Scenic Drives in The Smokies

We know that aside from the amazing attractions in the Smokies, the purpose of coming to Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg for many is to take in the views and connect with nature. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park offers some of the most breathtaking views in the country! So, we want to guide you in the right direction to some of the best scenic drives. Let’s get into it! 

  1. Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail – On Roaring Fork you can take in the stunning views of the forest, rushing streams and historic buildings including preserved log cabins, grist mills, and other incredible sites. 
  2. Upper Tremont Road – Near Wears Valley, Upper Tremont Road makes for the perfect scenic drive, and, be sure to pull off and take in the views of the Smokies at one of the picnic stops. 
  3. Cades Cove LoopCades Cove is popular for a reason, and we think it’s a must-do on your trip to the Smokies. The loop is known for being a perfect place to see wildlife. From native birds to bears and deer, you won’t want to miss this opportunity to connect with nature. It is 11 miles long and has stops to pull off for picnics or a break from the drive.
  4. NewFound Gap Road – Newfound Gap Road is known as the lowest pass through the Great Smoky Mountains. This drive is smooth-sailing as it is the only completely paved drive through the Smokies. A plus: there are signs that let you know when to stop to see some exciting historical landmarks along the way! 
  5. Blue Ridge Parkway – 469 miles of beautiful mountain terrain. The Smokies stretch so far and you won’t believe the views! Don’t forget to make a few pit stops for a picnic or a hike along the way. . 

You won’t want to miss out on these beautiful drives! 

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