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Old 11-01-2014, 12:37 PM   #1
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Hwy 74, North GA and West NC???

We're going from Birmingham, AL, to Asheville for thanksgiving, and are thinking about taking all back roads. That would put us on 411 thru Cartersville, then onto 76 and 74 to Asheville.

Two Questions:

a. Are these roads Motorhome friendly (no narrow roads, steep dropoffs, or low overhangs?

b. What exactly does one do for a service truck if the unthinkable happens?

We're new to this, so anxious to know if we're getting in over our heads by taking all back roads?

P.S. the admiral gets scared on interstates, so there's a reason for going this if it's not a sure way to ruin a 42 year marriage
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Old 11-01-2014, 01:06 PM   #2
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We traveled from Woodstock, GA. up I575/5/76 to Hiawassie up to 74 then to Asheville in June. Can't say anything about 76 from I75 to Elijay, but 76 is a good four lane road to Blairsville. I would recommend you take 60 to Murphy, NC then 74 east. It is four lanes until east of Andrews, then drops to two. the road does become steep dropping into Nantahala Gorge, and is curvy until you get out of the gorge. About 10 or 12 miles worth. From there to Asheville, it is a divided four lane.
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We traveled from Woodstock, GA. up I575/5/76 to Hiawassie up to 74 then to Asheville in June. Can't say anything about 76 from I75 to Elijay, but 76 is a good four lane road to Blairsville. I would recommend you take 60 to Murphy, NC then 74 east. It is four lanes until east of Andrews, then drops to two. the road does become steep dropping into Nantahala Gorge, and is curvy until you get out of the gorge. About 10 or 12 miles worth. From there to Asheville, it is a divided four lane.
I'll second that and say that 76 is a fine road. We were in Clayton GA a couple weeks ago. These are good size towns up there. You can go up to Murphy or up through Franklin NC. If you need a nice place to overnight, Moccasin Creek State Park is just a few minutes south on 119.
The roads are great. A few long up/downhills and nice sweeping bends. No drama.
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I was born with acrophobia, and it seems to have gotten worse with age, so are there any steep drop offs, high bridges, or canyons along these roads.... that you remember?
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Here is the way you will want to go:
From north of Atlanta take 575 which turns into 76. 575 is labeled an interstate, but its more of a 4 lane highway.Take that to Blue Ridge. Then 5 up to McCaysville. There you cross into NC and the road changes to 68. Continue north a few miles and pick up 64 east to Murphy. In Murphy, pick up 74/19 toward Andrews. This will take you all the way to Asheville.
A lot of this is rolling hills and farm county. You will enjoy it.
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Nice to know that others have done this trip with no surprises. Some of the campground reviews claim very narrow access roads, so we'll ask when making reservations.

Thanks for your commenataries
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If you decide to go 411 from Cartersville to US 76, right after you turn off 411 onto US 76, Ga 282, there is a short, curvy incline (about 1.5 miles), but then 76 is a good 2 lane into Ellijay. I see many motor homes pulling toads on this highway (including mine). At Ellijay you hit 515/76 which is 4 lane and then on to Blue Ridge.
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Thanks Larry. I'll google earth it.

Would there be an alternate route that might be easier on my bride's nerves?
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From Cartersville you can take Hwy 20 across to Canton and 575/515. Then north to Blue Ridge. Hwy 20 is newly re-done and is part 2 lane and part 4 lane.
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Just travelled those roads a couple of weeks ago. No real surprises. It is mountain country so you will have some 6 or 7% grades occasionally but nothing to stress over. I highly recommend you stop at Panorama Apple Barn just as you get in to Ellijay. Big red building. The parking lot is RV friendly
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Loves Truck Stop in Cartersville is awesome!! If you need roadside assistance, call them. They really helped us!!
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If you decide to go 411 from Cartersville to US 76, right after you turn off 411 onto US 76, Ga 282, there is a short, curvy incline (about 1.5 miles), but then 76 is a good 2 lane into Ellijay. I
Yep, looks like 34.68 @ 84.70 That's the kind of steep incline down to the river that would give me the heebie jeebies.

BTW, for those that are interested in inclines, here's a link to a pretty good mapping service that does both highway and topo maps for us.

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Might want to consider Hwy 64 out of Murphy, NC thru Franklin, NC and follow signs to I40. 74/19 out of Andrews goes thru Nanahalla Gorge area and is a fairly narrow steppe 2 lane road. Side roads can be fun, but if you have a toad tight curves can get in the way of the fun. Dave
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Thanks, Dave. Avoiding those kinds of roads that are tight, with steep drop-offs, is our primary objective.

Looks like 23 from Franklin, thru Sylva to Waynesville, then connect with I-40?
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