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rcload9

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Posted: 01/20/19 11:46am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I will be travelling from CO to see the Smoky Mountains this summer for the first time. Any suggestions on routes, campgrounds and must do's? 40' Class A with tow.

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It would help more to know what your looking for. Shopping, restaurants, hook ups, or secluded, quiet, views.


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We don't camp much in the Smoky Mountains. We do most of ours in the Blue Ridge Mountains. However the one Cg we like in the Smoky Mountains is Happy Holiday in Cherokee. Very nice, and will easily handle a 40' MH.


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Great Smokey's?
Must see's on my list would be
- Gatlinburg
- Great Smokey's National Park including Clingman Dome, Chimney Top, etc
- Biltmore Estate, Ashville
- Chimney Top east of Ashville
- Pigeon Forge, check out the dinner shows


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The Blue Mountains do kind of merge into the Smokies, and both are beautiful. If you have time the Blue Ridge Parkway has some wonderful sights and views and hiking. (Do check the tunnel locations and clearances beforehand; some are rather on the low side at the fog line.)

I found the Cade's Cove loop road very interesting. I would not recommend taking the RV around it, based on my experience doing that; while it's possible, it's tight and there are plenty of relatively low-hanging branches and people parking along the road can make it even more tight. The area is scenic and the historical bits intriguing.

Dollywood is above-average for amusement parks, and offers a good many things besides just rides and fairground games. Most of the rest of Pigeon Forge is...well, touristy in the worst sense. It'd be exciting as all get out if you're about a 4th grade boy, I think.

I haven't stayed there yet, but the views from Mama Gertie's Campground look absolutely fabulous from the pictures I've seen.





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For the Eastern TN side I would recommend staying in the Townsend area if you want to avoid the tourist area of Gatinburg and Pigeon Forge. You are close to Cade’s Cove and some nice hiking.


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We drove through Gatlinburg last summer and could not find anywhere to park. We were driving an F150, suprcrew, pulling a 17' TT. Almost every parking area was passenger vehicles only and we spent about 45 minutes trying to find TT parking. We gave up and headed for the NP.


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Do you want an RV resort? Do you want amenities, do you want a campground with no services? Do you want to be where there is lots of things to do or do you want to be in the quiet side of the GSMNP? How do you feel about neighbors? If we know the answers to these questions, we can give you some better information.


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BarabooBob wrote:

We drove through Gatlinburg last summer and could not find anywhere to park. We were driving an F150, suprcrew, pulling a 17' TT. Almost every parking area was passenger vehicles only and we spent about 45 minutes trying to find TT parking. We gave up and headed for the NP.

We don't even like to drive our DRW F350 in downtown Gatlinburg. We will usually park and ride around on the shuttle.

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