- Jun 10, 2005
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Thinking of flying to Knoxville and driving fro there to Gatlinburg. Is this a decent drive? Google maps doesn't show a main highway between the destinations.
The road between the Interstate & Gatlinburg is 4 lanes through Pigeon Forge, then 2 lanes the rest of the way to Gatlinburg.Thinking of flying to Knoxville and driving fro there to Gatlinburg. Is this a decent drive? Google maps doesn't show a main highway between the destinations.
We came the opposite direction from Asheville to Gaitlinburg to Pigeon Forge. Loved Seiverville area and ate at The Apple Barn. Loved Biltmore Estate.
Just don't be tempted to drive through Smokey Mtns National Park because the road is closed at the peak and visibility as one climbs is nil and scary. We had no idea since for us east coasters the weather was mile. We had to backtrack through all the country roads that take forever. We never got to Knoxville but would have loved to. So take the highways even though it loops.
I will give you a brief descriptions of the options for traveling from the Knoxville airport to Gatlinburg.
From the Knoxville airport, take US-129 south to TN-35, then turn left onto TN-35 and travel to US-411 or to US-321.
US-411 is the route to Sevierville, where you will turn right onto US-441, which will take you to Gatlinburg. (about 45 miles)
US-321 is the route to Pigeon Forge, where you will turn right onto US-441, which will take you to Gatlinburg. (about 45 miles)
One last option is that when you take US-321, shortly after you pass through Townsend you can turn onto TN-73, which will take you to Gatlinburg through the park. (about 45 miles)
These first three routes are mostly 2-lane roads until you get to Sevierville or Pigeon Forge where you pick up US-441, which is 4 or more lanes all the way from Sevierville to Gatlinburg--the TN-73 route is 2-lane all the way into Gatlinburg.
If you want only 4-lane roads, from the airport you will have to take US-129 north to I-140, then take I-40 west to I-40/75, then take I-40/75 northeast to I-75/640, then take I-640 east to I-40. (I-40 through Knoxville is closed for a major reconstruction.) Then follow I-40 east to TN-66, which will take you to US-441, which will take you to Gatlinburg. (about 75 miles)
You need to be aware that traffic can be very heavy on TN-66 and US-441, especially late Friday and on Sunday afternoons.
Just don't be tempted to drive through Smokey Mtns National Park because the road is closed at the peak...
Checking out road conditions ahead at this time of year would have saved me precious vacation time and I wished the OP to avoid wasted vacation time.