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Ela Campground Location & Directions

We are located mid-way between Bryson City and Cherokee on US Highway 19. From US Highway 74, take Exit 69 – Hyatt Creek Road. Turn north and continue approximately 1.75 miles until the road ends at Hwy 19 (Ela
Rd). Turn right and the Campground is one-quarter mile on your right.

 

From Asheville, NC


Take I-40 west to Exit 27 (the Great Smoky Mountains Expressway). Continue West on US 74 past Waynesville, Sylva and Dillsboro to Exit 69 – Hyatt Creek Rd. (first Bryson City exit). Approximately 1 hour.



From Atlanta’s West Side
Take I-75 north to I-575 north, which becomes Georgia route 5. At Blue Ridge, GA, turn left (west) on to Route 60 and travel 1.5 miles to Mineral Bluff, GA. Turn right on to Route “60 Spur” and travel approximately 12 miles to the junction with US 19/74. Turn right (east) and proceed on US 19/74 through Murphy, NC, Andrews, NC and the Nantahala Gorge to Exit 69 – Hyatt Creek Rd. (third Bryson City exit). Approximately 2.5 – 3 hours.



From Atlanta’s East Side
Take I-85 north to I-985, which becomes US 23, which becomes US 23/441.You’ll pass through Clayton, GA, Franklin, NC and Dillsboro, NC. Just past Dillsboro, take US 74 (the Great Smoky Mountains Expressway) west to Exit 69 – Hyatt Creek Rd. (third Bryson City exit).Approximately 2.5 – 3 hours.



From Charlotte
Take I-85 west to US 74. Continue west on US 74 to I-26. Go north on I-26 to I-40. Take I-40 west to Exit 27 (US 74, the Great Smoky Mountains Expressway). Continue West on US 74 past Waynesville, Sylva and Dillsboro to Exit 69 – Hyatt Creek Rd. (first Bryson City exit). Approximately 3 hours.



From Greenville / Spartanburg

From Spartanburg, take I-26 north to I-40. Take I-40 west to Exit 27 (US 74, the Great Smoky Mountains Expressway). Continue West on US 74 past Waynesville, Sylva and Dillsboro to Exit 69 – Hyatt Creek Rd. (first Bryson City exit). Approximately 2 – 2.5 hours.
From Chattanooga


Take I-75 north to US 64 (near Cleveland, TN). Drive east on US 64 (which becomes US 64/74) through Ducktown, TN and the Ocoee River Gorge into North Carolina. At Murphy, NC take US 19/74 east through Andrews, NC and the Nantahala Gorge to Exit 69 – Hyatt Creek Rd. (third Bryson City exit). Approximately 2.5 hours.

From Knoxville, you have a choice of four routes. Driving time depends on route and traffic.

1. Via Interstate 40 - Take I-40 east into North Carolina to exit 27 (US 74, the Great Smoky Mountains Expressway). Continue West on US 74 past Waynesville, Sylva and Dillsboro to Exit 69 – Hyatt Creek Rd. (first Bryson City exit). Approximately 2 hours.



2. Via US 129 – Take US 129 south through Alcoa and Maryville. After crossing into North Carolina, take US 28 south to US 74 (the Great Smoky Mountains Expressway). Continue east on US 74 approximately 10 miles to Exit 69 – Hyatt Creek Rd. (third Bryson City exit). Note: the section of US 129 known as “Deal1s Gap” and “The Tail of The Dragon” is extremely curvy (318 curves in 11 miles). Approximately 2.5 – 3 hours.



3. Via Pigeon Forge and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park – Take I-40 east to exit 407 and proceed south. At Sevierville, TN, take US 441 south through Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Cherokee, NC. At Cherokee, turn right to take US 19 south for 6 miles. The Campground will be on your left. Depending on traffic, the drive can take 2.5 – 4 hours.



4. Via Townsend and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park – Take US 129 south through Alcoa to Maryville. In Maryville, take US 321 east to Townsend, TN. From Townsend, take Little River Road east through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to US 441 (at the Park Visitors Center). Take US 441 south through the park to Cherokee, NC. At Cherokee, turn right to take US 19 south for 5 miles. The Campground will be on your left. Depending on traffic, the drive can take approximately 3 hours.


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AMENITIES
  • Heat & A/C
  • Microwave
  • Half-size refrigerator
  • Cable TV
  • Seating area
  • Covered porch
  • Picnic table
THINGS TO DO
  • Trout fishing
  • Tubing
  • Rafting, kayaking
  • Mountain biking
  • Hiking and waterfalls
  • Shopping
  • Scenic drives
  • Cherokee Indian Reservation
  • Great Smoky Mountains Railroad
  • Special events at the campground
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