Newfound Gap is the area where Clingmans Dome is located; it is the center of the Great Smoky Mountains. The road to Newfound Gap is a 2-lane road that is in good shape, albeit very windy, and is accessible from Gatlinburg, Tn., Cherokee, NC, or from Townsend, Tn.
Prior to 1872, Indian Gap was thought to be the lowest pass through the area. Arnold Henry Guyot (a Swiss geographer) determined Newfound Gap to be lower that Indian Gap, and it was dubbed "new found gap", or Newfound Gap.
The Appalachian Trail crosses here, and the NC/Tn. state line is also here. A couple of years ago (in late March), CH & I took a ride up to Newfound Gap. The following are some pictures:
The State Line:The View:
The road going to Newfound Gap
If you're planning a trip to the Smokies, this is definitely one place that is not to be missed!