Proposed trip route. revised

Every thing is subject to change, especially one of Beth and my trips. We like to wander, take the road less traveled and go down roads just to see what’s there.

I do have a basic route and it is to see the most rural, wood lined twisty roads we can.

The first night travel will just be interstate to get to the mountains. I20, I59 and I 75 to Cleveland, Tn. We will go out Hwy 64/74 east to the Ocoee lake and river. Ocoee was the site for the whitewater events during the Atlanta Olympics. There are many cascades along it and the Ocoee whitewater center. Our first campground will be at the Chilhowee recreation area.

The next day sees us traveling out the forest road to Hwy 30 north through Reliance then cutting over on backroads to Hwy 68 into Tellico Plains to connect to the Cherohola Skyway. We will turn off it and travel the River road to Bald river falls then cut through the North river road to catch the Cherohala in NC and through Robbinsville to Tsali campground just out of Almond, NC. We will then travel hwy 19 along the Nantahala river and gorge. Then turning off on Wayah rd and taking Otter creek rd to cut across to Hwy 28 coming into Franklin, Tn. We will also see Wayah bald historic fire tower.

Our next adventure is to return to Franklin and travel the Mountain Waters scenic byway. Viewing Cullasaja, Dry and Bridal veil falls and Staying at Van Hook Glade campground.

The next day we will go into Highlands, NC and take a side trip out Hwy 106 to Glenn falls. Returning to Highlands and continuing on Hwy 64 to Hwy 107 that travels south to SC, cutting across to Hwy 281 north to view Whitewater falls and continuing north till reaching 64 again. Crossing Toxaway falls. Crossing over and turning north on Hwy 215, The forest heritage scenic byway. We will stop at the Living Waters ministry to view the falls on their property. Continue on 215 past the Blue Ridge Parkway to the junction with 276 going south.Stopping  to view Moore Cove falls, Looking Glass falls and Sliding Rock before arriving at Davidson River recreation area for the night.

The next day is one I have waited for a long time. We will visit Dupont State forest to view the waterfalls there. Three of the falls were featured in my all time favorite movie, The Last of the Mohicans. This will take most of the day so we will return to Davidson River for the night.

The next day we will go back up Hwy 276 to the Junction with The Blueridge Parkway Following it back toward Cherokee, Nc, viewing the pullouts, especially at the Graveyard fields. Once in Cherokee we will head toward  toward the Heintooga rd and Mingo falls before checking it at Smokemont campground, then driving to Clingmans dome for sunset.

The next morning we will travel the Newfound Gap road to Cades cove and stay in the campground. Making the loop late that evening to view the wildlife. The next morning we will do the loop once again but this time take the Rich mountain road out of the park and over to Gatlinburg where we re enter the park to travel the Roaring Fork motor trail.

The we will skirt around the north side of the park to Cataloochee to view the historic buildings and hopefully some of the elk. We will camp there for the night and the next morning once again go in to view some elk. We will come out and circle around through Maggie valley, stopping at the Wheels through time museum, back through Cherokee and stopping in Bryson city to stay ate Deep Creek campground.

We go from Bryson city on 19 to the Cherohala Skyway to stop at the Joyce Kilmer Memorial forest and stay the night at the Santeelah Creek camp area.

The next day we take the Cherohala skyway back to Tellico Plains, Tn viewing the part we skipped. Then returning to Cleveland, Tn. to take I28 to Nashville to catch the Natchez Trace headed south. Stopping at the Meriwether Lewis campground.

The next day we finish the trace as far as Jackson, Ms. before taking I20 west to head home.


3 Responses to “Proposed trip route. revised”

  1. Let’s start packing!

  2. Sounds like a great route. That would make a great Motorcycle ride!

  3. Love your trip description. Contact our office and we’ll send you a map and other ideas for your backroads adventures.
    Do you have photos you would consider sharing on our Facebook page? Our page is Tennessee Overhill.

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