The best scenic drives in the Smoky Mountains will take you to nearly 400 miles of paved or well-maintained gravel roadway of the Smokies.
If you plan to drive around the mountains, hitting all of the tourist spots along the way, give yourself at least one day.
The Smokies boast 384 miles of roads, the majority being paved. Even if you’re driving a standard car it would be easy.
However, maneuvering through mountains can present difficulties for several drivers as the paths are narrow with plenty of sharp curves and low shoulders.
Cades Cove Loop
This 11-mile Cades Cove Loop drive circles around a cove filled with wildlife and historical buildings.
A wonderful time to drive to Cataloochee Valley is from mid-September to late October when you can enjoy hearing the bugling Elk which are in rut (mating season).
Newfound Gap Road
The major points of interest along Newfound Gap Road include the Newfound Gap overlook, Clingman’s Dome, and the Rockefeller Memorial site
This is sure to become a go-to destination for fall foliage that rivals the nearby Blue Ridge Parkway.