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Pigeon River Scenic Highway

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Pigeon River Scenic Highway twists through Pisgah National Forest from the Tennessee/North Carolina border to the city of Clyde. Like a backdrop, the Smoky Mountains loom in the distance as the Pigeon River gives chase beside the highway. The rest areas along controlled-access I-40 allow for a closer look at the surrounding hardwood forest, which is especially scenic in the fall.
Clyde is the starting point for this drive through North Carolina's Pisgah National Forest, in an area just east of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Winding I-40 cuts through mountain passes and even tunnels under a few mountains as it follows the curving path of the Pigeon River, a popular destination for white-water rafters and kayakers.