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Old 05-03-2021, 03:02 PM   #1
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Route from Huntsville AL to Atlanta GA

Has anyone driven from Monte Sano State Park near Huntsville AL to Allatoona Landing Marina and RV Park near Atlanta? Looking for the best route with our Nissan Armada towing a 30' Winnie TT. Looks like 3 routes are available. The shortest route looks a little tricky with a sharp dogleg. The next shortest route looks more doable and the third route takes more major highways but adds 30 miles to the trip. Any first hand info would be appreciated. We will probably be traveling there around late August.
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I have driven three routes, maybe the same ones you are thinking of.

1). 431 to Guntersville, then catch 411 in Leesburg, then through Rome and on to I-75. Very hard drive and not that scenic.

2). 72 to Scottsboro, then cross the river and take 40 to Mentone, then Cloudland, Summerville, then 27 and 140 to I-75. By far the most scenic but might be difficult for some rigs.

3) 72 to south Pittsburg, then I-24 and I-75. By far the easiest drive. And the one I use most often.

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If you are not in a rush stop at Guntersville... very nice park.
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I have driven three routes, maybe the same ones you are thinking of.

1). 431 to Guntersville, then catch 411 in Leesburg, then through Rome and on to I-75. Very hard drive and not that scenic.

2). 72 to Scottsboro, then cross the river and take 40 to Mentone, then Cloudland, Summerville, then 27 and 140 to I-75. By far the most scenic but might be difficult for some rigs.

3) 72 to south Pittsburg, then I-24 and I-75. By far the easiest drive. And the one I use most often.

Hope this helps.

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Thanks for the reply. Those are the 3 routes. Figured the third one would be easiest but also longest. What makes the other two difficult if I might ask? We have an SUV towing a 30’ tt.
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Route 1 has a lot of turns and can be confusing. Once you have done it, not really a problem, but the first time, you might miss a turn or two and have to recover. Otherwise not hard to drive, just hard to navigate. I took a wrong turn in Guntersville first time I went this way and was lost for quite a while. But like Daniel Boone said - "I've never been lost. But I have spent a few days not knowing where I was."

Route 2 has a tough climb east of I-59. And tough descent if going in the opposite direction. Two lane road with steep drop-offs, although protected by short rock walls beside the lane. Not a long climb/descent, just steep with tight curves. Very scenic though. I like this drive and don't have a problem with it in my rig, but some rigs (or drivers) might struggle.

Route 3 through Chattanooga is longer in miles, but I think it is shorter in minutes of the 3 choices.

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Route 1 has a lot of turns and can be confusing. Once you have done it, not really a problem, but the first time, you might miss a turn or two and have to recover. Otherwise not hard to drive, just hard to navigate. I took a wrong turn in Guntersville first time I went this way and was lost for quite a while. But like Daniel Boone said - "I've never been lost. But I have spent a few days not knowing where I was."

Route 2 has a tough climb east of I-59. And tough descent if going in the opposite direction. Two lane road with steep drop-offs, although protected by short rock walls beside the lane. Not a long climb/descent, just steep with tight curves. Very scenic though. I like this drive and don't have a problem with it in my rig, but some rigs (or drivers) might struggle.

Route 3 through Chattanooga is longer in miles, but I think it is shorter in minutes of the 3 choices.

Hope this helps.

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Your information is very informative. Since my other half is not too keen on challenging routes, weíll probably opt for number 3. Thanks again for the information, youíve been very helpful.
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