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JCK

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Posted: 10/31/20 01:35pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

As the subject line says we’re traveling with the camper from Franklin to Pigeon Forge
Mapping programs say use Route 441 over the Smokies . I’m ok with that just looking for input from From other Campers that have driven that Route . I will ask at the campground office but would rather hear from fellow travelers.
I can take I 40 around that’s the way we came from Ohio. The go around route is longer and would like fresh scenery . What do you guys think
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Posted: 10/31/20 02:26pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If it were me I'd take the 441.


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I go 40. You don’t say what kind of camper you have but if it amounts to anything you will be hating life going 441. Take 40 to TN 411 through Chestnut Hill.

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My trailer is 30 foot ball to bumper . I would guess 441 traffic is a problem . We have been on 441 but only from the north side

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Posted: 10/31/20 06:42pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If I'm not mistaken, 18 wheelers travel this route. Just saying

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rirish1 wrote:

If I'm not mistaken, 18 wheelers travel this route. Just saying

Commercial vehicles are not allowed thru the Park unless they are specifically permitted.

There is some steep areas going up to the Tennessee line and a couple of switchbacks.
I would be more concerned coming down into Tennessee from the gap. They have worked on the road trying to make it better, but it is still narrow and very steep for a while. Couple of tunnels, but nothing to worry about. The steep grades and narrow lanes would be a major concern.
If you are worried, take 74 at Sylva/Dillsboro over to I-40 and head west to Kodak and come in from the north to Pigeon Forge.
That route is longer and is pretty danged hairy when you get into the gorge with the trucks riding your bumper and still there are the curves.
Personally, I would do the route thru the Park

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I have traveled that route , with light traffic. Slow and steady, would not like it with heavy traffic


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I have gone the route I suggested several times with my DP and toad but only been 441 with the car several times and traffic is always a mess.

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ferndaleflyer wrote:

I have gone the route I suggested several times with my DP and toad but only been 441 with the car several times and traffic is always a mess.


ferndaleflyer I’m going to take your route tomorrow. I Want to thank everyone for your responses
Jeff

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