NATIONAL PARK — Newfound Gap Road Byway in Great Smoky Mountains National Park is one of five Tennessee routes named to the 2021 National Scenic Byways program.
The road was designated as an All-American Road. The other Tennessee route receiving that designation this year is the Great River Road National Scenic Byway.
Three Tennessee routes were named as National Scenic Byways: Norris Freeway, Cumberland Historic Byway and Sequatchie Valley Scenic Byway.
The program is overseen by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration.
A total of 49 roads nationwide were named to the program this year.
Tennessee had the most roads inducted, with five. New Jersey had four roads accepted into the program.
North Carolina had one road accepted this year, its portion of Newfound Gap Road Byway. The national park encompasses lands in Tennessee and North Carolina.
The Newfound Gap area of GSMNP is the lowest drivable pass inside the park’s boundaries. Motorists on Newfound Gap Road climb approximately 3,000 feet. The gap’s elevation is 5,046 feet.
A spokesperson for GSMNP could not be reached by press time.
Information is available at www.nps.gov/grsm or 865-436-1200. Road closures and other updates are posted on Twitter under the @SmokiesRoadsNPS account.