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Old 06-04-2016, 08:49 AM   #1
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Want to go to the "mountains"

We live in Orlando and want to check out higher elevations. Assuming a day's drive is 8-9 hours (under 600 miles), what would be some good candidate locations and campgrounds to check out?

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Want to go to the "mountains"

The Great Outdoors Resort in Franklin NC. I spent a few weeks there and enjoyed it. It's at the foot hills of the Smokey Mountains ( 2200 feet elev. ). A short drive quickly takes you to 5000'.

http://gorvresort.com/
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looks nice, thanks

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The Great Outdoors Resort in Franklin NC. I spent a few weeks there and enjoyed it. It's at the foot hills of the Smokey Mountains ( 2200 feet elev. ). A short drive quickly takes you to 5000'.

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The Great Outdoors Resort in Franklin NC. I spent a few weeks there and enjoyed it. It's at the foot hills of the Smokey Mountains ( 2200 feet elev. ). A short drive quickly takes you to 5000'.

RV Park Western NC - Smoky Mountains - Asheville

Just a heads up on your Routing - Rt 64 in the mountains can be a challenge for some. So I might suggest you get into it early before the traffic picks up. The Outdoors Resort is a great place to spend time and explore, before we had been to the San Juan's in Colorado this was a must go to spot, every year, for us.

If you really want to explore mountains and shear wildness and Beauty I would suggest you take a Summer and do the Rockies of Colorado - with the highest roads getting you close to 5,000 feet in North Carolina, the town of Denver, in the foothills, is at 5,280 feet to start and the "Real Mountains" are over 12,000 feet.

With Orlando as your home base it would be difficult to get used the No Humidity of Colorado, Once we get there we have never looked forward to returning to the East Coast.

Enjoy the Lake Toxaway trip, if you go and remember to get out with the Locals to find Hundreds of great waterfalls in the woods.

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Their route from Orlando will not take them to any mountain roads or route 64.
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We enjoyed our stay at Riverbend Campground near Hiawassee in the north GA mountains - Riverbend Campground - Hiawassee GA. Our review and photos here - Big Dude's Eclectic Ramblings: On The Road Again - RVing In North Georgia - they have expanded since we were there. We also stayed at Great Outdoors in Franklin and enjoyed it as well - our comments here - Big Dude's Eclectic Ramblings: RVing In Western North Carolina.
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Go to Cleveland, Georgia and stay here Yonah Mountain Campground - Yonah Mountain Campground Home or on up just past Helen and stay here Unicoi State Park and Lodge | Georgia State Parks

That area is in the high foothills, around 1200-1600 feet with higher peaks, but there are no excessively exciting climbs or descents. I wouldn't go over the mountain to Blairsville or Hiawassee first time out. You can easily take your toad to Helen, Talllulah Gorge, Brasstown Bald etc. Supermarkets, Walmart, diesel service etc are in Cleveland.

Summertime is significantly cooler than Orlando but it's not "cool," it's more like "less hot."

You can run up I-75 through Atlanta, then I-985 to Gainesville and US-129 to Cleveland and Helen or, if white-knuckle Atlanta driving isn't your thing, up US-441 to Cornelia and GA-105 over to Cleveland. The bypass around Athens isn't a big deal.
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Hi jondrew,
Consider this Hidden Mountain Resort, Inc. | Cabin Types | The Dell RV as your base camp. From there one can quickly be in the The Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Stop at the Sugarlands visitor center. https://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvis...torcenters.htm all kinds of hiking and nature sight seeing. Back at camp there are many places to eat with a wide variety of food choices. Just need to buy a ticket and be entertained? There are plenty of shows to choose from.

Sevierville, TN is easy to get to and get out from.
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Gatlinburg, TN has a ton of stuff to do. May want to look at it also.
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We are currently enjoying our stay at Apple Valley Farm Motorcoach resort in Lake Lure NC, 583 miles from Orlando. It would be an easy drive for you. All but the last 19.5 miles are interstate. The last few miles are quite curvy but not bad at all. The RV resort is part of the Rumbling Bald Resort at Lake Lure, around 1500' elevation or so, and there is much to do. If you are a fan of the movie "Dirty Dancing", it was filmed at Lake Lure and there is a DD Festival each August. You are also very close to Chimney Rock State Park if you want to see "real" mountains. However, the elevator there is out so you will have to climb some 400+ steps to see the top view.

For your toad, you have to flat tow or use a small tow dolly. No space to put a trailer, so they are not allowed. FWIW, Lot 148 has a phenomenal two tier deck with wonderful views. Lot 114 is also magnificently done but it has less shade. Both are very open above if you need that for satellite.
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Just a heads up on your Routing - Rt 64 in the mountains can be a challenge for some. So I might suggest you get into it early before the traffic picks up. The Outdoors Resort is a great place to spend time and explore, before we had been to the San Juan's in Colorado this was a must go to spot, every year, for us.

If you really want to explore mountains and shear wildness and Beauty I would suggest you take a Summer and do the Rockies of Colorado - with the highest roads getting you close to 5,000 feet in North Carolina, the town of Denver, in the foothills, is at 5,280 feet to start and the "Real Mountains" are over 12,000 feet.

With Orlando as your home base it would be difficult to get used the No Humidity of Colorado, Once we get there we have never looked forward to returning to the East Coast.

Enjoy the Lake Toxaway trip, if you go and remember to get out with the Locals to find Hundreds of great waterfalls in the woods.

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Sorry I thought you were directing them to the Mountains, MY MISTAKE,

The Summit of Luxury Motorcoach Resorts in the Blueridge Mts

is the place I was referring to, it is now call Mountain-falls Resort - first class and sunsets and views to die for - it used to be Out Door resorts of America (ORA) it is located right on rt 64 In the Mountains across from Lake Toxaway.

In the old days - these resorts were the thing, and this one along with the two from Hilton Head are first rate (Used to be a large number located all over the US.)

So if you want to stay Up in the Mountains and stay cool with great sunsets give this place a look.

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Another good one to look at is River Vista CG in Dillard Ga.
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Lots of good suggestions. Thanks!
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I would suggest Maggie Valley, NC, about 900 miles from you. This is a great spot to "headquarter", while taking day trips in the toad!

You can get on the Blue Ridge Parkway right out of Maggie Valley and go north or south, go across the mountains to Cherokee, NC (30 miles), from there go across the Smoky Mountains to Gatlinburg & Pigeon Forge (1 hour).

We have been staying the month of October in Maggie Valley for many years and never get tired of it!

There are two really nice RV parks on Hwy 276 about 5 miles from Maggie Valley, Pride RV Resort and Creekwood Farm RV Park.
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