We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Save
Share
Review Highlights
Must see if you like twisty roads and beautiful scenery.

One of those take your breath away rides. Beautiful, peaceful and a must see. The best time of year... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Jennifer B
,
Concord, North Carolina
A beautiful drive

Instead of taking 411 all the way into Maryville before turning on the Lamar Alexander Pkwy towards... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
trojans
,
georgia
Read all 391 reviews
201
All photos (201)
Full view
Certificate of Excellence
Traveller Overview
  • Excellent79%
  • Very good17%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“the dragon”(56 reviews)
“beautiful drive”(45 reviews)
About
Contact
Between Chilhowee Lake and Townsend., Townsend, TN
Website
Reviews (391)
Filter reviews
390 results
Traveller rating
308
70
9
1
2
Traveller type
Time of year
LanguageEnglish
308
70
9
1
2
Show reviews that mention
All reviewsthe dragonbeautiful driveobservation towerfontana damscenic overlookseasy driveclingman's domebreathtaking viewsnice roadsports carsenjoyable drivemotorcycle ridewinding roadboth sidesthe smoky mountainsspeed limitgreat scenery
FilterEnglish
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 390 reviews
Reviewed 3 days ago

One of those take your breath away rides. Beautiful, peaceful and a must see. The best time of year is in the fall to view the leaves changing.

Thank Jennifer B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Instead of taking 411 all the way into Maryville before turning on the Lamar Alexander Pkwy towards Townsend, I found a bit of a shortcut bypassing Maryville. Turing onto Hwy 72, the road skirts t Chilhowee lake toward the Fontana Dam-- but just before heading...More

3  Thank trojans
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful drive, especially in fall. Careful on the Tail of the Dragon, winding road, beautiful drive but motorcycles race through so caution on curves is needed. Fontana Dam at the end, great site of lake flooded by TVA to build dam

Thank Marilyn S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Beautiful any time of the year, but of course especially so in the Fall. Take you time, don't be in a hurry and just enjoy the ride.

Thank Jacque W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We travel this road whenever we can. Great pulloffs for great views at any time of day. Super close to Townsend and the Tail Of The Dragon.

Thank Tom H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We took this drive at the suggestion of a local. It was beautiful. There is a look out tower at the top elevation. The sign says "moderately strenous" and I would say just plain strenous, but worth the effort.

Thank 2travel039
Reviewed 13 August 2018 via mobile

If you are in East Tennessee be sure to drive the Foothills Parkway. Pleasant ride with fantastic scenery. Many pull offs. Great place for a picnic. Runs off of US 321 between Maryville and Townsend.

Thank Joel M
Reviewed 19 July 2018 via mobile

Breathtaking views. Enjoy the forest and the views from the various overlooks along the route. By taking it you can bypass Gatlinburg. Stop at the visitor centers to gather more information.

Thank 50Awm
Reviewed 19 July 2018 via mobile

This is a nice road that will take you through the GSMNP. In fact, you can look down on the park. The scenery is magnificent. I went early in the morning and got to see the fog laying in the valley. Truly magnificent. Not very...More

Thank Civilwargirl
Reviewed 13 July 2018 via mobile

We drive the foothills parkway every summer. It's an amazing place to watch the sunset. Take a blanket or some chairs find a high point and get ready for one of the most beautiful sunsets. Definitely worth the drive make sure to pull off and...More

1  Thank angelajn26
View more reviews
Nearby
Nearby HotelsSee all 10 hotels in Townsend
Riverstone Lodge
181 reviews
.27 km away
Talley Ho Inn
194 reviews
.73 km away
Townsend Gateway Inn
566 reviews
1.02 km away
Townsend River Breeze Inn
48 reviews
1.19 km away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 43 restaurants in Townsend
Burger Master Drive In
406 reviews
.53 km away
Riverstone Family Restaurant
807 reviews
.32 km away
Carriage House Restaurant
357 reviews
.89 km away
Monte Real Mexican Restaurant
283 reviews
1.56 km away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 46 attractions in Townsend
Smoky Mountain River Rat Tubing
813 reviews
1.56 km away
Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center
204 reviews
.46 km away
Captain Dave's Little River Artistry
5 reviews
1.54 km away
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
Janella M
30 August 2018|
AnswerShow all 9 answers
Response from TNVOL1985 | Reviewed this property |
Maybe in 2019. Who knows? They have been teasing us with opening dates for a long time.
0
Votes
Suzanne E
10 April 2017|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
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!
0
Votes
Ronda B
8 March 2016|
AnswerShow all 9 answers
Response from SuzieQWaynesboroMs | Reviewed this property |
We usually do come in on the Townsend side depending on the time of day the traffic is much better. There is a sandwich shop /trinket shop to the left kind of in the middle of nowhere great food and clean restrooms. Its past... More
1
Vote