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Old 08-06-2014, 07:15 AM   #1
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Planning a trip to the Cherokee area to visit the Smoky Mtn NP in the latter part of Sept. Will be coming from Florida and entering the area from the east.

1. What would be the best route to Cherokee from I-26 or would you suggest a different route.

2. Looking at RV campgrounds in the area, they seem to range from small to large. Don't need a Resort style site but do want full hookups and a decent stay. Most of the time will be spent within the park during the day and maybe a road trip on the Parkway one day.

Thanks in advance.
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Planning a trip to the Cherokee area to visit the Smoky Mtn NP in the latter part of Sept. Will be coming from Florida and entering the area from the east.
1. What would be the best route to Cherokee from I-26 or would you suggest a different route.

Take I-26N to I-40W (near Asheville). I-40 Exit 27 (Maggie Valley). Rte. 23/19 to Cherokee. Lots of signage along the way. You won't get lost. Take your time and enjoy the area.

2. Looking at RV campgrounds in the area, they seem to range from small to large. Don't need a Resort style site but do want full hookups and a decent stay. Most of the time will be spent within the park during the day and maybe a road trip on the Parkway one day.

Lots of campgrounds along the way. Suggest you look at RV Park Reviews for Cherokee or Maggie Valley or other CGs along your route.

September is a great time to visit the area. Cooler weather, not as crowded as the summer (although still lots of visitors.)

Hope this helps....
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Would you comment on the weather we should expect in the Cherokee area in mid-April? We will be there next year. Thanks.
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Check out Pride RV Resort right outside Maggie Valley. Their address is actually Waynesville. It's a great place to "home base". The Blue Ridge Parkway is just a mile or so outside Maggie Valley. Cherokee, NC is probably a 30 minute drive, and Gatlinburg & Pigeon Forge is about an hour's drive. I-40 is about a mile from the CG.

The folks there are great to deal with. You'll love it!
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Would you comment on the weather we should expect in the Cherokee area in mid-April? We will be there next year. Thanks.
Mid April it AVERAGES mid 40s for a low to mid 60s for the high. But, I've also experienced frost and mid 70s.

Anywhere in the Smokies or the Parkway is Bee-You-Tee-Full. I spend a lot of time in Waynesville (Cataloochee) and Cades Cove.

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I'd recommend you stay on highway 74 (the Smokey Mountain expressway) to highway 441, which will take you right up to Cherokee. 74 is 4 lanes and a nice drive with no steep, narrow twisties like you may find on 19. It's the same exit off I40 (exit 27) - when 19 splits off to the right, stay on 74. By all means, take 19 back to Maggie Valley while there, but we prefer to keep to 74 with the coach.

We go a couple of times per year and have stayed at Happy Holliday, just a few miles down 19 past the casino and much closer to the park entrance than any of the parks, nice as they may be, in Maggie Valley.
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We've stayed at Cherokee KOA and enjoyed both visits. They have a river running next to the campground with some nice and yes pricey lots next to it and plenty of other lots on the interior.They do a lot of planned activities. Its about a mile outside of downtown.
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We stay at Happy Holiday for the casino and KOA on the other side of town for playing in the park and parkway. Both nice campgrounds but no resort
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We've stayed at Cherokee KOA and enjoyed both visits. They have a river running next to the campground with some nice and yes pricey lots next to it and plenty of other lots on the interior.They do a lot of planned activities. Its about a mile outside of downtown.

X2. When I was there they even had nice music playing in the shower/bath rooms !
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Hi Workshop,
Cherokee KOA gets my vote. Shortens the drive to everything in the area. Ask the CG for the best way to get there. Beware of your GPS, in a rare event, mine got me on the wrong road.
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Charokee KOA is on of our top 10 campgrounds. It is very pretty and well maintained and what we like it is very family friendly.
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Thanks for the suggestions. After looking at several choices, we have decided to stay at the KOA in Cherokee. It will provide the closest access to the Park and the Blue Ridge.

Had looked at staying at Smokemont within the Park for a couple of days but that would have required two additional moves in the six days there. So will use the KOA as a base and enjoy the Park.

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I'd recommend you stay on highway 74 (the Smokey Mountain expressway) to highway 441, which will take you right up to Cherokee. 74 is 4 lanes and a nice drive with no steep, narrow twisties like you may find on 19. It's the same exit off I40 (exit 27) - when 19 splits off to the right, stay on 74.
Thanks for that suggestion. That will be the route we'll take. Its nice to have a SAT view on the mapping programs to see the routes and area during planning. But also nice to have great suggestions from those that have been there. Now have to decide if I want a nine hour drive to start the vacation.....

Thanks again everyone.
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