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Old 03-29-2012, 07:12 AM   #1
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Gatlinburg to Cherokee on Rt 441

At the end of April we are looking to travel from Gatlinburg, TN thru the Smokies to Cherokee, NC using Rt. 441. Looked at various maps and it appears to be a "principal, undivided" road but can't tell if it is single or dual lane. Also appears to be "closed to commercial traffic" which I figure is no 18 wheelers, which is probably not a good sign. Looks like a lot of swirchbacks, etc. Any body have any experience pulling their AS thru there? Our TV (Silverado Duramax) is up to the task, but not sure I'm looking forward to a 6 hour white knuckle tour. Would appreciate any feedback. Thanks

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Old 03-29-2012, 07:52 AM   #2
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You can trace every yard of the route on Google Streetview. Not towed up through there but drove it last year; good road but a long way up and a long way down the other side.
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Old 03-29-2012, 08:03 AM   #3
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That road is one of the most spectacular roads I have ever driven on! I'd suggest that you be certain that the TV is up to the task and is not marginal in any way ....
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Old 03-29-2012, 08:28 AM   #4
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It's a pretty drive, not a great adventure. It's 45 MPH, very smooth two lane, climbs to some spectacular vistas only a few of which you will be able to pull the trailer into unless you drive over early in the morning. Your real white knuckle adventure will be in Gatlinburg. Once over Newfound Gap, just gear down and enjoy until you bottom out at Smokemont Campground. If you are planning to continue on the Blue Ridge Parkway, check the Park roads number or the website: they had a couple pieces closed yesterday.
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Old 03-29-2012, 10:22 AM   #5
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Thanks for the responses. I appreciate it. We'll do a little more homework.

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Old 03-29-2012, 10:32 AM   #6
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Have pulled it a couple of times. good road. well paved and maintained. steep, long grades, and some tight curves. No commercial is because it is in a park that does not need extra traffic. Look foward to it instead of fearing it. It is good to check your route in this area of the country. There are some other roads in the TN-NC region in this area that you do want to stay away from.
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Old 03-29-2012, 03:30 PM   #7
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Thanks Bill M, I appreciate the info and the encouragement.
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Smokey mt national park is what the road goes through. If you get a ticket it is probably a federal one. jim
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I don't know - catch another trailer coming up the opposite direction and it could be a close call - one or the other move towards center line and it could be a bit of a scrape - this ain't Nascar - so no rubbing allowed...
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Old 04-03-2012, 06:43 AM   #10
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It is no problem. Last time i was through there it had just reopened after an April snow and that got touchy at one or two spots but normally a nice drive
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Old 04-03-2012, 11:17 AM   #11
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I've driven from Cherokee to Gatlinburg (and vice versa) a number of times without my trailer but I'll be doing the drive this summer with my 25' trailer. I've seen a lot of other RVs on this road - just go slow and use your lower gears to help brake. I've researched the web on this subject and found the following info:

1. The drive is 31 miles or 55 minutes (per mapquest)
2. The steepest grade on the road is 5%
3. The speed limit is mostly 35 mph
4. Their are a quite a few pull offs if you want to take a break or catch the views.

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