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Foothills Parkway

Between Chilhowee Lake and Townsend., Townsend, TN
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Favorite Way Home

Stopping to soak in the beautiful views along Foothills Parkway and take in a few last deep breaths... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Deborah L
One of my favorite places

Great drive just to get away with your own thoughts. Also a fantastic bike ride (if you got the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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  • Excellent77%
  • Very good19%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
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“the dragon” (45 reviews)
“pull offs” (29 reviews)
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Between Chilhowee Lake and Townsend., Townsend, TN
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Stopping to soak in the beautiful views along Foothills Parkway and take in a few last deep breaths of the refreshing mountain air is our favorite way to leave our treasured visits to the Great Smoky Mountains.

Thank Deborah L
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great drive just to get away with your own thoughts. Also a fantastic bike ride (if you got the legs for it, which I don't any more :-(

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

beautiful ride to see beautiful views of mountains, also greats spots for pictures. It is a very relaxing ride through the mountains

Thank tazcle24
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You must see this place at or near sunset. Pull over and watch the beauty over Maryville unfold. There is also a nice hike up to the weather tower with even more breathtaking views. Excellent Motorcycle ride.

Thank SuzanB76
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great drive outside of the smokies. Not as crowded as the park but just as pretty. Very well maintained by the park service

Thank Max P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Very cool scenery and plenty of places to stop and take some incredible pictures, just make sure yo know where you are going. One wrong turn and you are on the trail of the dragon(318 curves in 11 miles) we ended up getting a little...More

Thank Brennan S
Reviewed 7 May 2017 via mobile

I love to come to the mountains and watch the sun set. It is a great view The mountains! Cade's cove is also a cool place up there.

Thank billybobjoe1021
Reviewed 4 May 2017 via mobile

Lovely ride, hard to watch road with so much beauty passing by. Had to pull over sometimes to take it in and get photos.

Thank Mark W
Reviewed 3 May 2017

Drove the Foothills Parkway on our way to the Tail of the Dragon. The views were frequent and breathtaking. The road was also in good shape and the speed limit was generally a good fit (45 mph). It seemed like a very accessible way to...More

Thank eightwednesday
Reviewed 30 April 2017

We drive this road at least once every time we're in the Townsend area. It's a lovely drive no matter what the season. We also think there's usually less traffic. Drive as much or as little of the road as you wish.

Thank Sharon K
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Suzanne E
is there a decent hotel motel nearby?
10 April 2017|
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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
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Ronda B
Coming east from Nashville, what is the BEST and scenic drive to avoid the Pigeon Forge traffic??? Thank you!!!
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
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dme12373
It has been several years since we visited the Cove and have always enjoyed it. This year my wife and I are planning to visit the park mid week the first week of February. With all the comments about traffic should we expect long lines this time of year?
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
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