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The Foothills Parkway is a scenic and peaceful 32 mile ride in the foothills of the northern Great Smoky Mountains. This ride begins at Chilhowee Lake and includes three rises with a total elevation gain of 4,915' until reaching Wears Valley at the northern end of the Parkway. There are nineteen scenic but unnamed overlooks along the Foothills Parkway.
There are four ascents along this 32 mile route: (a) 4.5 miles at 4.2% at the beginning of the climb, (b) 1.5 miles at 5.4% beginning at mile 8.5, (c) 3.1 miles at 5.8% beginning at mile 14.8, and (d) 3.2 miles beginning at mile 19.2 averaging 4.6%.
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Roadway: This is a two lane road in excellent condition with a narrow shoulder throughout most of the ride.
Provisions: At Marathon Gas at the start of the climb or in Townsend at the mid-point (4.5 miles south of Walland on Highway 321: Map), or 3.7 miles west of the finish at the Highway 129 store next to the helipad to medivac Tail of the Dragon victims 🤕 (Map; Street View), or seven miles west at Dragon 318 Market (Map).
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A scenic and challenging cycling route is to ride Foothills Parkway as an out-and-back, which is 63 miles gaining 8,370' (Map).
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