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Pairing road trip with overnighters... any ideas?
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Zachary Crane
(zcrane) - F

Locale: Midwest, USA
Pairing road trip with overnighters... any ideas? on 04/20/2011 14:18:46 MDT Print View

Note: Please move this thread if I've chosen the incorrect forum. I wasn't 100% sure where this belonged.

I'm toying with the idea of planning a road trip from Iowa to Florida in the coming weeks. Specific stops in between are Kansas City, MO and Knoxville, TN. The approximate route (as generated by Google Maps) is as follows:


Does anyone know of some good 1-3 night trips I can match up with my road trip route? I'm thinking things will be pretty limited until I get closer to TN, but I don't know much about any of the area being covered.

Any and all help is appreciated! Thanks in advance.

Edited by zcrane on 04/20/2011 14:21:18 MDT.

Chris Morgan
(ChrisMorgan) - F

Locale: Southern Oregon
Re: Pairing road trip with overnighters... any ideas? on 04/20/2011 14:27:53 MDT Print View

In order of relative interesting-ness:

1. Big South Fork in eastern TN
2. Garden of the Gods in southern IL
3. Land of the Lakes in SW Kentucky

What say you ATL?

Travis Davis
(rockytop) - F
Knoxville on 04/20/2011 18:47:50 MDT Print View

Big South Fork is pretty cool, but if you're gonna be in Knoxville and you've never been to the Smokies, then you have to do that. There's plenty of great overnights you could do there. If you want company at night, leave your tent in your car and book a reservation at one of the shelters on the AT (going out of Cades Cove or Newfound Gap is pretty logistically simple). If you want to see less people, do something in the Cataloochee area of the park. There's plenty of trails all over and it's pretty easy to link them together in loops. Near Atlanta, check out Amicalola Falls.

Also, if you've never spent much time in the south and you have time, you should head to Savannah from Macon in Georgia then down to Jacksonville. That's a very very cool area. And you can check out St. Augustine near Jacksonville if you want.

Edited by rockytop on 04/20/2011 18:50:19 MDT.