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Old 04-17-2015, 11:47 AM   #1
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Advice on towing through Ocoee Scenic Bypass

Does anyone have any advice on traveling US 64 from Cleveland, TN through to Franklin, NC? I have driven the road several times but haven't ever towed through there. I know the part going through the gorge is 2 lane, narrow and twisty. I looked for an alternative from Desoto State Park in Alabama but wasn't able to come up with anything yet.
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Old 04-17-2015, 12:50 PM   #2
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I remember that some of those curves were pretty tight with some rock overhangs. I suppose it could be done but you better have a good feel for where your trailer is at all times and I would not go on the weekends but it is not peak season yet so it should not be too bad. They run school buses through there all the time but I am sure they know where all the snags are. It really depends on your sense of adventure. I don't think I would risk it with my 31 ft trailer. I use to make that drive all the time. My folks had a house in Blairsville, GA and I was coming from Huntsville, AL.

You could go south from Chattanooga to Chatsworth over to Fort Mountain State Park and then to Ellijay and then to Blairsville that way. It would be the scenic route for sure.

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Old 04-17-2015, 12:52 PM   #3
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I guess I'll go back to finding a route east from Ft. Payne. Maybe go down to Rome, GA and then over to Canton, GA and pick up 5 there.
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Just came through there on Sunday with no problems. They have widened the lanes and dynamited the rock overhangs to prevent slides the last few years.

Now before the widening and overhang changes, I would recommend caution. Could be done. Did it with a 31 footer, but it was a shake your britches out experience.

You really shouldn't have any problems now. I would go for it.
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Old 04-17-2015, 02:13 PM   #5
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Oh, that's good news. Thanks for the report.
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US64 Ocoee

I live in the area and have traveled that road many times. The overhang is only in one curve and only an issue going west and not even an issue unless you are over 13' or so. The overhang looks worse than it is as I have traveled this road many times pulling 53' 13' 6" trailer. The only problem you may have is weekend traffic which will be everywhere and US64 is the shortest and easiest route.
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We'll be going through there east bound next Wednesday and will be returning a different route. Thanks for your input.
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Advice on towing through Ocoee Scenic Bypass

We just drove through there pulling our 28' Safari this week. Yes, there are some nice tight curves and an 8 percent grade coming down the backside, but you can do it. We went through last Monday. It was rainy and there was a rock slide they were cleaning up. This closed one lane and we had to wait about 10 minutes or so. It's a beautiful drive and worth the effort. We took this route coming from Chattanooga on our way to Highlands, NC. Good luck!
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