Foothills Parkway East Maps

    With the completion of the eastern section of the Foothills Parkway near Walland, TN, SMAS has selected a large parking area 4.0 miles from the Walland entrance for star parties. The parking area can accommodate 50 vehicles and offers an good view of the southern horizon.

Foothills Parkway East Overlook GPS: 35°42' 59.2" N, 83°46' 20.2" W

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Foothills Parkway offers dark skies and is only a short drive (~30-45 min.) away from Knoxville. The general public is invited! Proceed to Maryville via any of the major highways and get on US Hwy 321 northbound. At the far end of the hamlet of Walland (8 miles from Maryville), turn right to take the Foothills Parkway exit. The turn is well-marked on Hwy 321.

At the end of the exit ramp, turn left (east) at the STOP sign to pass under the Hwy 321 overpass and enter the new eastern section of this portion of the Foothills Parkway.

Exactly 4.0 miles ahead you will encounter a turnout to a large parking area where SMAS will gather for star paries.