Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 08-24-2015, 07:13 PM   #1
Senior Member
 
siskom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2015
Location: Florida
Posts: 120
road trip

I am planning a trip from florida to savanna then on to helen GA for october fest can anyone tell me if there are any steep grades on the way there we have never been out of flat yet 1st trip with the 2014 Georgetown 335 towing a ford edge.
__________________

__________________
siskom is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-24-2015, 07:33 PM   #2
Member
 
GABoy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Posts: 247
Depends on your route. Helen is in GA mountains so some steep grades on certain routes. Some routes have lots of twists and turns or S style curves winding through valleys and passes. Coming from south GA we generally take the route from Cleveland on GA 75. Don't confuse that with regular 75 that turns off hwy 129 NW of Cleveland.


Sent from my iPhone using Forest River Forums
__________________

__________________
2014 Georgetown 351DS
Chevy Colorado Crew
GABoy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-25-2015, 09:19 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2015
Location: Atlanta Area
Posts: 118
Yes, steer clear of Hwy-129. We did by mistake, big mistake... It was very entertaining 😱.....

We found it it's called the dragons tail, know for the switch backs. Very popular amongst motorcyclist except when behind an RV doing 15 mph😧

This goes down as one of those memorable vacations 😀


Mr. G


2015 Forest River Georgetown 351DS
__________________
MrGrmpy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-25-2015, 09:42 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
Iggy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Desert SW - Arizona
Posts: 6,360
Watch this video of a motorcycle riding the route.
https://youtu.be/aElX21A3wQU


Tail of the Dragon at Deals Gap with 318 curves in 11 miles, is America’s number one motorcycle and sports car road.

Designated US 129, the road is bordered by the Great Smoky Mountains and the Cherokee National Forest, with no intersecting roads or driveways to hamper your travel. It is considered “the destination” for thousands of motorcycle and sports car fans throughout the spring, summer, and fall. Can you brave it? It’s best to be cautious as the turns are tight, but the Tail of the Dragon is guaranteed to be the ride of your life!
__________________
2012 Georgetown XL - 378TS 60,000 miles
Life is a journey, not a destination !

Iggy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-31-2015, 03:53 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: Dacula, Georgia
Posts: 1,200
Whaaaatttt?? You do not come anywhere close to Deal's Gap coming from Florida. I have been on that route MANY times, GA 75 out of Cleveland to HELEN....last time was 3 weeks ago. Roads have NO scary twisties and traffic flows 50+ mph in almost every area. Even TIGHTER areas are all 45!
I am a biker and seek out curves. Not any worth mentioning on that route.
I keep my RV home base at R Ranch, Dahlonega, and have spent so many hours on those roads since 1992 I can close my eyes and visualize them!
My 2015 Silverback is 37 ft. NO, I would not travel on Deal's Gap north.
You cannot SAFELY make the curves on that route. MANY BIG TRUCKS bringing goods to GA travel that as a necessity evil. MANY ACCIDENTS. Blind curves and line crossing and BAM!!
You will NOT encounter this coming from Florida to Helen!!
PM me for places to see while in the area!
__________________
SilverbackMel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-31-2015, 04:44 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
DarrenK's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2014
Location: Columbia, SC
Posts: 117
Funny this should come up...My wife and I have a trip to Helen scheduled for 7-9 September. We wanted to avoid the Oktoberfest crowds and just enjoy the quaint, quiet little town. We're taking the motorcycle, a Honda VFR1200. We're also planning a trip to Deal's Gap sometime in the near future, again with the motorcycle.
__________________
DarrenK is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-01-2015, 08:12 AM   #7
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2015
Location: Atlanta Area
Posts: 118
I've never been to Helen but hear it's very nice. Any recommendations on camping grounds..


Mr. G


Mr. G


2015 Forest River Georgetown 351DS
__________________
MrGrmpy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-01-2015, 09:05 AM   #8
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: Dacula, Georgia
Posts: 1,200
N Georgia Mountains

RV PARKS:
* Unicoi State Park in Helen
* Creekwood Resort; 5 miles out
Located in Sautee Nacooche, GA

DO NOT MISS: Brasstown Bald
Highest point in GA. Can see 3 or 4 states from peak on a clear day. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO TAKE YOUR RV UP THERE; period...

Do visit DAHLONEGA, GA. Great small town. Federal Gold Mining Museum.
Site of first eastern US Gold Rush!

Passport America or Coast to Coast can book at our private ranch resort:
Rranchga.com 800 acres of beauty, relaxation and SECURITY, 25 minutes from Helen. Been an owner there 9 years....keep my RV there when not traveling.

DO NOT MISS: Richard Russell Highway ( which is anything but that)
Which crosses the mountain terrain from Helen area towards Blairsville. Soft easy curves; 2 lanes and VIEWS that are breathtaking from the crest.
About 20 miles long. If coming from Helen, Richard Russell intersects (dead ends) where you make a RIGHT to go to Brasstown Bald. A left and 1/4 mile and at the intersection another left ( you can only go left or right) takes you across Blood Mountain which is gorgeous! A starting/ending of the Appachian Trail.
Stop at the all stone store at the top of the crest, cannot miss it. Meet x country hikers with packs. Store itself has unbelieveable amount of gear, books, etc....
I have traveled this area for 25 years and it is ever changing, but, maintains it's Country charm!!
Plan and GO!!
__________________
SilverbackMel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-01-2015, 09:40 AM   #9
(Dry Huunday)
 
DreiHunde's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Eastern North Carolina
Posts: 1,876
Quote:
Originally Posted by SilverbackMel View Post
Whaaaatttt?? You do not come anywhere close to Deal's Gap coming from Florida. I have been on that route MANY times, GA 75 out of Cleveland to HELEN....last time was 3 weeks ago. Roads have NO scary twisties and traffic flows 50+ mph in almost every area. Even TIGHTER areas are all 45!
I am a biker and seek out curves. Not any worth mentioning on that route.
I keep my RV home base at R Ranch, Dahlonega, and have spent so many hours on those roads since 1992 I can close my eyes and visualize them!
My 2015 Silverback is 37 ft. NO, I would not travel on Deal's Gap north.
You cannot SAFELY make the curves on that route. MANY BIG TRUCKS bringing goods to GA travel that as a necessity evil. MANY ACCIDENTS. Blind curves and line crossing and BAM!!
You will NOT encounter this coming from Florida to Helen!!
PM me for places to see while in the area!
I have to agree! You stated that your coming in to Helen from Savannah so the route to Helen won't be bad at all. Hardly any curves or grades from that direction. I've driven that route and it wasn't bad at all.


Helen is an awesome place!
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	2015-09-01_9-34-40.jpg
Views:	38
Size:	104.8 KB
ID:	87495  
__________________

Beau & Sue
FurKid Express
2015 Coachmen Catalina 303RLS
2016 Chevy Silverado LT 2500HD Duramax
The more people I meet, the more I like my dogs!
DreiHunde is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-01-2015, 05:19 PM   #10
Senior Member
 
siskom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2015
Location: Florida
Posts: 120
Helen

It turns out we will be going to Helen to either Unicoi or Creekwood campground but from Lake Hartwell near 85 what do you all think?
__________________

__________________
siskom is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




ForestRiverForums.com is not in any way associated with Forest River, Inc. or its associated RV manufacturing divisions.


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:26 AM.