Top 10 Smoky Mountain Scenic Drives

These gorgeous Smoky Mountain scenic drives boast sweeping mountain views you’ll remember for a lifetime. While these picturesque parkways are wonderful any time of year, the vibrant colors of fall add a extra spark of beauty. These roads also boast a variety of hiking and entertainment options along the route. 

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Smoky Mountain Scenic Drives

Roaring Fork Motor Nature Tail – This forested nature trail features rustic driving bridges, restrooms and picnic areas. Along the route, there are also a variety of hiking trails and a historic homestead.

Blue Ridge Parkway – Stretching from Cherokee, North Carolina to Shenandoah National Park in Virginia, this parkway offers 469 miles of amazing views!

Cades Cove Loop Road – This scenic loop features a variety of great photo spots with designated pull-offs and sweeping mountain views. A variety of historic churches, homesteads an other buildings are also featured along this route. This is also an excellent spot to bear watch.

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Little River Road – This windy drive follows the Little River, hence the name. It stretches from Gatlinburg to Cades Cove and features several pull-off locations for pictures. There are also several hiking opportunities along this route, as well as the Sugarland’s Visitor Center.

Cherohala Skyway & The Tail Of The Dragon – Slightly south of the Smokies, this famed 129 mile driving loop features scenic views and the Tail of the Dragon, a section of highway that attracts motorcyclists from across the United States. The Tail of the Dragon is infamous for its 318 curves in just 11 short miles and the many deaths that occur from reckless driving!

Clingman’s Dome Road – With some of the highest elevations in the Smoky Mountains, this picturesque road leads to several enchanting hiking trails, including Clingman’s Dome Trail with its famous tower.

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Wears Valley Road – This peaceful road meanders through the Smoky Mountain town of Wears Valley. Wears Valley offers a variety of quaint county cafes, restaurants and shops with continuous mountain views. The road also connects Townsend to Pigeon Forge.

Foothills Parkway – With multiple sections, this route offers breath taking views of the Smoky Mountains and the Tennessee Valley. There are many pull-offs along the way to satisfy the photographer in you!

Newfound Gap Road – This road is the lowest pass through the Great Smoky Mountains and connects Gatlingburg, Tennessee to Cherokee, North Carolina. It is known for its cool temperatures.

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Tremont Road – This route is close to Cades Cove and features an upper and lower portion. Along this route, in addition to the great views, you will also find the Tremont Institute. This educational center features classes and programs designed to bring you closer to nature.



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