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Foothills Parkway

Between Chilhowee Lake and Townsend., Townsend, TN
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360 Degree Views!

Beautiful Views in every direction. Perfect drive. Allow extra time for the short hike up to the... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Gatlinburg, Tennessee
I love the views!

Its so pretty and worth the trip. Its an easy hike and the views are worth it. Its great to go in... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Kelli D
Knoxville, Tennessee
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“the dragon” (46 reviews)
“pull offs” (32 reviews)
Between Chilhowee Lake and Townsend., Townsend, TN
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Reviewed 2 days 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 6 days ago

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 2 weeks ago 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
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not a bad drive with nice views. Lot of motorcycle's on the road that seem to want to go a lot faster than the cars. There are enough pull offs to get some nice pictures.

Thank Daryl H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Drove the sections from Maryville to Townsend. Lots of spots to pull over. Not all the spots are scenic, but there are some beautiful areas near the end of the parkway. Not nearly as crowded as Gatlinburg bypass, but not quite as scenic either. Not...More

Thank Arissa R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is such a beautiful drive with several overlooks. It is a great way to spend the day. There are several restaurants located near the Parkway. There are also little mom and pop stores and tubing companies. The drive into Pigeon Forge is an easy...More

Thank Travelfreak101
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Checked out a little known gem in the GSMNP, a section that is along the Foothills parkway. Look Rock, Great observations and cool weather station too! Paved Trail and plenty of parking.

Thank LewieD
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This scenic drive is right by Townsend and provides several pull overs to get nice views. Going up, the lookouts on the left give views of the Smokies, while the right side gives looks down on the lights of the town of Maryville. We went...More

Thank EAJ1313
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a short 18 mile trip out and back. Several nice pulloffs witty beautiful views. Off the beaten path with less traffic than some of the other park roads.

Thank Vicki F
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very little traffic, easy driving, great views! Hardly a car/motorcycle in sight. My favorite motorcycle/car drive in the Smokys

Thank bucfan823
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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