very smooth. Nice pullovers to get photos. I enjoyed the views...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank utwila
Reviewed December 31, 2018

You have to drive this! The views are amazing. I feel like I can touch heaven as it is high up. Pull over, take pictures, and just feel the peace coming down the mountains.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank ChristineBrown92
Reviewed December 30, 2018 via mobile

Great views! I've lived within 20 minutes of this unfinished parkway for over five decades... It was worth the wait, and I'm so glad they finally finished it. Breathtaking! I do hope they place a plaque that memorializes those who lost their lives during the...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Karen C
December 28, 2018|
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Response from mikegW4056LT | Reviewed this property |
The speed limit is 35 and many automatics will downshift on their own. May have to brake some.
November 28, 2018|
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Response from staceyrealtor | Reviewed this property |
We started just outside of Townsend between Maryville & Townsend a bit closer to Townsend tho. Beautiful views along the way.
Matt B
November 25, 2018|
Response from GoldRushJunkie | Reviewed this property |
Hi, I drove the new missing link Foothills opening day. The speed limit is 35mph and depending on the traffic and if you stop at the pull offs it should take you about 20-30 minutes.
Travel Forum Posts
Best way from Gatlinburg to Orlando (10 Replies)
I will be leaving Gatlinburg and driving to Florida. Mapquest says the best way is to get on 321 (parkway) to 73 (Wilton Springs Rd) to right on 40. On the map I see a Foothills Parkway that seems to connect to 40 and cuts out a lot of miles. From the map I am not sure about the hills and curves on either of the roads. Can someone tell me what they think is the best route to Orlando. Also is it really hilly and winding roads. I have a prius and concerned if the car can make it. Thanks
August 25, 2011|
Response fromroom121|
I would personally go back thru Knoxville to I-40 then take 75 to Chattanooga, Atlanta, etc. No surprises. Yes the other way is fraught with mountains and curves.
40 to Foothills Parkway (11 Replies)
Would this be a good route to go to miss the traffic delays? We will be coming from Nashville.
June 05, 2008|
Response fromCoffeeBean52|
It adds 40 miles or more to your trip than the 407 exit. However; depending on the date and time of day of your arrival, it may be worth it. When are you expecting to arrive?
Foothills Parkway construction? (6 Replies)
On our recent trip to the GSMNP we traveled from Cades Cove to Pigeon Forge via 321 and I saw an entry ramp to the closed Foothills Parkway. A few years ago during a fall visit we were able to drive on a closed section in Blount County that was temporarily opened for the weekend. Just wondering about the progress of the parkway constuction and will the full 70 plus miles ever be open? Thanks
April 12, 2012|
Response fromKat_Cubs_fan|
Still being worked on and no definite finish date has been announced. Think it may still be a while.