Catch a Sunrise at Newfound Gap


Added by Matthew Chang

Situated at an elevation of 5,046 feet, Newfound Gap provides an excellent view of the sunrise.

Newfound Gap is a mountain pass in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Newfound Gap is accessible via U.S. Route 441 from Gatlinburg, TN or Cherokee, NC. You can watch the sunrise from the parking lot at Newfound Gap or the viewing platform adjacent to the parking lot.

At sunrise, layers of pink and purple glowing mountains stretch out as far as the eye can see, and the forest gives the scene a perfect frame.

In order to view the sunrise at the right time, look up the Newfound Gap sunrise time for the day of your visit and arrive at Newfound Gap a few minutes before. If you are staying in Gatlinburg or Cherokee, you should start driving to Newfound Gap at least 30 minutes before the sunrise.

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🥇Top Contributor

7 months ago


This is a great place for sunset or sunrise! I suggest sunrise for less people.


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9 months ago

Easy to get to

With this being along the major road in the park. This is a great easy place to catch that sunrise. Much time after sunrise and it is VERY crowded.

Newfound Gap

Most extraordinary drive I've ever taken. Many pull offs and trails. Smokemont campground towards the southern end of Newfound gap is open year round.

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