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Hickory (North Carolina) to Gatlinburg drive

driving   /   1 day   /   no pets   /   no RV

Hickory (North Carolina) to Gatlinburg road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Hickory (North Carolina) to Gatlinburg. If you're planning a road trip to Gatlinburg, you can research locations to stop along the way. Make sure you check road conditions to double check the weather. Traveling with a dog or cat? Find pet-friendly stops. Camping along the way? Search for RV campgrounds. Find the best hotels, restaurants, and attractions based on the most talked about places recommended by Trippy members.

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10:00 am  start in Hickory (North Carolina)
drive for about 45 minutes

10:45 am  Blue Ridge Mountains
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 11:45 am
drive for about 56 minutes

12:41 pm  Highland Brewing Company
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 1:41 pm
drive for about 43 minutes

2:23 pm  Waynesville (North Carolina)
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 3:23 pm
drive for about 49 minutes

4:12 pm  Great Smoky Mountain National Park
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 5:12 pm
drive for about 8 minutes

5:20 pm  arrive in Gatlinburg

driving ≈ 3.5 hours


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Where should I stop along the way?

Blue Ridge Mountains  (3 mentions)

Highland Brewing Company  (4 mentions)

Waynesville (North Carolina)  (2 answers)

Great Smoky Mountain National Park  (26 mentions)
    questions about Great Smoky Mountain National Park:
        by pass the park


What are some things to do in Gatlinburg?

This section could be endless, so rather than trying to suggest every local activity or attraction, we'll leave it open-ended.

These are some of the places people talk about on Trippy:

Great Smoky Mountains  (2 mentions)

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Do I really have to go back home?

Yes, even this step is optional, because if you're on vacation who wants the trip to end? It's okay, you can start planning your next trip!

Want to plan the trip back? Get the reverse directions for a Gatlinburg to Hickory (North Carolina) drive, or go to the main page to plan a new road trip.

Looking for ideas for more destinations within driving distance of Hickory (North Carolina)? Try searching for places within 3 hours of Hickory (North Carolina).

You can also compare the travel time if you're flying or driving by calculating the distance from Hickory (North Carolina) to Gatlinburg. Or get a full Hickory (North Carolina) to Gatlinburg flight plan.

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At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 165 miles
driving time of 3 hours, 5 minutes
1 Hickory (North Carolina) travel answer
2 Waynesville (North Carolina) travel answers
32 Gatlinburg travel answers





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