After lunch, make your way up into the mountains via Lakeview Drive. The full drive from the center of Bryson City is about 8.5 miles, but it’s worth it for the views of Lake Fontana below. Bonus, this area is stunning in fall.
The “Road to Nowhere” will eventually dead end at a small parking lot. Stretch the legs and take a short walk to the tunnel. Bring a flashlight if you plan to walk through as it’s very dark.
Beyond the tunnel, the trail goes on for a while and meets up with longer trails through the Smokies, but folks typically turn around near the tunnel.
To fully appreciate this road, I recommend reading the full story on the Bryson City website. It explains the significance of the US government’s broken promise to the residents of Swain County.