Delayed for almost 20 years, section of Foothills Parkway at Great Smoky Mountains NP to open soon

The long-awaited “missing link” of the Foothills Parkway between Walland and Wears Valley is set to open to the public on Veterans Day weekend.

Foothills Parkway was authorized by Congress on Feb. 22, 1944. However, only three of eight segments — totaling 22.5 miles of a 72-mile corridor — are completed and open to the public, according to the National Park Service.

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