Newfound Gap

Newfound Gap, a paved road in the Great Smoky Mountains

Newfound Gap is a mountain pass at an elevation of 1.541m (5,055ft) above the sea level, located on the border of eastern Tennessee and western North Carolina, in USA.

Located in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park of the southern Appalachian Mountains, the scenic road to the summit is paved. It’s called Newfound Gap Road (US-441). The scenic mountain drive ascends through cove hardwood, pine-oak, and northern hardwood forest. At 5,048 feet, Newfound Gap is the lowest drivable pass through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The road was built in the 1930’s. It features tunnels, stone bridges and ample twisty roads.

The pass is 56.16km (34.9 miles) long, running north-south from Gatlinburg, a mountain town in eastern Tennessee, to Cherokee, a town in western North Carolina. Be prepared for cooler temperatures, even during the summer months. Despite its heavy winter snows, the pass is kept open all year, except during and just after winter storms.

This is a remarkable road trip. The summit is home to the Rockefeller Memorial and hosts a big parking lot. The views along this road are magnificent. There are many pulloffs and scenic overlooks along the road. The road gives the chance to visit the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the most visited national park in the United States.

 

 

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