U.S. Highway 441 is hands down one our favorite scenic drives in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. There is so much to do along this iconic stretch of Appalachian highway. Curves, vistas, never-ending views, hiking trails, Appalachian Trail, mile-high gaps, backcountry camping, wild trout fly fishing, front country camping, horseback riding, picnics and more! Below, we highlight a few of our favorite points of interest for you to consider while on your Smoky Mountain vacation.
These places are just a sampling of what is featured along this fabulous stretch of highway in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. We strongly recommend spending the entire day along this route. Pack plenty of drinking water and snacks/picnic supplies.
NOTE: Even though the crystal clear waters of the park's streams look drinkable, please refrain from doing so. You could get very sick if you decide to drink it. Also, be aware that the speed limit in the National Park is 45 miles per hour.
From downtown Cherokee, NC pick up U.S. Highway 441 North towards Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This highway winds it's way through some shops and restaurants in Cherokee, then eventually crosses into the national park, just a few miles outside of Cherokee, NC.