LTRVD Episode 31 – Fall Foliage Road Trip Recap


In this episode I recap my recent fall foliage road trip, lessons learned, and tips on all the places I visited.


Ellijay Georgia

I recorded last episode from the Plum Nelly Campground, just south of Ellijay Florida. It is also conveniently located, near the very touristy town of Blue Ridge, and many wineries, waterfalls and the Chattahoochee National Forest.

Fall Branch Falls

Here I also met fellow bloggers and YouTubers Robert and Jessica of Exploring The Local Life. Here’s a link to their YouTube channel as well.

In Ellijay I ate at River Street Tavern and Lee’s on River Street

From here I wanted to continue north because the whole point of this road trip was to witness the turning of the leaves. This year however, according to my brother in law, the trees were confused. He said that is was cold and the hot again. According to the map I had consulted it was supposed to be almost peaking at this time of the year but it was green everywhere except for a yellowish hue in some of the trees. I decided to go further north and higher in elevation, and the best choice from here was the Blue Ridge Parkway or the Smoky Mountains.Panic starting setting in, as all the campgrounds and seemed to be booked for the weekend. The first place that responded positively was called Almond Boat and RV Park on Fontana Lake, near Bryson City, North Carolina, so off I went. The park was nothing to write home about but it worked out fine as a gateway to the places where I wanted to go.

Fall Foliage, Finally

The day I arrived I drove for a couple of hours on the Blue Ridge Parkway, from Cherokee to Just Before Mount Pisgah, and I saw some patchy red and golds but not too many.

Fall Foliage

I spent the next day driving around on the Road to Nowhere, the Tail of the Dragon, the Foothills Parkway, and I wanted to see Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg but the traffic was too bad. I took US 441 across the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The view from Newfound Gap was amazing.

Newfound Gap. Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Back in Georgia

The next day I decided to begin the journey south. Passed by the Georgia Guidestones, Stayed at Watson Mill State Park. Then onto Fernandina Beach, where I stayed at Fort Clinch State Park.

Eventually, I made it back to Miami in one piece with a suitcase full of memories.

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Main camera: Sony FDR-AX33 
Action camera: Sony FDR X3000 
Additional action camera: GoPro Hero 3 White Edition 
Field Audio Recorder: Zoom H1 
Drone: DJI Mavic Pro


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Fit System 3891 Deluxe Universal Clip-on Trailer Towing Mirror 
Fantastic Vent 
Renogy 100 Watts 12 Volts Monocrystalline Solar Starter Kit Champion Power Equipment 75537i 3100 Watt RV Ready Portable Inverter Generator with Wireless Remote Start 


Weber 51010001 Q1200 Liquid Propane Grill, Black 
Weber 6557 Q Portable Cart for Grilling 
Coleman Outdoor Compact Table 
Coleman 333264 Propane Fuel Pressurized Cylinder, 16.4 Oz 
Quik Chair Folding Quad Mesh Camp Chair – Blue 
Camco Mfg Inc 44543 Large Stabilizer Jack Pad with Handle, 2 Pack 
Bulls Eye Level RV Appliance and Game Table Leveler Motorhome Level (Mini Level)
Tri-Lynx 00015 Lynx Levelers, (Pack of 10) by Tri-Lynx
Camco 39755 RhinoFLEX 6-in-1 Sewer Cleanout Plug Wrench
Cartman 14″ Cross Wrench, Lug Wrench
Rubbermaid Cooler, 10 qt., Red (FG2A1104MODRD) 
Trailer Aid Tandem Tire Changing Ramp 
Camco 40043 TastePURE Water Filter with Flexible Hose Protector 
Progressive Industries EMS-PT30C Portable EMS RV Surge Protector – 30 Amp



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