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Old 11-28-2015, 10:13 AM   #1
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Travelling from Ma. to Ashville, N.C.

We will be heading on down to Ashville in April. I was looking at Google Maps trying to plan my route and it said that Rt. 81 is a toll road. Is that true? If so, is there an alternate way of getting there?
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Old 11-28-2015, 10:26 AM   #2
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Hi Horizonchase,
Interstate Route 81 is not a toll road. The entire road from Canada to Tennessee is a freeway.
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I looked at that route on Google maps and it says the ROUTE has tolls on it but that is probably referring to tolls on the Tappan Zee bridge. The rest of the route is toll free.
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We make the trip to Central Mass about every other year. There are several routes to go but the easiest, but not the shortest, is I-84 to I-81 and then South to your exit for Asheville, NC. The only toll is across the Hudson River.
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Old 11-28-2015, 06:40 PM   #5
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+4 on the advice above. The Pike will cost you a couple o'bucks from 146 to I-84, but from there on you're free. There's not even a toll crossing the Hudson westbound.

When you get down into TN, near Kingsport, I-26 is now complete and branches directly off I-81 to provide a very nice ride right into Asheville. We drove that very route northbound just last spring, and it's all fine road.


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+4 on the advice above. The Pike will cost you a couple o'bucks from 146 to I-84, but from there on you're free. There's not even a toll crossing the Hudson westbound.

When you get down into TN, near Kingsport, I-26 is now complete and branches directly off I-81 to provide a very nice ride right into Ashville. We drove that very route northbound just last spring, and it's all fine road.
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I see what you mean. It looks like a straight shot right into Ashville. That's the road that we will take. I'm not going to take thge Mass Pike. Most likely Rt. 84 to Rt. 81. Sound good? Thanks John!
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Went that way a month ago, the worst is still the west end of I-84 in Conn (Waterbury) for traffic and construction, as well as the bridge over the Delaware River still one lane and finally in Wilkes-Barre. From there the sailing was clear until we bailed onto I-77.

No tolls going down, only on Newburg Bridge going eastbound, and of course Mass Pike of traveled to get to I-84. We take it from I-290 to I-84, unless holiday traffic, then Rt 20.

+1 on I-26 into Asheville.

Where are you staying in Asheville? Would love to get down there someday for Christmas and view the Biltmore in it's holiday glory. Alast will have to settle for the Magic Kingdom...
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I see what you mean. It looks like a straight shot right into Ashville. That's the road that we will take. I'm not going to take thge Mass Pike. Most likely Rt. 84 to Rt. 81. Sound good? Thanks John!

This route has the side benefit of being scenic and less traffic than other interstate routes.

If you would like a short alternate route for the return trip, look at I77 from I26 to I81. At Mt Airy, stop for an over night or 2 at the Mayberry Campground. My Airy was the inspiration for Mayberry in the Andy Griffith TV show. The old downtown has embraced the "Mayberry" theme and is enjoyable to visit. Eating a Porkchop sandwich at the Snappy Lunch will transport you back to the 1950s.

The campground is well kept and is also a Passport America park.
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Here's an 'out the windshield' pic of our stay at a nice, small Bear Creek Rv park in October - really a tight park for a larger coach, but the overlook sites and sharing a sitting area between sites with friends helped... (I actually went in and exited the wrong way to allow a head in setting)
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