The holiday weekend is quickly approaching, and visitors are heading to the Smokies for a weekend full of Independence Day festivities in Gatlinburg. July 4th weekend is one of the busiest of the year in Sevier County and navigating alternative routes can make for a more scenic and enjoyable holiday commute. The following routes are recommended:

Those driving north through the Chattanooga area on I-75 North can take Exit 81, and follow Highway 321 North through Maryville and Townsend. Highway 321 connects with Highway 73, which winds through Great Smoky Mountains National park into Gatlinburg.

Motorists driving east from the Nashville area can take I-75 South to Exit 81, and follow Highway 321 North through Maryville and Townsend. 321 North connects to Highway 73 and winds through the National Park to Gatlinburg.

Those coming from Virginia can take I-81 South to I-40 East. From there, exit 435 will connect drivers to Highway 321 South, leading directly into downtown Gatlinburg.

Drivers coming south from Kentucky through the Lexington area can take I-75 South to I-640 East, connecting to I-40 East. From I-40 East, drivers can take Exit 435 and follow Highway 321 South into Gatlinburg.

Motorists coming from the Asheville area can take I-40 West to Exit 443 and follow the Foothills Parkway to Highway 321 South into Gatlinburg.

Drivers coming from Atlanta can take I-85 North to I-985 North to US 23. From Highway 23, take Highway 74/441 through Cherokee, North Carolina into Gatlinburg.

Knoxville motorists can take Highway 321 North through Maryville and Townsend, or access Highway 441 (Chapman Highway) through Sevierville and Pigeon Forge and into Gatlinburg.