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Old 07-09-2012, 07:51 AM   #1
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Pisgha NF to Charleston to Savannah, to Lookout Mtn GA and more

We took a 19 day trip June 2012 and lucked into wonderful weather!

Here's a google map of our route if you're interested

Louisville, KY 40291 to Louisville, KY 40291 - Google Maps

It's a loop from Louisville KY to the lower east coast and back.

1st. We went to Davidson River camp ground in Pisgah National Forest
That is a very nice camp ground. It has a few sites with electric and many
without. Some are reserve-able. I believe if you arrived on a Sunday
or Monday you would not need them unless you had to have electric.
We had "windows open" good sleeping 4 nites and did not miss the AC.
YMMV. It was not full any night we were there. I call it the Smokies
with less people and traffic. It has plenty of hiking and waterfall opportunities.

We took a day trip to a new park called Gorges state park. If you like
waterfalls and swimming in them, this is a good side trip from Pisgah.
About 35 miles each way I think. Beautiful waterfalls here!!
It's a brand new park under construction. The visitor center and
campground is not complete but the trails are there with new parking lots
and trail head signs.

2nd stop Charleston SC. Mandatory horse carriage tour of old town with
wonderful seafood on the warf afterwards. Thank you Charleston we
had a great visit. Believe it or not we slept with windows open
all 3 nites!

3rd stop Savannah GA. Tybee Island campground. Wonderful!
Tybee island is a great destination all by itself. BRING your bicycles!!
We could ride to the beach and or the ice-cream shop in 5 minutes.
Uncrowded beaches, nice shops for the mandatory souvenir caps or shirts
or what ever. It's an easy half hour drive back into Savannah. We took
an open trolley tour 1st and then walked. This is a wonderful walking town.
Imagine a checker board with all the dark squares tree covered parks.
That's Savannah. We will be back!! Thank you Savannah and we really
want to go back to Tybee Island! Reservations recommended for the
city owned camp ground. IT was a good one!! IT has a nice pool, decent
bath houses and full hookups with cable TV and wi-fi.

3rd stop Cloudland Canyon state park GA. On lookout Mtn. We followed
recommendations from you guys and went to the West rim. We found a
great level site even tho it was late afternoon on a Friday!! It filled up
about dark. In GA state parks you get a reservation for A site not a
specific site so it's first come first served to the open sites. We lucked
into a very nice one. We hiked to the waterfalls and enjoyed the views.
Due to dry weather the falls were smallish but still worth the hike.
The East rim is more open with less trees. I can see it would be a good
side in cool weather but if it's hot go for the West rim! Most sites
are very shaded. It's a nice little quiet park. Again we slept windows
open some nites. It offers electric and water at each site.
It was an easy scenic drive to Lookout mtn. If you've ever seen those
barns in the Eastern US that say SEE ROCK CITY we saw it. Very good
day trip with kids or not. It's worth the $18 per adult tickets.
NOTE-- after visiting Rock City I decided to deviate from my Google map
route when leaving. We opted to take the west route out of
Cloudland park. GA 136 to Trenton where it's an easy on to I59.

4th stop an easy 80 mile drive to Fall Creek Falls state park TN.
Easy! Even tho the route is mostly not interstate it is improved 4 lane.
Much of the drive looked like interstate with less traffic and all hills had
passing lanes and much of it was 4 lane. Very nice drive.
Fall Creek Falls boasts the highest waterfall this side of the Rockies.
It was a nice park. Good kid park with lots of suspension bridges, waterfalls
and bicycle riding in the park. Also a great paved bike path around the lake
and beyond. Finally a wonderful fulll sized pool with 12' deep end and 2
diving boards!! Tree surrounded for plenty of shade if you want it.
Water and electric hookups in the CG. One cell phone hot spot near the
golf course. No TV. We didn't miss it. Days were warmer but we again
slept windows open the first 3 nites. Last day it finally got HOT.
Tennessee parks are a best buy. $25 a night for water and electric and
swimming in the beautiful pool was $2 or something. Wow. Thanks
Tennessee!! This is a popular park! Reservations recommended but not all
sites are reserve-able. If you come on a Sunday or Monday I think you'd be
fine except for holiday weekends. They were likely going to fill up for the
4th due to parades and extra activities.

We had a wonderful trip. Only one person tried to kill us on I75 passing
thru Atlanta. Wow-- 7 lanes of bumper to bumper traffic going 70 mph
with cars weaving and changing lanes like crazy people. One guy came
within inches of clipping my front bumper on a stupid high speed lane
change If I can avoid Atlanta on any next trips I will.
I will at least make sure a pass thru is on a weekend!!

We found cheap gas nearly the entire trip.
The lowest I managed to spend was $2.95 gal. High was right here at home
at $3.39

We book-ended our trip weather wise. Rains quit right before our arrival
in Charleston, and the hot hot didn't hit until our last day at the pool
in Tennessee. Everything in between was nice.
The big terrible winds didn't wreak havoc until long after we were home.
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Old 07-09-2012, 01:04 PM   #2
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It's fun reading about camping adventures. You did a lot of traveling but the trip seems relaxing especially the waterfalls.

I fully understand about feeling like someone almost killing you - same thing happened to me while driving back from Santa Barbara. Scary for sure.

Great post! Lots of information and right on target. Thanks for sharing.

Great choice for "Living within my means" and camping for one...

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Old 07-09-2012, 01:16 PM   #3
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Great writeup Dan.

I agree about Savannah. We've never camped there but have visited. Tybee would be great to camp at.

Also agree about I75 though Atlanta. That is NOT a fun towing experience.

Good to hear you had a nice trip and got the best of the weather!
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