U.S. Highway 441 North-Great Smoky Mountain National Park

Categories: Places of Interest, Scenic Drives, Great Smoky Mountains National Park... NC, Great Smoky Mountains National Park... TN, Fall Foliage - western North Carolina, Highway Day Tripping Routes


  • Only major highway that connects both North Carolina & Tennessee sides of Great Smoky Mountains National Park and offers fantastic fall foliage views
  • A multitude of outdoor opportunities for the entire family like picnics, hiking and swimming
  • Keep pets on leashes along roadsides
  • Restrooms available at Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Mingus Mill, Collins Creek Picnic Area, Clingmans Dome, Newfound Gap, Chimneys Picnic Area and Sugarlands Visitor Center

The Local Scoop

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.

The Local Directions

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.

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35.500107, -83.300443
Easy access via Cherokee, NC
Nearest City
Cherokee Reservation
Distance From
Cherokee:  2.3 miles