Lakeview Drive - Road to Nowhere - Road Closure

Lakeview Drive - Road to Nowhere - Road Closure

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials announced that Lakeview Drive will be closed from August 14 to November 14, 2023 for reconstruction funded by the Great American Outdoors Act. Also known as the "Road to Nowhere," the road will be closed to all public access, including foot traffic, bicycles, horses, and vehicles. Hikers and visitors will not be able to access the Noland Creek Trail, Lakeshore Trail, Goldmine Loop Trail, Benton MacKaye Trail, Lakeview Drive Tunnel, or the Tunnel Bypass Trail from the road during the closure.  Explore alternative hiking trails and scenic drives.

This project provides significant enhancements to ensure their preservation and provide opportunities for recreation, education, and enjoyment for current and future visitors. Work will include the complete reconstruction of the 6.5-mile-long road, replacement of all guardrails, construction of ADA accessible parking spaces, new road signs, drainage repair and other miscellaneous work. Although we are disappointed that these enhancements will temporarily close our visitor's and local's access to a very popular area of the Park, we look forward to the improvements to the road making it a much improved drive for vehicles, bicycles, and motorcycles

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