This is why Sunday drives were invented.
There are three entrances to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park from Gatlinburg, and
every one takes you into a section of the 800 square miles of unspoiled Appalachia. Every trip to
the Smokies begins with a drive on the Newfound Gap Road, so pack a picnic and see
highlights along the way that include Sugarlands Visitor Center, Chimney Tops, Newfound Gap,
Clingman's Dome Road, Ocanaluftee Valley and Mingus Mill. Wildflower watchers love exploring
the Greenbrier, a six mile road featuring the most colorful flora in the Park. Porter's Creek is
particularly vibrant in March and April. If you're feeling adventurous, hop out and hike four miles
and witness the tallest falls in the Smokies at Ramsey Cascades. Whether you arrive during the
rich green days of spring and summer, the crazy quilt of autumn color or the sparkling white of
winter, your drive through the roads of Great Smoky Mountains National Park is guaranteed to
be an adventure in itself.