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Majestic Views

The parkway between Chilhowee Lake and Townsend was quite the scenic view, but now that it has been... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Maryville, Tennessee
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Amazing new section

Even though the day we drove the new section of the parkway was rainy and foggy, it did not... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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“the dragon”(56 reviews)
“beautiful drive”(46 reviews)
Between Chilhowee Lake and Wears Valley, Townsend, TN
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The parkway between Chilhowee Lake and Townsend was quite the scenic view, but now that it has been extended to Pigeon Forge in November 2018 it is double the scenic route. As we drove the extension my wife made the comment that wow this is...More

Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Even though the day we drove the new section of the parkway was rainy and foggy, it did not dissapoint! So beautiful and there are plenty of pull outs to take in the view. It would be great on motorcycles as well.

Thank rvadventures69
Reviewed 2 days ago

The last 16 miles between Walland and Wears Valley opened November 10, 2018. This bypasses Townsend but you can always drive back. The views are incredible. This is so worth the time to drive to see the Great Smoky Mountains and the valley of Townsend....More

1  Thank SuzieQTravels
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We drove the missing link of the Foothills Parkway today between Wears Valley and Walland and it was absolutely amazing. If you haven't rode it yet it is very much worth the drive. Road is very nice as it was just finished but the pull-offs...More

2  Thank Shane R
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you love the mountains, this is a must drive. The drive is beautiful and even during the peak color season it is usually uncrowded. We always make this a part of our trip.

1  Thank rwtamt
Reviewed 1 week ago

Looking forward to the opening of the new section and the new vistas it will offer. Great spot for sunrise and sunset photos across the valleys to the mountains.

Thank Cindy H
Reviewed 1 week ago

Easy pleasant drive with great views of the Smokies and the valley. Plenty of turnouts for photo opportunities - bring a good camera!

Thank Stay57471844770
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Although similar to the Cherohala Parkway, this one will take a bit longer if you stop at some of the many scenic overlooks. Twisty roads, a scenic treasure, and moderate traffic is to be expected especially during "leaf peeping" season. Take the Cade's Cove loop...More

1  Thank Rod K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We took the Foothills parkway to Look Rock Tower. It was a beautiful drive. After exploring Look Rock Tower, we continued on. It is worth the drive.

1  Thank DeberaLynne
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The vistas were beautiful with sweeping turns and hills. Certainly you must pay attention to the winding roads, but plenty of overlook pull offs to get that photo opportunity. Great ride.

Thank EastCoaster1010
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8 November 2018|
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Response from Tom H | Reviewed this property |
Take 321 North out of Pigeon Forge. I believe it is light 3. It takes you through Wears Valley. You will arrive at the light in Townsend in about 15 miles. Take a right and run it out a few miles and you will see the parkway... More
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Response from Sandy L | Reviewed this property |
Sometime in November 2018
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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!