The Foothills Parkway (as of December 2018) consists of a 33 miles connecting US 129 and US 321 in Tennessee. This scenic drive through US Forest Service lands offers a number of fabulous views of east Tennessee all the way to the Cumberland Mountains some 50 miles to the west and the Great Smoky Mountains just a stones throw to the east.
The route has minimal traffic compared to other Smoky Mountain highways and provides an easy, scenic connection for tourists between the Tail of the Dragon and Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg. The Foothills is included in the Smoky Mountain Loop tour.
There is a northern section of the Foothills that is 5.6 miles and connects I-40 with Cosby.
Eventually another planned section of 33.5 miles will connect all of the Foothill Parkway sections.
Heading to the Smokies? Be sure to check out road and facility closures. For all the details on the Foothills Parkway and roadways thru the Great Smoky Mountains check out the NPS website and twitter.