Foothills Parkway offers very 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 (see MAP 1 above) and get on US Hwy 321 northbound. At the far end of the hamlet of Walland (@8 miles from town), turn right onto the Foothills Parkway. The turn is well-marked on Hwy 321.
About 10 miles ahead you will encounter the Top of the World intersection. See MAP 2 below for the overlooks SMAS uses for star parties. Look Rock #4 (the 5th overlook from the Top of the World intersection) is our current preference.