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Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Sevier County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

Indian Gap Road

 
 
Indian Gap Road Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 19, 2016
1. Indian Gap Road Marker
Inscription. Traffic of all sorts once passed through here—Indians, explorers, Confederate soldiers, farmers with livestock herds, merchants, and families traveling for varied reasons. This is Indian Gap. The road trace that descends the hill in front of you is a remnant of the Indian Gap Road, at one time the major north-south route through the Great Smoky Mountains.

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.

Left Photo Caption
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.
 
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
Old Indian Gap Road in the left distance where the trail is marked. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 19, 2016
2. Old Indian Gap Road in the left distance where the trail is marked.
Dome Road 1.3 miles west of U.S. 441, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Located at the Road Prong Trailhead parking area. Marker is at or near this postal address: Clingmans Dome Road, Gatlinburg TN 37738, United States of America.
 
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.)
 
Categories. Native AmericansRoads & VehiclesWar, US Civil
 
The view from marker looking east on Clingmans Dome Road. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 19, 2016
3. The view from marker looking east on Clingmans Dome Road.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 23, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 23, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 150 times since then and 48 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 23, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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