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Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Newfound Gap Road
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park Newfound Gap Road
Newfound Gap Road connects the two visitor centers in Tennessee and North Carolina and crosses the heart of the national park. The elevation of the road varies from the foot to top of the mountain and the views are different as the elevation changes. There are a lot of pullouts on the road for sight seeing.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park Newfound Gap Road
The elevation near both ends of the road is lower (well below the clouds) so we could still do sight seeing in spite of the weather. The top of the mountains were clouded. I wonder if that's why the park got the name "Smoky".
Great Smoky Mountains National Park Newfound Gap Road
The elevation became higher as we approached the state line. Under such condition the best we could see was not the beauty of overlooking view but the dividing line of the road.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park Newfound Gap Road
As we passed the state line and approached the terminal at North Carolina the elevation dropped. We finally could see something.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park Newfound Gap Road
Mingus Mill, a historic building close to the Oconaluftee visitor center.


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