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From Highway US 52 (North of Winston-Salem) heading either North or South take Exit 114, Germanton Rd.
At the end of either exit ramp, turn left onto Route 8.
Continue heading toward Germanton for 1/2 of a mile and turn left into the Pinebrook Shopping Center parking lot. This is located next to Cooks Flea Market.
west on 74 to the third Bryson City exit (exit #64) Alarka Rd. Turn left and cross the bridge. Go 2+miles on the curvy road and turn left at the signs that say "Settlers Mountain" and Smokey Mountain Meadows Campground.
From the east (W-S, GSO, RALEIGH): take I-40 west to Hickory and then take 321N to Lenoir. In Lenoir turn Left onto Main Street and go 0.3 miles, then turn right on Old Blowingrock Road/Valway Road NW and go 1.3 miles. Turn Left on Collettsville Road and go 7.9 miles. Then you need to turn Left on Adako Road and go 3.2 miles. There is another turn, right, onto Brown Mountain Road and follow this road to the visitors center, which is on the left.
From the west (Asheville): take I-40 east to exit 103 in Morgantown. Turn Left onto Rutherford road and go 0.1 mile where it becomes Burkmont Ave, travel 0.7 miles. Then turn Left on W Fleming Drive and go 1.1 miles and continue on Sanford Drive about 1.2 miles. Take a left onto N Green Street, going 2.7 miles; continue on NC-181, going 8.7 miles. Next turn right onto Brown Mountain Beach Road, go 4.1 miles where it becomes Adako Road for 1.0 mile. Now turn Left onto Brown Mountain Road and follow this road to the visitors center. Wilson Creek will be on your left.
Generally, from the Wake Forest side of town we give directions going out Hwy 8 (Germanton Road) towards Germanton. Just before you get to Germanton, Hwy 65 will join Hwy 8 (from the left). Just beyond Germanton, Hwy 8 leaves Hwy 65 to the left. Stay on Hwy 65.
Hwy 65 "T"s into Hwy 311 at Walnut Cove. Turn left. This will put you on Hwy 311/65. The road curves slowly to the right. Be watching for Hwy 65 to exit Hwy 311 to the right. Stay on Hwy 65. This will take you up and over railroad tracks. Immediately after you cross the railroad tracks, Hwy 65 turns to the left. Turn left on Hwy 65.
You'll pass a lumber yard. Just a little further, and you'll Martin Luther King Rd to your left. Turn left on to MLK Rd. Follow MLK Rd until it dead ends in Pine Hall Rd. Turn left on Pine Hall Rd.
If you want to take 40/158, take 158 to Stokesdale. Turn left at the light in Stokesdale on to Hwy 65. Take Hwy 65 until you see Pine Hall Road, and turn right on Pine Hall Rd.
BACK TOGETHER AGAIN:
Eventually, you'll pass Belews Steam Plant on your right. A short while later there will be a church on your right. Shortly after the church, you'll find the Pine Hall Access on the right. Pull in. If you head down the parking lot towards the boat ramp, you'll eventually see a path to the right. This path will lead you to the cove where we put in and do most of our work/play.
Take I-40 West to Tennessee. Take the very first exit in Tenn.
At the end of ramp, turn left under I-40, turn left across
Pigeon river, turn left once more to Walters Hydro Plant.
You will see parking area next to the river.
I-40 East Exit 432 to highway
25/70 east. You will go through Newport, Tennessee, continue traveling 25/70
east for about 30 miles to Hot Springs, North Carolina. The Resort-Spa &
Campground are located at the far end of town coming from this direction.
Allow about 3 1/2 hours drive time from Greensboro.
Take I-77 North through VA, into WV. Just before Beckley, take exit #40 for Route 64 East From 64 E, take exit #124 into Beckley. You'll be on Alternate Route 19. Head North and merge with Route 19 North, which takes you into Beckley. Bear right onto Route 41 North. Follow this for a few miles. You'll reach a 3-way intersection where 61 intersects with 41. Make a right and continue on 41.
Follow the long, windy road down to McCreery and the New River. Bearing right, stay on 41 and follow the river upstream. You'll come to a bridge that crosses the river. Immediately before the bridge is an unpaved road on the right, should be a park service sign here. Cross the railroad tracks and head down the unpaved road, continuing upstream.
You'll come to a sign for Grandview Sandbar picnic and campground. Make a left and head down to the river to reach the gravel parking area which is our takeout.
To get to the putin, continue upstream down the first unpaved road. Where it forks, bear right and cross over the bridge. Keep going, past picinic and camping sites, the road will deadend at the parking area which is the putin for this section.
There are nice, free park service campsites at both the putin and takeout. They're first come, first served. I believe both areas have sites you can park at and sites you have to walk in to. The walkin sites are nice though, right on the river.
1. Take Hwy 52 N towards the south end of Mount Airy.
2. Take the Business 52 branch towards the right (there will be a Neighbors gas station on the south bound side of 52). If you make it to a red light, you've gone too far.
3. Follow Business 52 until you see Reeves Community Center. Turn right immediately after Reeves off of Business 52 onto 103.
4. Follow 103 into VA, and eventually to Claudeville.
5. Turn left past the Claudeville Cafe onto 773.
6. After following this road for a while you will notice signs about a hunting area. Keep going.
7. A little while later, you'll see a street sign for Kibler Valley or something like that. I believe this is the third (although it might be second) paved road on the right. Turn right here.
8. Follow the road. Eventually it turns into gravel, and then finally dead ends at the power plant.
TRR Picnic at Albert's place: We will be at Albert's place which is in the sharpest left bend in the road across the wooden one lane bridge. Plans are to be there at 11 am to set up and then start shuttles.
From Winston or GSO, take 40 to Asheville, 240 around
the north side of town, and then 19/23 to Erwin. Take the first Erwin exit
(there'll be a Holiday Inn Select). Make the first right (as if you were
going to the Holiday Inn). Continue on this road until you see a left
(it's the first one I believe) turn that will take you Chestoa Park. There
are brown park signs at the corner.
From rte 40, take 19/74 west near Clyde (exit 27). Follow 74 to Bryson City. Don't take 19, it goes through Cherokee, which takes forever, esp. during the day. 19 and 74 merge somewhere around Bryson City. Continue past Bryson City, past the Alarka Rd exit. The road narrows down to 1 lane each way and starts getting twisty. You will pass Kim's Coffe House on your right, may still be some cars in front if a band is still playing. USA Raft is just past this on the right, there's a big sign.
To get to the Nantahala putin:
Keep going past USA Raft, past the Nantahala Outdoor Center. Continue for about 7-8 miles or so. You'll pass Rocky Waters campground on your left, and then a roadside pull off/ overlook for Patton's Run on your left. Take your next left turn, and make an immediate left into the Nantahala private boater parking lot.