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Charleston to Gatlinburg drive

driving   /   2 days   /   no pets   /   no RV

Charleston to Gatlinburg road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Charleston to Gatlinburg. If you're planning a road trip to Gatlinburg, you can research locations to stop along the way. Make sure you check road conditions to double check the weather. Traveling with a dog or cat? Find pet-friendly stops. Camping along the way? Search for RV campgrounds. Find the best hotels, restaurants, and attractions based on the most talked about places recommended by Trippy members.

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 Day 1

11:00 am  start in Charleston
drive for about 1 hour

12:13 pm  Orangeburg (South Carolina)
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 1:13 pm
drive for about 50 minutes

2:03 pm  Columbia
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 3:03 pm
drive for about 56 minutes

3:59 pm  Whitmire (South Carolina)
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 3 hours

 Day 2

10:00 am  leave from Whitmire (South Carolina)
drive for about 55 minutes

10:55 am  Spartanburg (South Carolina)
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 11:55 am
drive for about 54 minutes

12:49 pm  Hendersonville (North Carolina)
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 1:49 pm
drive for about 45 minutes

2:34 pm  Lake Junaluska (North Carolina)
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 3:34 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

4:54 pm  arrive in Gatlinburg

day 2 driving ≈ 4 hours

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Where should I stop along the way?

Orangeburg (South Carolina)  (2 answers)
    questions about Orangeburg (South Carolina):
        Orangeburg outdoor activities

Columbia  (18 answers)
    Riverbanks Zoo and Garden  (2 mentions)

Whitmire (South Carolina)

Spartanburg (South Carolina)  (3 answers)
    questions about Spartanburg (South Carolina):
        Best free things to do in Spartanburg?

Hendersonville (North Carolina)  (3 answers)

Lake Junaluska (North Carolina)  (2 answers)


What are some things to do in Gatlinburg?

This section could be endless, so rather than trying to suggest every local activity or attraction, we'll leave it open-ended.

These are some of the places people talk about on Trippy:

Great Smoky Mountains  (2 mentions)

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Do I really have to go back home?

Yes, even this step is optional, because if you're on vacation who wants the trip to end? It's okay, you can start planning your next trip!

Want to plan the trip back? Get the reverse directions for a Gatlinburg to Charleston drive, or go to the main page to plan a new road trip.

Looking for ideas for more destinations within driving distance of Charleston? Try searching for places within 5.5 hours of Charleston.

You can also compare the travel time if you're flying or driving by calculating the distance from Charleston to Gatlinburg. Or get a full Charleston to Gatlinburg flight plan.

Don't forget about exploring your own hometown with a staycation. You can also find some cool day trips or get away for a weekend. Maybe try typing in a faraway location like London, Hong Kong, or Sydney, and get inspired for your dream trip around the world.

And if you know Charleston well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about Charleston!





At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 339 miles
driving time of 5 hours, 32 minutes
138 Charleston travel answers
2 Orangeburg (South Carolina) travel answers
18 Columbia travel answers
3 Spartanburg (South Carolina) travel answers
3 Hendersonville (North Carolina) travel answers
2 Lake Junaluska (North Carolina) travel answers
32 Gatlinburg travel answers





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