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Old 05-10-2014, 05:13 PM   #11
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I live in West Georgia and spend two to three times a year in N. Georgia and western N.C. The route you mentioned ( I-85 / I-985 / US23 ) is the route we take, albeit Atlanta can be a hassle. I use my GPS, traffic, to warn me of traffic jams and decide whether to take I-85 through Atlanta or I-285; keeping in mind that one minute there in no traffic problem and the next minute there is. Traffic is especially bad on Friday afternoons. If you go through Franklin NC, there's a pretty good grade starting north on town. I know I'm on it with my Duramax and 9,000+ load.
I've never stayed in a camp ground along I 75 so I can't recommend one.

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Old 05-17-2014, 09:30 PM   #12
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This is the way from Florida to Sylva, NC:
Up I-75 to Stockbridge, GA where you take a right fork onto I-675.
Take a right onto I-285 East--the circle bypass around the eastern side of Atlanta.
Take a right onto I-85 North (in the northwestern part of Atlanta)
Take the left fork onto I-985 taking you out to Gainesville, GA.
Keep going straight and the road turns into a great 4 lane--Route 23/365.
Follow the road all the way to Franklin, NC where you'll have to make a right turn.
You'll pop over a small mountain and come down into a town called Dillsboro, NC. Just past Dillsboro, turn right onto U.S 19/74, and Sylva will be a couple of miles--the first town you come to.

By taking this route, you only have 6 miles of 2 lane roads just before you get to Clayton, GA. It's mostly interstate quality roads all the way.

My RV stays in the NE GA Mountains, and I know the area intimately.

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Old 05-19-2014, 08:05 PM   #13
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Thanks everyone for the info. I have decided on the I-85 route out of Atlanta. We found a campground to overnight on I-85 in the Norcross area (Jones RV Resort). I have dealt with GA I-75 / Atlanta holiday traffic a few times before. I know it can be fairly smooth, or complete hell. We plan on an early start from home and hope to be to the south side of Atlanta by lunch time. I think this will allow us enough time for traffic issues. If we get in early, great, more time to relax. If we get stuck in traffic, we still have a good chance of getting in before it gets too late.
Thanks again everyone.

Chuck Roder & Family
'07 Surveyor SV-235RS & '03 Chevy TrailBlazer EXT LT V8
High Springs, FL.
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