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“Nice Drive.”
Review of Foothills Parkway

Foothills Parkway
Ranked #2 of 32 things to do in Townsend
Certificate of Excellence
St. Joseph, Michigan
Level Contributor
11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Nice Drive.”
Reviewed August 11, 2012

I took this drive while headed to Bryson City. Great pull-offs for wonderful views of the Smokies. Even has a couple trils to walk if you want to and visit Look Rock where the Web-Cam is located.

Visited August 2012
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Easley, South Carolina, United States
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47 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Not crowded and BEAUTIFUL”
Reviewed August 10, 2012

This was a great surprise! We just happened to take the Foothills Parkway and it was a scenic and peaceful drive. The first time on it was on the Gatlinburg side and we had to wait about 8 or 9 minutes because they are cleaning the overlooks of overgrown trees so they closed one lane at a time for a little while. We didn't mind the short wait - better than going down a boring highway! Loved the 2nd parkway that goes from Townsend to Look Rock - no stoppages on that one and it was really pretty as well.

Visited August 2012
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Dallas, Texas
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31 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Motorcyclists..do not miss this!”
Reviewed July 27, 2012

Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous..as well as the dragon tail...and cherahola skyway.....do NOT skip driving through the Smokey Mtn Park..it IS the prettiest of all rides (dragon tail most fun n twisty)....

Visited July 2012
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Monroe, Louisiana
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51 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Very Nice Drive!”
Reviewed July 27, 2012

The Foothills Parkway isn't as traveled, but it is very nice. There are vistas of the plains leading up to the mountains, as well as on the other side of the road, views of the Smokies. It's a 17 mile drive but you pretty much have to turn around and come back ... which isn't bad because it is so beautiful. At the end of the drive we took a left and after a winding drive came to an overlook with a dam in the distance. Enjoyable!

Visited July 2012
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Lantana, Florida
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129 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Great drive and view no matter the season”
Reviewed July 23, 2012

Want a great view of the Smoky Mountains w/o going into the park--try the Parkway. The pull-outs are easy--hardly any steps. The views and photo opts are the best.

Visited June 2012
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