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Foothills Parkway

Between Chilhowee Lake and Townsend., Townsend, TN
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Beautiful drive

Nothing better than driving in the mountains! Beautiful views of mountains on one side, valley on... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Vicky k
Refreshing Surprise

We didn't know much about the foothills parkway but decided to try it. Its wider than the park road... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Hill City, South Dakota
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“the dragon” (46 reviews)
“beautiful drive” (38 reviews)
“pull offs” (30 reviews)
Between Chilhowee Lake and Townsend., Townsend, TN
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Reviewed yesterday

Nothing better than driving in the mountains! Beautiful views of mountains on one side, valley on the other! Will definitely go again

Thank Vicky k
Reviewed 2 days ago

We didn't know much about the foothills parkway but decided to try it. Its wider than the park road and has plenty of curves and overlooks to make things interesting. At the peak is Look Tower - call it a mini Clingman's Dome. A short...More

Thank DaleH173
Reviewed 1 week ago

Traffic is light and moves at reasonable sped. Great pull-offs for camera. View of Smokey's and Cumberland

Thank 7459chef
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you're going to or through Tennessee, you should definitely add this to your route especially in Autumn. The canopy of color cannot be beat!

Thank amandajbb
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A very a small version of the BRP. A lovely drive as nd great scenery. Wish it was longer. Sorry we got there before the fall colors.

Thank johnlong3508
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We do not live far from this beautiful drive and every time it offers something different as the seasons change, but Fall is my absolute favorite time to drive this stretch. There are plenty of pull offs to stop and look at the beauty of...More

Thank SmurfySmurfette80
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great Drive in the Mountains. Views everywhere. Take the short hike up to the Look Rock observation tower for 360 degree views.

Thank DanielandScout
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Beautiful Views in every direction. Perfect drive. Allow extra time for the short hike up to the Look Rock tower and its 360 degree views

Thank Daniel-GSMA
Reviewed 15 September 2017

Its so pretty and worth the trip. Its an easy hike and the views are worth it. Its great to go in the Fall or Summer. I have done both and even grew up coming here since I will little. Its a perfect place for...More

Thank Kelli D
Reviewed 7 September 2017 via mobile

This drive is a must if your in the Townsend area. If has plenty of pull offs and scenic overlooks. We rode it on a motorcycle and really enjoyed it.

Thank Jon J
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Suzanne E
10 April 2017|
Response from Paul S | Reviewed this property |
Lots of motels close in Townsend and about a half hour drive in either direction to Maysville or Pigeon Forge/ Gatlinburg. I don't know exactly what amenities you want but tripadvisor would be good place to start checking... More
Ronda B
8 March 2016|
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Response from SuzieQWaynesboroMs | Reviewed this property |
We usually do come in on the Townsend side depending on the time of day the traffic is much better. There is a sandwich shop /trinket shop to the left kind of in the middle of nowhere great food and clean restrooms. Its past... More
21 January 2015|
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Response from Gene H | Reviewed this property |
dme 12373, I think you will be good to go. Early Feb is one of the few times of the year there is much less traffic. The locals enjoy the "quiet.". Kind of surprised you are coming so early in the year. If you wait until... More