Great Smoky Mountains Parkway

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Not to be confused with Great Smoky Mountains Expressway.
Great Smoky Mountains Parkway
Route information
Maintained by TDOT & NPS
Length: 14.5 mi[1] (23.3 km)
Component
highways:
Major junctions
South end: US 441 in Gatlinburg
 
North end: I-40 in Kodak
Highway system
  • Tennessee State Routes

The Great Smoky Mountains Parkway travels 14.5 miles (23.3 km) between Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Sevierville, along U.S. Route 441 and State Route 448, in East Tennessee. It serves both, as the main thoroughfare for Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, and a 4.3-mile (6.9 km) spur of the Foothills Parkway.

Route description[edit]

The road is simply called "Parkway" in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, where most of the commercial land development has occurred in those two cities. Both have numbered each traffic light sequentially to make it easier for non-locals to find their hotels and other tourist attractions. Sevierville has its traffic lights numbered in miles and tenths, according to the mileage from the national park boundary.[2]

Between Pigeon Forge to Gatlinburg, the parkway becomes part of the Foothills Parkway as its spur route. This 4.3-mile (6.9 km) segment, maintained by the National Park Service (NPS) is a four-lane divided highway, which runs along both banks of the northward-flowing Little Pigeon River. Where the river briefly diverts to the west and back east again, the southbound roadway on the west bank also curves around, while the northbound lanes go through a tunnel. The Gatlinburg visitor center is located just before entering the town from the north. The Gatlinburg Bypass, part of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, connects with the parkway to provide a direct access to the National Park.

In Sevierville, the Parkway has an east branch and a west branch, as well as a spur in both directions along US 411.[2] Between US 411 and SR 66, the road is known as "North Parkway."

Christmas displays[edit]

Within the towns, the road is decorated with Christmas lights all winter. As a six-lane divided highway through Pigeon Forge, very tall multi-fixture street lights in the median are decorated with white LED snowflakes that "fall" down the poles. In Gatlinburg, white LED deciduous trees sprout from the lampposts, in addition to other displays, such as the large one that stretches across the road at the town's northern entrance. In Sevierville, the traditional and much brighter snowflake light sculptures are still in use.

History[edit]

Junctions list[edit]

The entire route is in Sevier County.

Location mi[1] km Destinations Notes
Great Smoky Mountains National Park 0.0 0.0 US 441 (Newfound Gap Road) – Cherokee Continuation as Newfound Gap Road
Gatlinburg 1.0 1.6 US 321 north (SR 73 / East Parkway) – Newport North end of US 321 overlap
2.1 3.4 Gatlinburg Bypass – Great Smoky Mountains National Park No northbound exit
Pigeon Forge 7.1 11.4 SR 449 north (Dollywood Parkway) – Dollywood
9.3 15.0 US 321 south (SR 73 / Wears Valley Road) – Townsend South end of US 321 overlap
Sevierville 13.4 21.6 US 441 north (SR 71 / Forks of the River Parkway) North end of US 441 and south end of SR 448 overlap
13.9 22.4 US 411 north (SR 35 / Main Street) – Newport, Knoxville
14.5 23.3 SR 66 (Winfield Dunn Parkway) Northern terminus of SR 448; Southern end of SR 66 overlap
SR 338 north (Douglas Dam Road) – Douglas Dam Northern end of SR 338 overlap
SR 338 south (Boyds Creek Highway) – Boyds Creek Southern end of SR 338 overlap
Sevierville–Kodak SR 139 (Douglas Dam Road) – Dandridge, Kodak
I-40 – Knoxville, Bristol Northern end of the Great Smoky Mountains Parkway
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Google (November 26, 2014). "Great Smoky Mountains Parkway" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved November 26, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Smoky Mountain Parkway Traffic Signals (PDF) (Map). Not to scale. Cartography by Engineer's Office. City of Sevierville, Tennessee. Retrieved September 30, 2012. 

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