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Easiest drive from Chattanooga to Murphy NC

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Easiest drive from Chattanooga to Murphy NC

Last time I cut through Cleveland around the river and it tired me out driving alone through all those in daytime traffic.

I looked at going N to Knoxville but cutting over that way but wondered if anyone had any ideas if going through Ellijay would be fewer mountains and easier drive.

Thanks!!!

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1. Re: Easiest drive from Chattanooga to Murphy NC

PS:

We just drive this route 2 weeks ago. This time of year, it is OK. Not a lot of traffic.

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2. Re: Easiest drive from Chattanooga to Murphy NC

We have a place on 64 near Ducktown so i can sympathize with why you don't want to go thru the gorge. The Ellijay is better as far as not having as many sharp curves but it is about 15 miles longer.

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3. Re: Easiest drive from Chattanooga to Murphy NC

I was thru the gorge on the weekend past. One of the most beautiful places to drive through that there is while not being in a national park. There was no traffic to speak of and only a few eagar river-runners were rafting or kayaking while some took in a beautiful weekend.

Unless you are are a flatlander with no experience driving mountain roads, then the best route without question is Hwy 64 through the Ocoee Gorge. It is a four lane into Ocoee and then a four lane to Murphy once you pass through the Gorge. For flatlanders, even the Ellijay route could be troubling as there is no flat and straight drive from Chattanooga to Murphy.

Stop at the Olympic Whitewater Center if you have not stopped before. Enjoy a picnic lunch, day camp, play in the Ocoee River or merely drive through on to your destination. Any way you get the shortest distance and a beautiful drive.

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