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Im a big fan on leaving after work and gettin 4-5 hours down the road. I'll pack the day before, and when I get home, change clothes and hit the road.

Also have you found a campsite in Pigeon Forge / Gatlinburg yet?? Many of the campgrounds close after the fall leaf season and the open back up in the spring. Also between Christmas and New Years is a really busy time there. We went the day after Christmas a few years ago, and the area is packed, but we had a great time.


Yeah I was thinking of leaving Friday night. Not sure about that as it will be dark before my husband even gets home from work and I don't know where to stop at 11PM at night. No I haven't found a campsite. That's why I asked here. I'm trying to figure it out and make some reservations.

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Chattanooga you might look at the Camping World for a place to overnight. There are slim choices for RV parks in the area. The drive from Pigeon Forge to Chatt. is roughly 3 hours. I would take 321 out of PF over to Maryville and then 411 down to Ocoee and then 74 over to Cleveland, you can pick up 75 to the Camping World at exit 1. It's close to everything you will want to see. It's not deluxe but will serve the purpose.

There are no "dinner shows" at Dollywood. There are the shows and they have separate restaurants. Look up their website if you haven't yet. The best dinner show in town is Dolly's Stampede, formerly Dixie Stampede. They just opened the Pirate show this past spring too but I have not been to it. I hear it is fun and good entertainment.


Your itinerary sounds very doable. I have to mention too, go see the Hermitage while in Nashville, Thomas Jefferson's home. The museum is very interesting if you enjoy history and the house tour is neat to see. Not much to see on the grounds even though Jefferson's grave is in the garden area. Glad to help with any other questions for this area.

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Shallow Creek RV Park near Gladewater, TX is just north of I-20 Exit 583 on HWY 135. Voted best RV Park in East Texas and is a very nice place


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ken56 wrote:

Chattanooga you might look at the Camping World for a place to overnight. There are slim choices for RV parks in the area. The drive from Pigeon Forge to Chatt. is roughly 3 hours. I would take 321 out of PF over to Maryville and then 411 down to Ocoee and then 74 over to Cleveland, you can pick up 75 to the Camping World at exit 1. It's close to everything you will want to see. It's not deluxe but will serve the purpose.

There are no "dinner shows" at Dollywood. There are the shows and they have separate restaurants. Look up their website if you haven't yet. The best dinner show in town is Dolly's Stampede, formerly Dixie Stampede. They just opened the Pirate show this past spring too but I have not been to it. I hear it is fun and good entertainment.


Your itinerary sounds very doable. I have to mention too, go see the Hermitage while in Nashville, Thomas Jefferson's home. The museum is very interesting if you enjoy history and the house tour is neat to see. Not much to see on the grounds even though Jefferson's grave is in the garden area. Glad to help with any other questions for this area.


Thank you very much for the route information. That is very helpful .I did mean Dixie Stampede and not Dollywood. I think I've been researching so much my brain is fried.

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ken56 wrote:

I have to mention too, go see the Hermitage while in Nashville, Thomas Jefferson's home. The museum is very interesting if you enjoy history and the house tour is neat to see. Not much to see on the grounds even though Jefferson's grave is in the garden area. Glad to help with any other questions for this area.


I, too, would recommend the Hermitage. I did see that Nashville site when I was there on a short visit (not camping). However, to set the record straight, it was Andrew Jackson's home, not Jefferson's. Jackson came a few Presidents after Jefferson. Jefferson's home is in Virginia, Monticello.


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one_strange_texan wrote:

ken56 wrote:

I have to mention too, go see the Hermitage while in Nashville, Thomas Jefferson's home. The museum is very interesting if you enjoy history and the house tour is neat to see. Not much to see on the grounds even though Jefferson's grave is in the garden area. Glad to help with any other questions for this area.


I, too, would recommend the Hermitage. I did see that Nashville site when I was there on a short visit (not camping). However, to set the record straight, it was Andrew Jackson's home, not Jefferson's. Jackson came a few Presidents after Jefferson. Jefferson's home is in Virginia, Monticello.


OMG, you are so very right, my mistake. Old people malady...and I am only 63. Lol, I was just thinking about St. Louis and the arch and it's Gateway to the West museum. That too is worth while to stop and actually read everything although it could take you all day.

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Would you suggest I skip Chattanooga on the way home and instead go back thru Nashville and see the Hermitage? We have taken the kids to see the Arch in St. Louis a few years ago on the way home from Milwaukee. If we went back the exact way we can I might could add a night in Hot Springs. We love it there. Been many times and the kids always ask if we can go back and get the good water.

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The Camping World in Chattanooga is ok but just a sleep stopover. I would go to Hermitage for sure. Good history lesson.


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