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Foothills Parkway

Between Chilhowee Lake and Townsend., Townsend, TN
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Stunning views

We really enjoyed this drive. The views of the mountains are amazing and if you are interested in... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Ft. Walton
Favorite place to view the leaves

Look forward to driving the parkway every year when the leaves peak.I make sure to take my family... read more

Reviewed 9 November 2017
Gail D
Townsend, Tennessee
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“the dragon” (47 reviews)
“beautiful drive” (39 reviews)
“pull offs” (31 reviews)
Between Chilhowee Lake and Townsend., Townsend, TN
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 9 November 2017 via mobile

Look forward to driving the parkway every year when the leaves peak.I make sure to take my family when they come to see the leaves in the fall.

Thank Gail D
Reviewed 9 November 2017

At sunrise, in the first parking area from Townsend is a classic view of the fog rising in the Smoky Mountains with a colorful sky (weather dependent) backdrop. Arrive early as many photograph this stunning view.

1  Thank sandykip
Reviewed 7 November 2017 via mobile

What a beautiful drive! The views and change of color of the trees was so worth it! The area was quite, roads clean, turnoffs available if you wanted to look more at the scenery!

Thank jjtjet10
Reviewed 31 October 2017 via mobile

We never miss the chance to drive this Parkway. It's a beautiful road, & when the leaves are changing, it's nice to pull off & enjoy the views. But, don't be in a hurry. Take the time to walk to Look Rock Tower as well.

Thank redbird02
Reviewed 20 October 2017

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

1  Thank Vicky k
Reviewed 19 October 2017

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

1  Thank DaleH173
Reviewed 11 October 2017

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

Thank 7459chef
Reviewed 8 October 2017

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 30 September 2017

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
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Suzanne E
9 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
7 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