“Outdoors & Recreation in Great Smoky Mountain National, NC”
Newfound Gap is a mountain pass located near the center of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park of the southern Appalachian Mountains in the United States of America. Situated along the border of Tennessee and North Carolina, the state line crosses the gap, as does Newfound Gap Road . The Appalachian Trail also traverses the gap, as do a small number of other hiking trails.Newfound Gap is also home to the Rockefeller Memorial, a popular destination within the national park and the site from where former U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt formally dedicated the park on September 2, 1940According to the National Weather Service, Newfound Gap has around 19 snowy days per year, comparable to 18 at Minneapolis, Minnesota. From 1991 to 2005, annual snowfall ranged from to.
Such a beautiful scenic road and stop! The view was breathtaking :)
This is an incredible drive. Factor in time for the moments you'll want to pull over for stellar photo ops of Mount LeConte, Sugarland Valley, Chimney Tops, etc.
The Gap refers to both the road and the point at was dedicated, where you can find the plaques and platforms, as well as an entrance to the Appalachian trail. At this point, the road switches from TN to NC and vice versa.
Some history that an awesome guide named Clayton imparted to me: Newfound Gap was used as a civil war trail and a substantial portion of the Trail of Tears. It was called "Indian Gap Flats" beforehand, and the Confederates actually ran it as a toll booth during the Civil War. They would actually charge the Union to cross and fight them (supposedly).
The vegetation changes dramatically as you climb. At one moment you'll feel like you're in TN, then New Hampshire, then the rain forest. Keep an eye out for black bears!
A must see in the smoky mountains! A gorgeous drive and excellent views. Close to Clingman's Dome - which we found out is closed in the winter. We found what we think was a fire access road on the far end of the lookout and had a nice walk down there instead.
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