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Unbelievable views and it's FREE!

We saw numerous pictures of the recently completed drive. There are several areas to pull off the... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Carmel, Indiana
Beautiful views

The newest section of the Foothills Parkway is absolutely amazing. The fall leaves are gorgeous and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Between Chilhowee Lake and Wears Valley, Townsend, TN
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We saw numerous pictures of the recently completed drive. There are several areas to pull off the road and take pictures. We made the drive on a cloudy, overcast day and we were still in awe! We cannot wait to go back on a clear,...More

Thank MSRcpa
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The newest section of the Foothills Parkway is absolutely amazing. The fall leaves are gorgeous and snow in the mountains can be seen. Well worth the drive!

1  Thank Lechien513
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful scenery! A few pull offs for picture taking or picnics! This drive is free so perfect for budget minded trips!

1  Thank jazzy1cat
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The new Foothills Parkway is an excellent and beautiful drive seeing the Smokies at its best. It is worth the wait of almost 50 years in the making. 25 years ago my wife and I were able to drive a short distance up it from...More

2  Thank mikegW4056LT
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I drove the newly opened portion usually referred to as the missing link of the Parkway which was magnificent with outstanding views at every overlook. We recommend it highly.

1  Thank David P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

FINALLY.....The Missing Link between Walland & Wears Valley has OPENED! November 10, 2018 This is a MUST for everyone visiting The Great Smoky Mountains National Park! Stop reading this....Get off the Internet, and GO DRIVE IT!!!! ♥️

3  Thank TravelingNapkin
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful view of the mountains 🏔. Great time to go is in the fall when you can see all he beautiful colors — orange, yellows, & reds.

1  Thank lilyyvanillyy
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Must must see place to travel. It is a bit long, especially when there is no wifi for the kiddos but every view is amazing. We took an entire day to drive the whole parkway and it was worth every minute. Look rock was a...More

Thank jpounders4
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Foothills Pkwy Missing Link opened to the public Saturday November 10,2018. I was there and one of the first ones to drive this new section. The views are stunning and the best I have ever seen. The leaf change this year was late so...More

2  Thank GoldRushJunkie
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Foothills Parkway is a national parkway maintained by the National Park Service. It traverses the foothills of the northern Great Smoky Mountains in Eastern Tennessee. The 71-mile parkway's last section was completed on November 8, 2018. This road provides many pullouts with parking for...More

1  Thank Susie1028
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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.
November 7, 2018|
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Response from Tom H | Reviewed this property |
Take 321 North out of Pigeon Forge. I believe it is light 3. It takes you through Wears Valley. You will arrive at the light in Townsend in about 15 miles. Take a right and run it out a few miles and you will see the parkway... More