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Franklin to Townsend realistic travel time needed please

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michigan
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Franklin to Townsend realistic travel time needed please

Hello all,

We will be traveling from Townsend to Franklin this June. Can someone give me a realistic expectation for travel time two ways (with no stops for sightseeing): the first being through GSMNP, and the next being around GSMNP via the Foothills Parkway and down through Robbinsville. Thanks so much.

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1. Re: Franklin to Townsend realistic travel time needed please

You don't say how you are going thru the GSMNP but from Franklin to Gatlinburg, you can expect it to take 3 1/2 - 4 hours.

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2. Re: Franklin to Townsend realistic travel time needed please

Take a good look at a map; Townsend is on the northwestern side of the park. Just take this route: http://tinyurl.com/4rpt2d. As sunshine said, it's between 3 1/2 and 4 hrs.

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3. Re: Franklin to Townsend realistic travel time needed please

By the way, 3 1/2 to 4 hours is one way.

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Best way from Townsend is to take Foothills parkway. When it dead ends take a left on 129. Go about 11 miles and take a left on 28. Follow 28 all the way to Franklin. A good 2-2 1/2 hours one way.

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5. Re: Franklin to Townsend realistic travel time needed please

Which way do you go to cut off that much time?

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6. Re: Franklin to Townsend realistic travel time needed please

It is more like 3 hours.

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7. Re: Franklin to Townsend realistic travel time needed please

sunshine&sand,

I think they are talking about Franklin, NC not Franklin TN

It would still take me more time than that but I can not resist stopping on a beautiful drive like that. (And I could never go that close to Cherahala Skyway Drive without going there)

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8. Re: Franklin to Townsend realistic travel time needed please

We drive that way frequently by I-40 and unless you are going way over the speed limit, with all the traffic it always takes us 3 1/2 - 4 hours. It is 215 miles from Exit 65 on I-65 to Exit 407 on I-40. Then you have all the traffic to Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg.

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9. Re: Franklin to Townsend realistic travel time needed please

My apologies for the confusion. I am talking about Franklin, NC.

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10. Re: Franklin to Townsend realistic travel time needed please

Hi stiebermom,

I just looked at Google Maps and Microsoft Streets & Trips. Both show that it's about 80 to 83 miles and will take about two hours 14 minutes. Here's a link to Google Maps: http://tinyurl.com/5r5ac9

This info is going through the park on Hwy 441.

Bob

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