Scenic Drives in the Smoky Mountains: Our Top 5 Ranked

Just about any drive in the Smokies can be 'scenic'

But here's our top 5 picks for best scenic drives:


This skyway runs through two national forests, Cherokee and Nantahala 

Cherohala Skyway 


This massive scenic drive spans a total of 469 miles (but of course you can do part of it)

Blue Ridge Parkway 

This scenic drive is still a work in progress, but what's finished is definitely worth checking out 

Foothills Parkway 


This 5.5 mile, one-way loop offers a lot of beauty and is close to the main strip 

Roaring Fork Motor Trail


This drive is great for spotting elk around the Oconaluftee Visitor Center 

Newfound Gap Road


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