By Darryl Payne
Posted on February 10, 2012
Most of last week’s rockslide mess has been cleaned up on I-40, although not far after crossing the border from North Carolina into Tennessee, there is still one westbound lane closed, which could slow things down a bit if you’re traveling to the Smokies.
So if you’re traveling from North Carolina, here are some scenic alternatives if you’re not in a big hurry, are willing to drive a few more miles or maybe just want to try a different route for a change:
You can take the long way around the barn and take I-26 west from Asheville and follow it north to Johnson City, Tennessee, where you’ll get on I-81 and head back south to visit Sevier County, Tennessee. Then you’ll merge with I-40 west, and then it’s easiest just to take Exit 407 and follow Tenn. 66 into Sevierville and beyond.
Take either Exit 20 or Exit 27 off I-40 in North Carolina and follow state roads to Cherokee. From there, get on U.S. 441 and take a scenic drive across the crest of the Smokies and arrive in Gatlinburg, which is also in Sevier County. These are both shorter options as well.
About Darryl Payne
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