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Autumn trees along the Foothills Parkway

A visit to the Smoky Mountains in the fall isn’t complete without taking a beautiful scenic drive. Packing up the family for a vacation in Gatlinburg is a classic experience for many and we want to help you have the best time possible. Below are 3 of the best scenic drives to take in the Smoky Mountains and a few great reasons that you’ll enjoy being our guest the next time you’re in town!

1. Newfound Gap Road and Clingmans Dome Road

Autumn along Newfound GapLeaf peepers seeking a view with their fall foliage will enjoy a drive along Newfound Gap Road and up to Clingmans Dome, the highest point in the Smoky Mountains. The drive begins in Gatlinburg with a pit stop up to Clingmans Dome and then ends in Cherokee, NC. Travelers can expect to see iconic spots like Chimney Tops, Newfound Gap, Mingus Mill and possibly even a few elk on the Oconaluftee side of the park. Pack a picnic, take your time and soak up the views from some of the most stunning Great Smoky Mountains National Park destinations.

2. Foothills Parkway

The Foothills Parkway is another great scenic drive that gives guests a beautiful view of the valley. One portion of the Foothill Parkway is located in Cosby and the other sections begins in Wears Valley and runs over to Chilhowee, TN. Guests will find both excellent sunrise and sunset spots along the Foothills Parkway and can expect a more fluid traffic flow during fall peak times.

3. Cades Cove

Cades Cove sceneryTennessee’s most loved valley is the perfect spot for a scenic drive year-round. However, it’s always an extra nice treat to be surrounded by the rolling hills of the Smokies as they become covered in a patchwork quilt of colors. A trip into Cades Cove during fall should be treated as at least a half-day adventure, if not a full day. Pack a picnic, some patience and just enjoy the beauty and historical homesteads along the way. Wildlife are often seen in the area and at least 150 feet of distance is required by federal law at all times. Taking along binoculars and a zoom lens for the camera is a wonderful way to make the day pleasant for you, the wildlife and others enjoying their time in Cades Cove.

Every great drive in the Smoky Mountains should begin with a great night of rest and rolling out from your home away from home here at The Appy Lodge. Our Gatlinburg hotel has a wide range of Guest Rooms to choose from and all of the Amenities that you’ll need for a comfortable stay in the Smokies. Our spacious and plentiful parking, year-round indoor pool, outdoor fire pits, convenient location, and welcoming staff will be just bonus points to a great stay at one of the top hotels in the Great Smoky Mountains.

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