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Old 12-12-2020, 05:36 PM   #1
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Chattanooga to Helen GA

Iíll be traveling in a 36í MH towing a car.

Can I take hwy 74/19/76 through Cleveland TN or is it best to come in through Atlanta?
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Old 12-12-2020, 06:08 PM   #2
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No you don't have to go to Atlanta. I pulled a 40' fifth wheel down through NC came out at Hiawassee, Ga. We stayed at Horseshoe Trails Camping at Mountain Lake Resort near Hellen. We also stayed at Bald Mountain Camping Resort and Tallulah Gorge State Park. Just choose roads carefully, after doing some research and you'll be fine. I don't recall the exact roads we took but you will get all the help you need on here.
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I used to live in Dahlonega, GA (about 30 miles or so) from Helen; and there are several routes you can take. But, NO, do not go thru Atlanta to get to Helen from Chattanooga.
Hopefully someone has been there more recently than me and can advise you. Either 74 or 76 over to 19 both seem doable if I remember correctly. You will have some mountainous/curvy roads.
It is all beautiful up there. Sorry I am not more specific but you should get some more guidance on here.
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There are definitely roads in the area that you do not want to travel but I can't find the thread(s) that talk about them. Just do your research, search the forum or just ask more specifically about routes you are thinking of traveling.
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Having traveled this area for 50 yrs and many with a trailer or motorhome I don't approach Helen from the north ever in an RV. The extreme grades, both up and down and hairpin turns are too much for my comfort. The rig I use now is a 40 footer and I tow a dolly. These roads are tough on the engine, the transmission, and the brakes. Most importantly they are tough on me and the safety of the occupants. My gasser barely makes it to the gap crossings over the ridge and the trek eats every bit of power and brakes available with nothing left.

I had some friends drive that route (17/75)out of Helen northbound in their rigs a few weeks back and they swore it off too.

While I do drive this area in a car or pickup I no longer take the rig on GA60, US19, GA75, US76 east of Hiawassee. The furthest north I would cut over from Chattanooga east to Helen is 76 out of Dalton over to Ellijay, then 52 to Dahlonega, then over to Cleveland and Helen. It too has its harder stretches' but they seem shorter and more manageable in the rig.

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Rt. 76 East to Clayton is fine with an RV. Rt. 23 from Clayton south to Clarksville is fine with an RV and routes between Clarksville to Cleveland are fine. Routes between Cleveland and Helen are fine. You could also follow I-75 down to the Cartersville area then east through Canton over to Cumming, then north to Helen. As stated, You don't want to approach Helen from any of the northern routes other than Rt. 23 if you want to go that far east to Clayton.
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Having traveled this area for 50 yrs and many with a trailer or motorhome I don't approach Helen from the north ever in an RV. The extreme grades, both up and down and hairpin turns are too much for my comfort. The rig I use now is a 40 footer and I tow a dolly. These roads are tough on the engine, the transmission, and the brakes. Most importantly they are tough on me and the safety of the occupants. My gasser barely makes it to the gap crossings over the ridge and the trek eats every bit of power and brakes available with nothing left.

I had some friends drive that route (17/75)out of Helen northbound in their rigs a few weeks back and they swore it off too.

While I do drive this area in a car or pickup I no longer take the rig on GA60, US19, GA75, US76 east of Hiawassee. The furthest north I would cut over from Chattanooga east to Helen is 76 out of Dalton over to Ellijay, then 52 to Dahlonega, then over to Cleveland and Helen. It too has its harder stretches' but they seem shorter and more manageable in the rig.

Just my 2 cents FWIW
Iím taking note of this. Good to know.
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