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Raleigh to Gatlinburg drive in an RV

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RV campgrounds from Raleigh to Gatlinburg

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Here's a sample itinerary for a camping drive from Raleigh to Gatlinburg in your RV. 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. Find the best RV parks, campgrounds, hotels, restaurants, and attractions based on the most talked about places recommended by Trippy members and AllStays. Scroll down to see all the RV campgrounds along the way.

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 Day 1

11:00 am  start in Raleigh
drive for about 1.5 hours

12:17 pm  Greensboro
eat at Baja Fresh Mexican Grill
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 1:17 pm
drive for about 1 hour

2:31 pm  Mooresville
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 3:31 pm
drive for about 51 minutes

4:22 pm  Hickory (North Carolina)
stay overnight at The Inn At Hickory
leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 3.5 hours
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 Day 2

10:00 am  leave from The Inn At Hickory
drive for about 45 minutes

10:45 am  Blue Ridge Mountains
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 11:45 am
drive for about 59 minutes

12:44 pm  Asheville
eat at Posana Cafe
stay for about 2 hours
and leave at 2:44 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

4:21 pm  arrive in Gatlinburg
stay at River Terrace Resort & Convention Center

day 2 driving ≈ 3.5 hours
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What are RV campgrounds along the way?

Greensboro  (7 answers)
    Greensboro KOA  (1 mention)
    restaurants around Greensboro:
        Baja Fresh Mexican Grill
        Gibb's Hundred Brewing
    questions about Greensboro:
        Fun, family friendly activies for the holidays in Greensboro, NC?

Mooresville  (2 answers)
    Lake Norman State Park  (1 mention)
    restaurants around Mooresville:
        Fuel Pizza

Hickory (North Carolina)
    Indian Springs Campground  (1 mention)
    hotels around Hickory (North Carolina):
        The Inn At Hickory
        Jameson Inn Hickory
        Red Roof Inn Hickory
        Sleep Inn Hickory
        Crowne Plaza Hickory I-40
        Holiday Inn Express Hickory - Hickory Mart
        La Quinta Inn & Suites Hickory

Blue Ridge Mountains  (3 mentions)
    Long Arm Boat-In Area 1 - Lake James State Park  (1 mention)
    Rose Creek Family Campground  (1 mention)
    Paddys Creek Drive In Tent - Lake James State Park  (1 mention)
    Long Arm Boat-In Area 2 - Lake James State Park  (1 mention)
    Long Arm Boat-In Area 3 - Lake James State Park  (1 mention)
    Steele Creek Park  (1 mention)
    Catawba River - Lake James State Park  (1 mention)
    Bear Den Mountain Resort and Campground  (1 mention)

Asheville  (83 answers)
    Wilsons Riverfront RV Park  (1 mention)
    Asheville Bear Creek RV Park  (1 mention)
    Campfire Lodgings  (1 mention)
    French Broad River Campground  (1 mention)
    Mama Gerties Hideaway Campground  (1 mention)
    restaurants around Asheville:
        Posana Cafe
        Over Easy Cafe
        The Southern Kitchen and Bar
        Mellow Mushroom
        Mayfel's Restaurant
        City Bakery and Cafe
    questions about Asheville:
        Short weekend in Asheville
        Dining and lodging on a budget?
        Bachelorette Party
        Where to stay and what to do in Asheville N. Carolina?
        Things to do and places to eat/drink during girls weekend?

Where's the best place to stay in Gatlinburg?

Are you going straight to a hotel, or looking for a vacation rental or Airbnb?

The best resource on neighborhoods, areas, and hotels is the Trippy page on where to stay in Gatlinburg.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out River Terrace Resort & Convention Center.

Here are some more hotels people talk about:

Smoky Mountain Cabins  (1 mention)
Quality Inn & Suites  (1 mention)
Brookside Resort  (1 mention)

Want to research more popular hotels in Gatlinburg? Click the blue button below.

Where's the best place to eat in Gatlinburg?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

GoPetFriendly suggests Humdingers Frozen Yogurt.

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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 AllStays:

Twin Creek RV Resort  (1 mention)
Riveredge RV Park  (1 mention)
Camp Riverslanding  (1 mention)

Of course, Trippy is the perfect place to ask questions because there's an entire community of travelers talking to each other and sharing tips and advice. Trippy is where you can get answers personalized for your tastes, budgets, trip dates & more!

Click the button below to explore more questions and answers related to Gatlinburg.

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 Raleigh drive in an RV, or go to the main page to plan a new road trip.

Looking for ideas for more destinations within driving distance of Raleigh? Try searching for places within 5 hours of Raleigh.

You can also compare the travel time if you're flying or driving by calculating the distance from Raleigh to Gatlinburg. Or get a full Raleigh 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 Raleigh well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about Raleigh!

At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 330 miles
driving time of 5 hours, 17 minutes
19 Raleigh travel answers
7 Greensboro travel answers
2 Mooresville travel answers
1 Hickory (North Carolina) travel answer
83 Asheville travel answers
32 Gatlinburg travel answers


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