We are coming from Louisiana and coming thru Chattonooga. Is it quicker to come thru Knoxville or get off at Merryville?
I've clocked both ways and they are within about 5 minutes of each other, but you're less likely to run into traffic going through Maryville plus it's a pretty drive.
Depending on which day of the week you are coming in it may be far better to come through Maryville.
On Friday afternoons the traffic into P.F. from Knoxville is terrible. Also I-40 through Knoxville has been closed for around a year for rework which causes you to take the 640 north bypass and that adds a few short minutes. The last I heard that was due to reopen in late June.
Given normal traffic the previous poster is right. There is less than 5 minutes difference either way.
We are coming in on June 27 which is a Saturday probably at about 6:00 in the evening.
We travel along the same route laracegirl, and we always take the way through Maryville.
It's always nice to get off of the interstate at that point. The pace slows a little, but it's still a shorter way than I-40 through Knoxville, plus you won't be sitting in traffic through Sevierville, and I mean SITTING.
Have a great time!
I always come through Lenoir City/Maryville/Townsend/Wears VAlley.
I hate the traffic on the parkway coming in from I-40 in Kodak, so unless I know for sure I'm not going to have any traffic jams, I use Hwy 321.
Your so right, Gottagocit! Depending on the day and time, we sometimes go to Exit 187 (I think), right downtown, and go all the way to Sevierville on Chapman HWY through Seymour. There is very little traffic, and all kinds of interesting little places in Sevier County. I have never tried your route, but plan to do so.
Sorry--You're so right!! Not thinking.
laracegirl: When we drive up there through Chatt., we exit I75 onto 140 and exit 140 at 129 (Alcoa Hwy) and head north (make a left).
Once on 129 North, we exit at Gov. Sevier Hwy 168 and travel on that one until it crosses the Chapman Hwy. (441). Turn right on 441 and this will take you through Newell Station and on to Sevierville.
Arriving up there around 6PM will give you a pretty good amount of daylight and a lot less traffic as you would find if you drove along I-40.
Also this route excludes Maryville, as I always find Maryville to be a little to traffic busy for this driver.
You had best study a map before you get there, as it can be confusing with all the road signs and multiple hwy numbers, and the lack of a sigh when you seem the most confused as to whether you are proceeding correctly.
Good luck on your choice.
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