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Great Smoky Mountains Scenic Expressway

86.5 miles: 1 hours, 34 minutes

The four-lane sections of Great Smoky Mountains Scenic Expressway (US 74) from Clyde to Murphy sail by a mixture of woodlands and pasturelands with wooded mountains as a backdrop. The two-lane section in the middle of the route passes through a tree-line corridor along the sparkling Nantahala River that is ablaze with color in the fall.


The drive from Clyde to Murphy provides gorgeous scenery along the mostly four-lane Great Smoky Mountains Scenic Expressway (US 74). From rural farmland to rivers, mountains and forests, travelers can soak up the picturesque views. The Nantahala National Forest provides spectacular foliage views in autumn, while spring brings pastel flowers, dogwoods and azaleas in bloom.


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