Great Smokey Mountain Expressway


Rain, rain go away, come again some other day (when we are not here!!!)

Yes, we left Scottsboro, AL, with only drizzle and moved east into the Appalachians, Smokey Mountain Range. Travel through much of the Tennessee area was with heavy skies but no rain until after Cleveland.  As we entered the scenic Great Smokey Mountain Expressway it began to rain, sometimes just drizzle and some heavy showers. Even so the trip was outstanding!

 As we entered North Carolina the rain began to let up and we found a great campground in Murphy, NC. I understand that some of the spots are for sell, so if you are interested in buying a well maintained RV spot, this might be the place for you. (River’s Edge RV). We chose a spot that backs up to the Nottley River, which flows into the Ocoee nearby. We decided to stay a couple of nights to explore the area a bit, hopefully when it was not raining.



 Saturday dawned cloudy with heavy clouds still covering the sky. We drove back down along yesterday’s route, it was still raining. The road winds through a canyon and runs right next to the fast moving Ocoee River. What a breathtaking drive, on each side are shear granite walls, with here and there a waterfall tumbling down. In a couple of places are TVA (Tennessee Valley Authority) power plants, but they don’t spoil the view. This area is well known for river rafting and kayaking. Even in the rain we saw hundreds running the rapids down the river. We enjoyed exploring the area and found a pull off to watch the rafters float by while we ate lunch.

Rafters on the river

When things finally dry out, we have a couple of minor repairs to do on Pilgrim, I guess she’s showing her age. We had to replace a couple of fuses for the slides, no problem, once we remembered where they are. Brady probably needs to lubricate the slide. In the rain we found that the bathroom skylight has a small crack and is leaking, so that will have to be duck taped until we can replace the cover.


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One Response to Great Smokey Mountain Expressway

  1. Kim H. says:

    Love the photos and descriptions! Thanks for sharing!