Tag: Newfound Gap

  1. Smokies Scenic Drives for Families: Newfound Gap Road

    Smokies Scenic Drives for Families: Newfound Gap Road The scenic drives in the Smokies can introduce you to plenty of wildlife, rushing streams, colorful flowers, lush forests, mountain vistas, and historic buildings—all from the seat of your car. To get the full flavor of the Smokies, be sure to park in plenty of the many pull-offs so you can get out and explore on foot as well. If possible Read more...
  2. Trailside Talk: Finding the Gap

    Trailside Talk: Finding the Gap Newfound Gap is a gathering place for the many publics of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It was not always this way. A “gap” is just that—an opening between mountains. For much of recorded time, mountain gaps were places of less resistance; in other words, to get from point A to point B it made sense to seek the lower Read more...
  3. Trailside Talk: Words from FDR

    Trailside Talk: Words from FDR Although there are amazing places to visit along the trails of Great Smoky Mountains National Park and visual wonders deep in the backcountry, one of the most dynamic spots to put one’s feet is only a few yards from a heavily traveled roadway. At Newfound Gap, generally considered the “center” of the Smokies, you can stand in Read more...
  4. Trailside Talk: The Scoop on The Loop

    Trailside Talk: The Scoop on The Loop by Mike Hembree One of Great Smoky Mountains National Park’s unique features often goes unnoticed. In fact, sometimes it takes a child to point it out. “Hey, Dad, we just drove over ourselves!” Junior might yell from the backseat. And it’s true. The Loop Over Bridge, located on U.S. Highway 441 between the park’ Read more...
  5. The Road that Led Around the World

    Newfound Gap Road

    By Mike Aday

    What do Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Ethiopia, Panama and Alaska have in common? They can all boast major roads built by one man, Knoxville native John L. Humbard. Well, technically, a lot of men were involved, but Humbard supervised them all.

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  6. Finding solitude, wildflowers on park's Quiet Walkways

    There's nothing better than waking up in the morning and driving to work inside a national park. Even in July and October, when the park's seams feel as they might burst with visitors, working on behalf of the Smokies is the best job I've ever had.

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