Little River Road, Great Smoky Mountains National Park

4.9
#4 of 9 in Scenic Drive in Tennessee
Scenic Drive · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
Passing a series of small waterfalls, Little River Road twists and turns along the riverbank offering great photographic opportunities. This scenic mountain road stretches for 29 km (18 mi) connecting the visitor's center near Gatlinburg with Cades Cove. Take advantage of the low speed limit to slow down and soak in the views or pull over and snap a few pictures, hike, picnic, fish, or swim. Note that the cliff face gets very close to the road in some portions, so drive carefully, especially if you own an RV or a larger vehicle. To visit Little River Road on your trip to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, use our Great Smoky Mountains National Park trip itinerary maker website.
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  • This road does go from the visitor center near Gatlinburg to the Cades Cove Loop. It is very curvy, but also very scenic. There are some pull-overs and falls along the way.  more »
  • The road is in very good shape, as it looks recently paved. However, it is very winding and has deep drop-offs on the sides. Do not pull off when you see gravel. Use only the paved pull offs...  more »

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