Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Sevier County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Indian Gap Road
For centuries this had been an Indian trail, but in the 1830s it was widened as a toll road, with charges for pedestrians, riders, vehicles, and livestock. The new road was steep, rocky, rutted, and only about five feet wide. Ice and fallen trees often obstructed the way. But until the Newfound Gap Road opened in the 1930s, travelers had no better way to cross the mountains. To avoid the arduous crossing, many opted for lengthy routes around.
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Mountain travelers often used sleds year-round on rugged mountain roads like the Indian Gap Road.
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A trace of the Indian Gap Road is visible a short distance inside the woods in front of you. Today remnants of the road are accessible only to hikers.
The Road Prong Trail follows the road trace from here, descending about 3.3 miles to the Newfound Gap Road at the Chimney Tops Trailhead parking area.
Erected by the National Park Service, Department of the Interior.
Topics. This historical marker Native Americans • Roads & Vehicles • War, US Civil.
Location. 35° 36.566′ N, 83° 26.796′ W. Marker is in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee, in Sevier County. Marker is on Clingmans Dome Road, 1.3 miles west of U.S. 441, on the right when traveling west. Located at the Road Prong Trailhead parking area. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Clingmans Dome Road, Gatlinburg TN 37738, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lifeblood of the Mountains (approx. 1.1 miles away); Land of Blue Smoke (approx. 1.2 miles away in North Carolina); Great Smoky Mountains National Park (approx. 1.2 miles away in North Carolina); A Mountain Sanctuary (approx. 1.2 miles away in North Carolina); “To the free people of America” (approx. 1.2 miles away in North Carolina); People of the Mountains (approx. 1.2 miles away in North Carolina); Land of Diversity (approx. 1.2 miles away); Hands That Built (approx. 1.2 miles away in North Carolina).
Also see . . . Smoky Mountain News article on Indian Gap Road during the Civil War. (Submitted on October 23, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
Credits. This page was last revised on October 23, 2016. It was originally submitted on October 23, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 371 times since then and 95 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on October 23, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.