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Newfound Gap

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At Newfound Gap, visitors will enjoy great scenic view from the large parking area. At an elevation of 5,046 feet, Newfound Gap is the lowest drivable pass through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Nearly a mile high, Newfound Gap is significantly cooler than the surrounding lowlands and receives much more snow. Temperatures at the gap may be 10° F or more cooler than in the lowlands. The Appalachian Trail (AT) crosses over Newfound Gap Road along the state line between North Carolina and Tennessee which is marked here.

Gems in Newfound Gap - 1

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gem Favorite Mount LeConte after a winter storm on the AT. Clouds hug the ridges and hoarfrost covers the trees.

Charlies Bunion

(60) Gatlinburg, TN

Recommended Routes in Newfound Gap - 1

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Favorite Mount LeConte after a winter storm on the AT. Clouds hug the ridges and hoarfrost covers the trees.
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult

Charlies Bunion Out and Back

8.0 mi 12.8 km 1,632' Up 497.37 m Up 1,632' Down 497.29 m Down

Gatlinburg, TN

Newfound Gap Running

  • 21 Miles 34 Kilometers of Trail
  • 1 Recommended Route
  • 1 Gem Gems
  • 1 Easy Trail Easy Trails
  • 3 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 3 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Newfound Gap - 6

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5.4 mi 8.7 km #1Boulevard Trail
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Gatlinburg, TN
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Gatlinburg, TN 14 
0.3 mi 0.5 km #2Spruce-Fir Nature Trail
Easy Easy
Gatlinburg, TN
Easy Easy
Gatlinburg, TN
14.0 mi 22.5 km #3Thomas Divide Trail
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Cherokee, NC
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Cherokee, NC

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Great Smoky Mountains Viewpoint
Sep 3, 2015 near Gatlinburg, TN
The Appalachian Trail ices over in the winter, so making sure you have additional traction devices.
Feb 5, 2016 near Gatlinburg, TN
Mount LeConte after a winter storm on the AT. Clouds hug the ridges and hoarfrost covers the trees.
Feb 5, 2016 near Gatlinburg, TN
Hoarfrost covers a tree after a winter storm on the AT. It's beautiful in the winter.
Feb 5, 2016 near Gatlinburg, TN
View from Newfound Gap parking lot.
Sep 2, 2016 near Gatlinburg, TN
Charlie's Bunion
Jul 19, 2017 near Gatlinburg, TN
Charlie's Bunion, Great Smoky Mountain National Park
Jul 19, 2017 near Gatlinburg, TN
View from the trail
May 31, 2022 near Gatlinburg, TN