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Old 07-29-2017, 06:46 PM   #1
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Anyone ever taken this route from Athens Ga to Pigeon Forge

Looking at this route to take from Athens Ga. to Pigeon Forge in a 33' Class A shows 2 tunnels but route planner in Good Sam trip planner doesn't warn me not to take this way because of tunnels being to low for RV,other route was 441 up to pigeon forge but looks and I seen in post that its to curvey.
Take ramp right for I-85 N / GA-403 N 87.4mi
103.8mi
10 At exit 46, take ramp right and follow signs for Pleasantburg Dr 0.8mi
104.7mi
11 Bear right onto SC-291 / S Pleasantburg Dr 6.0mi
110.7mi
12 Turn left onto N Pleasantburg Dr 0.1mi
110.8mi
13 Bear right onto SC-291 / N Pleasantburg Dr 2.9mi
113.7mi
14 Keep straight onto SC-253 / State Park Rd 0.2mi
113.8mi
15 Turn right onto US-276 / US-25 BR / Poinsett Hwy 4.8mi
118.7mi
16 Keep straight onto US-25 S / US-276 W 0.2mi
118.8mi
17 Road name changes to US-276 W / S Main St 0.3mi
119.2mi
18 Keep straight onto US-25 N / N US-25 25.9mi
145.1mi
19 Take ramp left for I-26 West / US-25 North toward Hendersonville / Asheville 22.9mi
168.0mi
20 Keep straight toward US-74 W 0.5mi
168.5mi
21 Keep straight onto US-74 W 0.3mi
168.8mi
22 Keep straight onto I-40 W / US-74 W 53.6mi
222.4mi
23 At exit 443, take ramp right for Foothills Pky toward Gatlinburg / Great Smoky Mts National Park 0.6mi
222.9mi
24 Keep straight onto TN-339 / Foothills Pkwy 5.7mi
228.6mi
25 Turn left onto US-321 / TN-73 / TN-32 19.9mi
248.6mi
26 Turn right onto US-321 / US-441 / TN-73 / TN-71 / Parkway 1.1mi
249.7mi
27 Bear right onto US-441 N / US-321 S / TN-71 N / TN-73 W / Parkway 5.1mi
254.8mi
28 Turn right onto Dollywood Ln 0.2mi
255.0mi
29 Keep straight onto Veterans Blvd 0.2mi
255.2mi
30 Arrive at Veterans Blvd on the left
3122 Veterans Blvd, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863

thanks for any help
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Old 07-29-2017, 10:30 PM   #2
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I bet you could find details on those tunnels on the states DOT website. See if google will give you any results on those tunnels.
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Old 07-30-2017, 07:19 AM   #3
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Why not just take the easy route? I85-I26-I40.......... I really don't consider the I40 grades up / down that big of deal.

Or, I985 - 23 - 74 in Sylva, over to I40. All 4 lane, just a couple of short steep grades north of Franklin and in Sylva. This also avoids going over on 441 through the park.
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Old 08-03-2017, 01:28 PM   #4
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Best route and roads is 441 north to Franklin NC. Follow 441 Bypass around Franklin and continue to follow 441 into Cherokee and into the GSMNP and across to Tennessee at Newfound Gap. It is a little steep with a couple of turns but thousands of RVs make this trip up and down every year.
When into Tennessee, continue down the mountain. Lots of pull outs to stop and gawk. Mind your speed and go slow, pulling out on occasion to let following traffic pass. There are a couple of tunnels and a couple of switchbacks. not a problem. Tunnel height is measured at the sides, not the center. Use caution if it bothers you and crowd the center line. We have done this trip several times in a tall MH.
Toward the bottom you will see it start to level out.
As you come close to the park boundaries you will see the GSMNP welcome center for the Tennessee side. Look for the Gatlinburg by-pass and take that toward Pigeon Forge. The road will become 4 lane with a creek between the n bound and s bound lanes. Continue with caution as there is always someone wanting to stop and look or turn.
The trip is a piece of cake if you use care and have a great trip
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I agree with Doc. I have been through the park on 441 without issue a few times in my old 35 foot Class A pulling my Jeep. Take your time and enjoy the views!
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