"Missing Link" of Foothills Parkway opens this weekend

Decades in the making, Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials plan to open the long-awaited section of the Foothills Parkway between Walland and Wears Valley, better known as "the Missing Link".

The official opening is on Saturday, November 10. The public will be able to drive the entire 16-mile roadway for the first time since 1966.

"We are grateful to the visionaries in the 1930s who conceived the idea of a parkway and to the countless people who have tirelessly worked since then to complete this spectacular section,” said Superintendent Cassius Cash. “We can’t wait for people to experience the unparalleled views offered along this new Smokies destination.”

The park service will be hosting an official ribbon cutting at 10 a.m. with Gov. Bill Haslam and Sen. Lamar Alexander on hand, among others.

The event is for employees, contractors and official who have been involved with the project over its 50-year construction.