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NPS Photo. Foothills Parkway West.

Quick Facts

Location:
Great Smokey Mountains National Park
OPEN TO PUBLIC:
Yes
The Foothills Parkway. Congress authorized the Foothills Parkway as a scenic parkway on February 22, 1944. Of the seven Congressionally Mandated Parkways, the Foothills Parkway is the only remaining parkway yet to be completed. The entire 72-mile corridor is administered by Great Smoky Mountains National Park, however, only three segments totaling 22.5 miles are completed and open to the public. The parkway is the oldest unfinished highway project in Tennessee. Challenging terrain and funding starts and stops have challenged the completion of the parkway. 

The open sections of the Foothills Parkway provide breathtaking views of the Great Smoky Mountains. You can find up to date road closure information on the Great Smoky Mountains National Park website.

Last updated: January 26, 2018