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Old 04-08-2014, 04:18 PM   #1
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Blue Ridge Parkway / Great Smokey Mountains

I'm going to be passing through the southern part of the Blue Ridge Parkway/Great Smokey Mountains area with the family in a few days, on our way home to California. Any advice for where to go for 1-2 days? Would like to see some awesome sights, and I don't mind a FEW twisty roads, but I don't want to drive hundreds of miles on 2-lane steep roads with hairpin turns in a 30' Class C pulling a toad.

I guess I'm looking for a fairly easy route through the area, but still get to see the sights and spend the night at a nice campground.

Any suggestions?



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Old 04-08-2014, 09:06 PM   #2
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Hi Timbo,

Not sure how far south you're speaking of, but we recently spent time in Mt. Airy, NC (home of Andy Griffith) at Mayberry Campground and we drove the toad on a section of the nearby Blue Ridge Parkway. Google the Parkway for more info regarding restrictions. I understand that some sections have tunnels that may or may not have adequate clearance for a MH.


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Old 04-09-2014, 06:09 AM   #3
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Don't take 441 through the park if you don't like narrow, winding roads. The sights are great, but there is always a lot of traffic and the road is both narrow and winding. I assume that you will be passing by the Cherokee side of the Smokies since you mentioned the Parkway - there is a neat grist mill (Mingus Mill) and some historic buildings (the Mountain Farm Museum) at the park entrance on that side that are worth seeing and are easy to get to.

Deep Creek is a great place to both stay and explore if you like the outdoors. There are a number of waterfalls along a short hike, a nice stream where you can tube (if it's not too cold), lots of wildlife, etc. In Franklin, N.C. you can visit one of many 'ruby mines' where you buy pails of dirt and sift them for gemstones. There is a great scenic railroad on the South side of the park too - which is really neat if you are at all interested in such things.

There is a lot to do around there - I'll be interested to see what other people post in this thread. We live closer to the North side of the park, so spend more time there, but have visited almost every part of the Smokies at some point in the last 35 years. It is a very popular park, and can get crowded at times, but this early in the season you should not have too much issue with big crowds (which is good if you consider going to the Deep Creek area - it's very popular in the Summer.)

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Old 04-09-2014, 07:26 AM   #4
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Find a good spot to park the RV. Others have given advice. THEN, drive the toad all over hither & yon. That way you will see a lot, . Thats why you are pulling the toad, right?
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Please allow my disclaimer first. We have not camped at Smokemont Campground in the Great Smokey NP but have schedulesd a trip for it later in the year. This campground is approximately 1 hour drive off I-40. It's in the NP and near alot of history and beautiful NC scenery. I wouldn't anticipate much white knuckle driving. We camp in a 32 ft MH and can't wait to go. It's just a suggestion. Check it out for yourself. I don't think you'll be disappointed. Here's a link.

Facility Details - SMOKEMONT CAMPGROUND, NC - Recreation.gov
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Old 04-09-2014, 08:02 AM   #6
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Lots of info. Also The Biltmore House outside Asheville is great.

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