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Old July 15, 2007, 12:24 PM   #1
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Directions to Mountain Loft

We will be coming in from Nashville direction on I-40. What's the best way to escape the traffic on Friday afternoon to get to Mountain Loft? Here's what I'm thinking of doing......I-40 to Hwy. 129 to Maryville to Townsend. Wears Valley Road to Pigeon Forge...straight thru at the traffic light at the parkway and back to Teaster Lane to Dollywood Lane and then back to Birds Creek and then what?

Or, when I get to Townsend, should I just continue and go thru the Park and come into Gatlinburg that way?

Or, should I keep on past exit 407 and take which exit down to Mountain Loft?
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Old July 15, 2007, 02:49 PM   #2
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For speed, I'd come in thru Cosby.

For beauty, I'd come in thru the park from Townsend to Gatlinberg.

But for getting to the resort and setting up, I'd choose speed and come in thru Cosby.
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Old July 15, 2007, 03:34 PM   #3
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wiseone, which exit # is that and how do I get to Mountainloft if I come thru Cosby?
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Old July 15, 2007, 06:34 PM   #4
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We are locals and go Chapman Hwy from Knoxville. I can never recall the number of the highway, but just stay on I-40 through Knoxville instead of taking the bypass and follow the signs to the Smokey Mtns. Once you get on Chapman Hwy it's a straight shot all the way to Sevierville. Gas is usually cheaper out that way too, so fill up before you get to the resort area. We usually stop at Krogers unless we're running real low, then Pilot will do.

There are several traffic lights and the traffic would be heavy there too right after 5PM, but the distance is a little shorter than the interstate way, so you definitely save time when traffic is heavy.

Fridays and Saturday morning going toward Pigeon Forge and Sunday afternoons coming out, we usually go that way. We didn't today and regretted it. Nothing looked crowded in town, but several miles back the traffic stopped and it was painful to make it to the interstate.

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Old July 20, 2007, 12:19 AM   #5
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I think, the exit for Cosby and US 321 is 435.


The Chapman Hwy is US 411, but that would not bypass Pigeon Forge.

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I think, the exit for Cosby and US 321 is 435.


The Chapman Hwy is US 411, but that would not bypass Pigeon Forge.

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I think going all the way to Cosby if you're coming from the west would be a long way out of the way. I've never gone that way, though, so can't really comment on the drive.

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Old July 20, 2007, 09:33 AM   #7
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We are coming from Chattanooga. I think I will take 140 and try to miss the Knoxville traffic. Then take 411/441 to Sevierville and try making my way to Pittman Center Rd (Hwy 416) , then use Glades Road to cut over to 321.

Will let y'all know how it turns out.....
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Old July 20, 2007, 09:42 AM   #8
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Be aware that traffic is MUCH better going through Knoxville now than it was a year or so ago. The interstates out west are finally finished (for now). They are starting some construction downtown which leads to some delays there, but nothing horrible like it used to be. Just avoid the peakest of times and you'll be fine.

The route you mention will be scenic but slow. If you're trying to make time at all, it's not a good choice.

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We should be passing thru Knoxville about 2 pm........If I take Chapman Hwy, then how should I go to get to Mountain Loft.....I really don't want to do the Parkway in Pigeon Forge.
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Old July 20, 2007, 04:18 PM   #10
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I think going through Knoxville at 2PM and into Pigeon Forge at 2:30 - 3P, the Parkway through Pigeon Forge will probably be fine unless there's a big car show or something going on. Maybe a little slow, but not worth going a lot out of the way. Three hours later it will be a lot worse. Possibly even better if you could come a couple of hours earlier.

I don't know where Mountain Loft is, but one way to bypass much of the Pigeon Forge traffic is to take the new Veterans Blvd past Dollywood until that road runs into the Parkway. You're on the Gatlinburg end of it and have bypassed most of the traffic. You just bypass the Sevierville right turn to the Parkway and go a few traffic lights down. Veterans Blvd is on the right and well marked. It's just past the Taco Bell.

What date are you coming in? UT football traffic also can come into play if they're playing a driving location. A lot of people stay in the Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge area if the team is from Alabama or somewhere close. And all bets are off end of October. Those pesky leaf peepers really mess up the traffic. I avoid the area completely then.

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