North Carolina July 01, 2016
Most People Have No Idea This Unique Tunnel In North Carolina Exists
If you say, ‘the road to nowhere,’ it might conjure thoughts of a dead end road, a very, very long country road, or you can even get metaphorical with it and imagine your life, relationship, etc. has hit a ‘dead end.’ Essentially, the ‘road to nowhere’ is associated with negative emotions…but what if I told you an actual Road To Nowhere exists in North Carolina?
The Road To Nowhere is a road deep within the Smokies that ends with a tunnel that literally goes....nowhere.
The Road To Nowhere consists of a six-mile scenic route with gorgeous views of the Smoky mountains. But there's a dark past to this pretty drive, and one of the first indications you'll see is a sign that reads - "The Road To Nowhere - A Broken Promise."
Even today, there's much controversy and speculation over the Road To Nowhere.
It all started in 1930s and 40s when Swain County sold an abundant amount of private land to the national government for the creation of Fontana Lake and Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Many who called this area home were immediately displaced and promised that the completion of HWY 288 would allow them to still access remnants of 'home,' like family cemeteries and grave sites.
The former access road was buried beneath the waters of the lake. Due to environmental and construction issues, the new road was never completed. Families never saw the promise fulfilled to one day have access to what was rightfully theirs. Instead, the road still sits hauntingly with a tunnel marking the end. In 2010, the US Department of Interior paid Swain County $52 million in lieu of building the road. But the Road To Nowhere still remains.
Today, many people travel through the Great Smoky Mountains National Forest and down the dead end road to get their own Road To Nowhere experience. Of course, you HAVE to walk through the tunnel.
Besides an extremely unique (and sometimes eerie) day trip, those brave enough to travel 'Nowhere' are treated to coveted and one-of-a-kind views of both Fontana Lake and the Smokies.
You can access the road by hiking or driving, and feel free to walk around the area and marvel in a truly unique, haunting tunnel and distant memory.
The Road To Nowhere is an eerily unique place, and has made several of our lists, including
25 of the most jaw dropping places in North Carolina.
Have you visited here before? What did you think of the Road To Nowhere?