Smokies Trip - Route Overview

States We'll Visit
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South Carolina

North Carolina


On this trip we'll travel up to and wander around the Smoky Mountains for a few days. The pink line shows the route.

On the map most of the route has a small green dotted line running beside it indicating a, "Scenic Route." And that's what this trip is all about.

The trip begins with a side trip from Aiken, SC to Anderson, SC to help a friend move to college. This trip will officially begin after the move is finished.

We'll take US Route 178 north from Anderson. 178 crosses into North Carolina and intersects with US Route 64 (not Interstate 64) where we'll turn left.

Route 64 goes west through Quebec (no, not THAT Quebec :) past Lake Toxaway, through Sapphire, Cashiers and Highlands. At Highlands, Route 64 turns northwest.

We'll take 64 northwest to Franklin, NC and then get on secondary Road 1310 which meanders northwest through the mountains going through the towns of Aquone and Kyle. I've been told Road 1310 is beautiful this time of year. 1310 dead ends into US Route 74 Nantahala, NC.
We'll turn left on Route 74 and drive a few miles southwest to Topton where we'll get on US Route 129.

We'll take 129 northwest through Robbinsville, past Santeetlah Lake to Tapoco. We'll turn east and get on Hwy 28 which runs through Fontana Village, Stecoah and Almond where we'll turn northeast and get on US Route 74 again. 74 runs through Lauda and Bryson City.

In a few miles at Whittier, we'll turn left where 74 intersects with US Route 441. 441 is the main drag through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. We'll take 441 north through the Cherokee Indian Reservation and then enter the park. As we travel through the park we'll cross into Tennessee. We'll exit the park on the north side at Gattlinburg, TN. There we'll get on US Route 321 which runs northeast.
321 runs through Pittman and Cosby. At Cosby we'll get off 321 and on Hwy 339. 339 is a shortcut (6 miles according to the map) to Interstate 40. We're taking 339 because on the map it says, "Closed from Nov to April," so it should be interesting :)

We'll get on I40 for a few miles. We'll cross back into North Carolina and get off at exit 20 onto US Route 276. We'll take 276 south to Waynesville.

We'll stay on 276 out of Waynesville. It passes through Woodrow, Cruso, crosses the Blue Ridge Parkway and goes through Brevard.
South of Brevard, 276 goes through Cedar Mountain, crosses into South Carolina and joins Hwy 11. We'll take 11 east until it intersects with US Route 25. We'll take 25 south back to Aiken.

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