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Scenic drive from Gatlinburg to Chattanooga?!

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Scenic drive from Gatlinburg to Chattanooga?!

Planning a trip to Gatlinburg then over to Chattanooga end of March. Would love a more scenic way to get there..ideas? Never been to area (Gatlinburg) before. THANKS !

Townsend, Tennessee
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1. Re: Scenic drive from Gatlinburg to Chattanooga?!

With 441 closed on the NC side of the Park, a scenic alternative would be to leave Gatlinburg on 441 and enter the Smoky Mountain National Park, make the right at Sugarland Visitor Center, then travel through the Park on Little River Road approx 17 miles, exit through Townsend, then follow 321 for about 7 miles to the entrance to Foothill Parkway on the left. Foothill Parkway to Hwy 129, right to 411 then south on 411 until you hit Ocoee, then cut across to I-75 at Ocoee or further north at Etowah, or Sweetwater if you want to pick up I-75 sooner.

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2. Re: Scenic drive from Gatlinburg to Chattanooga?!

Same as above except turn left at Hwy 129. Follow 129 through Robbinsville over to Hwy 74. Take Hwy 74 into Cleveland and get on I-75.

As an alternative you could take 129 as I described above and just before Robbinsville you could get on the Cherohala Skyway and take that into Tellico Plains. Then take 68 south to Hwy 64/74 and take 64/74 into Cleveland to I-75.


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3. Re: Scenic drive from Gatlinburg to Chattanooga?!

A recent post asked a similar question however the poster was coming from Chicago. They received info about things to see in Kentucky which looked very interesting. Here is the tripadvisor URL and I would especially recommend the post by Ravekid. http://tinyurl.com/cpkuf5s I am travelling from Canada so will also be watching this post for good ideas of things to see and a place to stay in either southern Ohio or northern Kentucky.

4. Re: Scenic drive from Gatlinburg to Chattanooga?!

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