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Foothills Parkway

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

The Foothills Parkway is an extension of the Nation Park Service and is just an amazing place to... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Knoxville, Tennessee
Terrific views, enjoyable drive

So nice to take a leisurely drive on this winding and scenic two-lane kind of back road. Surprised... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Atlanta, Georgia
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“the dragon” (47 reviews)
“beautiful drive” (41 reviews)
“pull offs” (33 reviews)
Between Chilhowee Lake and Townsend., Townsend, TN
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Foothills Parkway is an extension of the Nation Park Service and is just an amazing place to go. The drive is so beautiful with the views on both sides just amazing. As you climb the crest of the mountain, you can see off both...More

Thank AppalachianWanderers
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

So nice to take a leisurely drive on this winding and scenic two-lane kind of back road. Surprised to see all the leftover fall color in November

Thank Jerric0
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Perfect peaceful drive in the fall - spring is beautiful, too, but we prefer fall for the colors. Absolutely love this area.

Thank bnmosier
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

The views of the foothills parkway are truly amazing. We took my two-year-old and stopped along the way at all of the outlooks. She had as good of a time as we did. This should definitely be on everyone’s list for a scenic East Tennessee...More

Thank Amanda E
Reviewed 12 January 2018

Although not quite completed, it is worth the drive. Gorgeous vistas from the parkway that has lots of pull-offs to get photos of the beautiful mountains & valleys along the route. Can't wait to drive it when it is complete!!

Thank LuvOBX13
Reviewed 30 December 2017 via mobile

Took the parkway today. Nice easy drive, there are tons of pull offs and overlooks and some amazing views and beautiful wildlife. Had a great time.

Thank Ernest R
Reviewed 29 December 2017 via mobile

We missed visiting the parkway during the day, and at the last minute decided to drive it at night. It did not disappoint!!! It was beautiful looking down at the city lights! One of the highlights of our trip!

Thank sheri t
Reviewed 28 December 2017 via mobile

Drive through the Foothills Parkway during the snow, in December! Absolutely beautiful! My husband and I always enjoy this drive, no matter the season!

Thank Zoesnia
Reviewed 21 December 2017

Great driving activity. Stops all along the Parkway so you can take pictures. Hiking trails conveniently marked. Enjoyed the sunrise from the top of the Parkway.

Thank knb1955
Reviewed 27 November 2017

We really enjoyed this drive. The views of the mountains are amazing and if you are interested in geology (like me), you will have plenty of roadcuts that provided great examples of different formations.

Thank fosgate3
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Suzanne E
10 April 2017|
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Response from tspooh02 | Reviewed this property |
There are a few motels in Townsend, TN, which is just minutes from the Parkway and minutes from the entrance to the National Park. We can also highly recommend renting a cabin with Dogwood Cabins in Townsend!
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