Road to Nowhere

Bryson City, North Carolina

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This is the locally famous "Road to Nowhere," a road leading into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park that was begun in 1941 and has yet to be completed. It was intended to connect Bryson City to Fontana Dam via the north shore of Lake Fontana, and would have enabled local citizens to easily visit the old home places and gravesites lost to them upon completion of the dam and designation of the National Park. The project was dropped long ago and many folks are still bitter about it, which explains the sign on your left just before you enter the Park. It does lead somewhere, however- to several trail heads and a long, dark tunnel that's fun to walk through. The road itself makes a great road bike route. It sees none of the congested traffic typical in the rest of the Park, and the scenery is just as spectacular. Points of interest: Great Smoky Mountains National Park; tunnel; overlook and quiet walkway at milepost 6.2.
Road Bike The Smokies

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Road Bike The Smokies

by Jim Parham (Milestone Press)

This is the locally famous "Road to Nowhere," a road leading into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park that was begun in 1941 and has yet to be completed. It was intended to connect Bryson City to Fontana Dam via the north shore of Lake Fontana, and would have enabled local citizens to easily visit the old home places and gravesites lost to them upon completion of the dam and designation of the National Park. The project was dropped long ago and many folks are still bitter about it, which explains the sign on your left just before you enter the Park.

It does lead somewhere, however- to several trail heads and a long, dark tunnel that's fun to walk through. The road itself makes a great road bike route. It sees none of the congested traffic typical in the rest of the Park, and the scenery is just as spectacular. Points of interest: Great Smoky Mountains National Park; tunnel; overlook and quiet walkway at milepost 6.2.

©  Jim Parham/Milestone Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Road Biking
Nearby City: Bryson City
Distance: 17
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Riding Time: 2 hours - Intermediate level
Season: Year-round, best Spring - Fall
Trailhead Elevation: 1,800 feet
Top Elevation: 2,600 feet
Driving Directions: Directions to Road to Nowhere

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