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Newfound Gap
Newfound Gap

Newfound Gap

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Outdoors, Hiking and Nature, Scenic Lookout, Park
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Great Smoky Mountain National Park, TN 37738
(865) 436-1200
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Newfound Gap is a mountain pass through Great Smoky Mountain National Park at an elevation of just over 5,000 feet.

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My kids always stood on the state line with one foot in NC and the other in TN.

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Newfound Gap is a beautiful area in the Smoky Mountain National Park and is great for families who want to see outdoor beauty.

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Painesville

Great view! Long trail, easy to spend a half a day or even a full day here. Free parking. Drive is not too bad from downtown Gatlinburg

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Fayetteville

Amazing! You don't have to hike so this place you can drive right up to it. It is just beautiful!! It is a must see!!

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top of the world by car in the south,30 minute drive through the great smoky mountains national park..

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Take the scenic drive! Newfound Gap is a mountain pass located near the center of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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This is where Tennessee & North Carolina dedicated The Great Smoky Mountain National Park.

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Newfound Gap
The view from the Newfound Gap parking lot. A early fall view from the parking area at Newfound Gap.

In southern Appalachian vernacular, a gap is a low point in a mountain ridge. New Englanders call such places “notches” while westerners refer to them as mountain “passes.” At an elevation of 5,046 feet, Newfound Gap is the lowest drivable pass through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

The old road over the Smoky Mountains crossed at Indian Gap, located about 1.5 miles west of the current site. Newfound Gap's recognition as the lowest pass through the Great Smoky Mountains did not come until 1872. Arnold Henry Guyot, a Swiss geographer, measured many Southern Appalachian elevations. Mount Guyot, the second highest peak in the Smokies, takes his name. He used a simple barometer to measure changes in air pressure to calculate mountain heights. In most cases he was within 2-3 percent of current values.

His work revealed Newfound Gap as the lowest pass through the mountains, displacing nearby Indian Gap. When the lower, easier crossing was discovered, it became known as the “newfound” gap. A new road followed, and it became the forerunner of Newfound Gap Road.

A trip over the Newfound Gap Road has often been compared to a drive from Georgia to Maine in terms of the variety of forest ecosystems one experiences. Starting from either Cherokee, North Carolina or Gatlinburg, Tennessee, travelers climb approximately 3,000 feet, ascending through cove hardwood, pine-oak, and northern hardwood forest to attain the evergreen spruce-fir forest at Newfound Gap (5,046'). This fragrant evergreen woodland is similar to the boreal forests of New England and eastern Canada.

At nearly a mile high, Newfound Gap is significantly cooler than the surrounding lowlands and receives much more snow. Temperatures at the gap may be 10° F. or more cooler than in the lowlands and precipitation falling as rain in Gatlinburg or Cherokee may be snow at Newfound Gap. On average, 69 inches of snow falls at the gap.

When there is snow on the ground, and the Newfound Gap Road has not been closed because of it, opportunities do exist for snow sports in the area. Many people use nearby Clingmans Dome Road (closed to vehicles December 1 - March 31) for walking and cross-country skiing. The road starts 0.1 mile south of Newfound Gap.

Highlights:
Rockefeller Memorial honors a $5 million donation from the Rockefeller Foundation to help complete land acquisitions to bring about the creation of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Scenic views from the large parking area.

The Appalachian Trail (AT) crosses over Newfound Gap Road and straddles the state line between North Carolina and Tennessee for most of its length through the park. Visitors can enjoy a short stroll to stretch their legs or a multi-day backpacking excursion on the AT as it runs through the park.

Just south of Newfound Gap, the seven-mile Clingmans Dome Road climbs to within 0.5 mile of Clingmans Dome the highest peak in the Smokies. From the large parking area at the end of the road, a 0.5-mile trail climbs steeply to an observation tower at the “top of old Smoky.” Clingmans Dome Road is closed December 1 - March 31.

Mileage
from Gatlinburg—16
from Cherokee—18

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Honolulu

Really just anything in the Great Smoky Mountains is five star worthy. This is yet another amazing place with gorgeous views. Definitely something to stop at.

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Austin

Where the North Carolina and Tennessee borders meet. Beautiful views of the Great Smoky Mountains!

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Rocky Mount

Beautiful trip approximately 38 miles from Gatlinburg to Cherokee. Be sure stop by The Chimneys for a picnic and a dip in the river.

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At an elevation of 5,046 feet, Newfound Gap is the lowest drivable pass through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.The 33-mile drive from Gatlinburg to Cherokee North Carolina along Newfound Gap Road (US 441) is the only route that runs completely through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

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Our Guests say "Great area with beautiful views, Love the Cabin and the area, absolutely beautiful!

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Austin

Right on the border of Tennessee and North Carolina, this spot inside Smoky Mountains National Park is incredible.

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St. Petersburg

It is easy to understand why the Great Smoky Mountains are the most visited in the national parks system. Easy to get to and stunningly beautiful and you can travel through them in 441 in a large motorhome too which we did. Scenery everywhere. Great views and picnic spots.

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Woodstock

The Appalachian Trail known as the (AT) can be accessed from Newfound Gap and is the closest major access to Gatlinburg and Adohi Lodge with a large parking area is Newfound Gap which allows access to the Applalachian Trail (AT) runs for more than 71 miles through Great Smoky Mountains National Park, runs to the south to Fontana Dam, and exiting in the northeast to Davenport Gap. The highest point anywhere along the 2175-mile trail is 6625 feet, at Clingmans Dome approx. 7 mile hike from Newfound Gap parking area. The trail also passes by other notable landmarks in the Smoky Mountains, such as Charlies Bunion, Rocky Top and the historic stone fire tower atop Mt. Cammerer.

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South Miami

This drive through the Great Smoky Mountains will give you plenty of photo opportunities and the availability of numerous mountain trails to explore.

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The only road across Great Smoky Mountains National Park Starts just outside Gatlinburg and ends 31 miles later at Cherokee, NC.
Provides access to two visitor centers, numerous hiking trails, quiet walkways and spectacular vistas.

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Lexington

At 5049' the astonishing 16 mile ride up to Newfound Gap is simply beautiful. At the top you will have incredible vistas as it is the second highest point of the Smokies. The Appalachian Trail also crosses at Newfound Gap. With ample free parking take your time and enjoy the views, hike some of the local trails or pack a picnic lunch.

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Austin

Great Place to take a Hike! Located in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park...

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