This paved nine mile mountain road begins as a spur of the Blue Ridge Parkway near Wolf Laurel Gap located at mile marker 458.2 of the Parkway. It leads drivers along the crest of Balsam Mountain with scenic overlooks on both sides and into a remote part of Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
One highlight is the Mile High Overlook that scans the distant peaks of the Smokies to the left, including Clingmans Dome, Mount Le Conte, Mount Kephart, and Mount Guyot. To the right, the Balsam Mountains reach to the sky. This overlook is located 1.3 miles from the Parkway.