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Foothills Parkway, west, in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

View along Foothills Parkway west.
Fall color along Foothills Parkway west
Autumn leaves, Foothills Parkway west

The Foothills Parkway, west, is a scenic drive along the crest of Chilhowee Mountain, from Walland to Chilhowee Lake.  Along the 18 mile road are views of the Great Smoky Mountains to the SE and the Ridge and Valley to the NW.  There are numerous pulloffs, a 1/2 mile paved hiking trail to Look Rock Tower, a campground and picnic area.  Part of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the route offers wildlife viewing, natural beauty, stargazing, sunrises and sunsets, and a chance to see almost the entire range of the Smokies.  Air quality instruments and a Park Service web cam are located at Look Rock Tower.

Recreational Opportunities

Hiking, camping, picnicking, wildlife observation, scenic drive.

Seasons Accessible

All seasons except road can be closed due to storms, trees down, ice, etc.

Fees: None.

 ADA Accessibility Notes

Accessible.  Look Rock Tower trail is paved, but very steep.

 Pet Friendly Notes

Pets on leash at pull offs, campground, picnic area.  No pets on the trail.

For More Information, Contact:

Great Smoky Mountains National Park
107 Park Headquarters Rd., Gatlinburg, TN 37738


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Latitude: 35.718921700
Longitude: -83.824310300
Elevation: 997 FT (304 M)
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