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Old 06-24-2015, 03:08 PM   #1
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Anyone familiar with this stretch of road TN/NC/SC?

On our big trip this summer we are heading down and staying a few days at AnchorDown in Tennessee and then on to Pirateland in Myrtle Beach.

I was wondering what anyone could tell me about the stretch through the mountains? Mainly this stretch on I-75->I-40->I-26. How bad is this stretch, bad grade? Curvy? Anything special to be aware of? Just trying to do my due diligence for my trip.

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Old 06-24-2015, 03:38 PM   #2
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You will climb heading east on 40 through the Smokies for sure. There is a 7 mile 8% grade in Ashville that is a treat, but your going down heading east so stay in the slow flashing lane and keep it under 50 at all times. It is a winding snake all the way down. After that is a fairly flat ride to the beach. There is away to go the backdoor from 75 to the Smokies parkway to I40. I was in Cherokee, NC last year and the Smokies Parkway is manageable. NOT MAGGIE VALLEY ROAD.
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Old 06-24-2015, 03:43 PM   #3
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Several 6-7% grades out of Knoxville (up)and coming into SC at Saluda. (down).

I drive them all the time. No problems. I-40 is kinda tight between the end of Tn coming into NC due to hills but they are all good roads.
Some congestion in SC where you leave I-26 and go to I-20.

Beautiful scenic drive.

Lots of nice rest areas every 50 or so miles with camper/truck parking.
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Thanks everyone. So basically, it's Mountains (duh ), but not anything I should be too overly worried about as long as I'm not stupid? Shouldn't be white-knuckling it too much through this stretch.
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When you pass I-40 exit 20 give us a wave off to the right. We will be over there at Pride Resort about 2 miles off the interstate.
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When you pass I-40 exit 20 give us a wave off to the right. We will be over there at Pride Resort about 2 miles off the interstate.
I sure will. I'm heading from North Central Illinois. I'm taking this route down hitting Anchordown. But would there be a better/easier route to go on the way home? Other than returning the way I came, Google gives an option of going pretty much I-74 up to Charleston then to Cincinnati. That route any easier or not?
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I sure will. I'm heading from North Central Illinois. I'm taking this route down hitting Anchordown. But would there be a better/easier route to go on the way home? Other than returning the way I came, Google gives an option of going pretty much I-74 up to Charleston then to Cincinnati. That route any easier or not?
Do you mean Charleston, WV? that would be I-77. It is a good road also. Back to Charlotte, NC follow up thru Virginia.

Not sure if one is better unless the time is less. I have driven both.
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Do you mean Charleston, WV? that would be I-77. It is a good road also. Back to Charlotte, NC follow up thru Virginia.

Not sure if one is better unless the time is less. I have driven both.
Yeah, Charleston WV. The difference according to Google is a few miles and a matter of minutes overall. So that's not an issue.
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Personally I would go back the other way on I-77 just for a scenery change. There is one section just into Virginia where there are some 6% grades up but you won't have a problem. Watch out for fog in that area!

Another idea is to look for another route to Charlotte like Conway to I-95 to I-85 to I-77 at Charlotte. Seems straighter.
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You will love anchor down. Very clean facilities
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