Gatlinburg’s Road Less Traveled

Oct 04, 2012

Whether you’re planning your first trip to Gatlinburg or you’ve been visiting the city your entire life, you may not have taken the opportunity to travel a scenic stretch of road called the Gatlinburg Bypass. This curvy, two-lane road starts at the U.S. 441 Spur (which connects Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg), diverts around the city, and reconnects with U.S. 441 just south of town near the entrance to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

If you happen to be traveling directly from Pigeon Forge to the national park (or vice versa), this route will save you a lot of time spent waiting in heavy traffic in downtown Gatlinburg. It’s also a beautiful drive, offering a few scenic pullovers along the way at which you can capture panoramic views of the Smokies and a nice aerial view of downtown Gatlinburg.

This is also a convenient way to get to the north end of Gatlinburg, which then offers you direct access to Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort and a large community of mountain chalets on Mount Harrison.

Before you plan your visit to Gatlinburg, we hope you’ll contact us at Heartland Rentals, where we offer a wide selection of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge cabins. We have cabin locations throughout the area, offering you convenient access to the places and things you want to see most.

Category: Gatlinburg

Doug Shanks


By Doug Shanks a Smoky Mountain blogger and writes about things to do in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Wears Valley, and Sevierville, Tennessee. Area interests include hiking, fishing, whitewater rafting, shopping, and family fun.

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