Newfound Gap Road And Tour The Great Smoky Mountains

Tour The Great Smoky Mountains guide:

This popular route provides a half-day overview of the national park’s features. Incredible scenic vistas, wildlife viewing, easy hikes, and explorations into the local history are all along the way.

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Tour The Great Smoky Mountains; The 30-mile Newfound Gap Road is the most popular route through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, providing access to scenic vistas, including the 360-degree views from the Smokies’ highest peak, Clingman’s Dome. Along the way are opportunities for easy hikes, wildlife viewing, and access to the region’s human history. Explore these and more with your expert personal guide, available 24/7 on your schedule!

Tour The Great Smoky Mountains Highlights

  • Newfound Gap Road Tour
  • Mountain Farm Museum
  • Mingus Mill & Scenic Overlooks
  • Clingman’s Dome & Newfound Gap
  • Chimneys & Little Pigeon River
Transportation Walking & Driving
Specialty Highway/Countryside, Historical/Heritage
Tour Type Guided Tour – play before & while you tour
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  • Avoid the Newfound Gap Road in the busy summer months and during fall color season when it can actually be subject to traffic jams. Plan your trip for spring, late fall, or winter.
  • Allow at least a half day for the drive if you want to take in the major sights at the visitor centers as well as stop at overlooks and take the short hike to the Clingman's Dome observation tower.
  • Keep in mind there are no dining or lodging services in the park. Pack a picnic lunch, and plan to stay in Cherokee or Gatlinburg if you're not camping.
  • One of the best places to spot black bears along this route is in the vicinity of the Smokemont Campground. But remember to keep your distance. Never approach wildlife.
  • Bring binoculars for taking in the views at Newfound Gap and Clingman's Dome.

Deborah Huso

Deborah is a nationally published freelance travel journalist and has been writing on the southern Appalachians for more than 10 years. She also serves as contributing editor with Blue Ridge Country, and her first guidebook on the Smokies and Blue Ridge Parkway was published in 2010. Visit her online for more information.


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