• Activities:

    Chillin, Photography

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Year Round

Bathrooms
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Handicap Accessible
Scenic

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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M G

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.

about 1 year ago
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Matthew Chang

Let's go chase waterfalls

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