I think of it as the almost forgotten side of the Smokies. Forgotten may not be entirely true but for sure it is less traveled and less well known than many other areas of the Great Smoky Mt National Park (which means less crowded too!) It is a bit harder to get to but well worth the effort. Located approximately 65 miles from Gatlinburg and 39 miles from Pigeon Forge, the easiest and most scenic route is I-40 to Exit 20 (US 276). then look for Cove Creek Rd about .2 of a mile on the right. The road is paved for 4 miles, gravel for 3 then back to pavement. The gravel section is narrow with some sharp curves and can be rough at times.
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