[at-l] Smokies sobo Dec 09 or Jan 08

Hank & Renee Swicegood hankrenee at charter.net
Tue Dec 8 14:16:30 CST 2009

First, the AT goes under I-40 at Waterville Rd - Exit 451. 

Second, David this news store explains why the route from NC is so 
FUBARed right now:

Third:  To drive from Fontana to Davenport Gap on the TN side:  Go NC 28 
toward Atlanta to US 129 toward Maryville to Foothills Parkway to US 321 
toward Maryville to US 411 toward Sevierville to TN 238 to TN 66 toward 
I-40 toward Asheville.  DOT will force you to exit at Waterville Road - 
exit 451.  To get to Standing Bear, turn left and go under the 
interstate to a gravel road - Standing Bear is about .75 miles out this 

The above route is mostly on two-lane state highways.  A longer, but 
faster route:  NC 28 to US 129 to Highway 411 / 129 to Highway 129 
)toward airport and Knoxville) to I-40 ( not I-140 !!! ) to exit 451

No matter which way you go, you have to drive about 30 miles of curvy 
mountain road from Fontana.  Motorcyclists call this stretch The 
Hellbender 28 and The Tail of the Dragon.  Google those for descriptions.

Hope this helps.

Renee (She-Dino of the Frolicking Dinosaurs)

David Addleton wrote:
> I don't know much about the roads on the Tenn side of the GSMNP. I'm
> just curious about the ratiionale for driving up the Tenn side at all
> given that weather comes generally from the west and NC has mostly 4
> lane divided hiway nobo to I40
> On 12/7/09, Frank Looper <nightwalker.at at gmail.com> wrote:
>> If you have a GPS and put Hot Springs in as a waypoint in your
>> journey, you bypass a lot of the mess. At least if you're coming from
>> the South.
>> On Mon, Dec 7, 2009 at 9:54 PM, Tom McGinnis <sloetoe at yahoo.com> wrote:
>>> Davenport Gap is Exit 457, Hartford is Exit 451, so "all kinds of
>>> problems" describes things pretty well. OR, you could begin your hike with
>>> a 6 mile road walk, leaving your car at the new(ish) pub at the rafting
>>> place at 451. FINE beers and burghers. And right in the shadow of
>>> Camererererer.

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