Best routes to take. Some of our area roads, while scenic, are quite curvy and slow-going, particularly US 19, US 129 and US 28. And we have found that mapping services sometimes recommend these older two-lane routes over the newer four-lane expressways. For the fastest and easiest routes, follow the directions on this page.
From East Atlanta, take I-85-N to I-985-N to US-441-N to US-74-W to Exit 67. Three hours.
From West Atlanta, take I-75-N to I-575-N to Blue Ridge, Georgia, then GA-60-W to GA-60-Spur to US-74-E to Exit 67. Three hours.
From Knoxville, take I-40-E to TN-66-S (exit 407) to US-441-S to Cherokee, then US-19-S. Three hours.
From Chattanooga, take I-75-N to US 64-E to Murphy, then US-19 and US-74-E to exit 67. Three hours.
From Asheville, Take I-40-W to US-74-W (exit 27) to Exit 67. One hour.
The Folkestone Inn is two miles north of the Bryson City Railway Depot, near the Deep Creek entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
If you're coming to Bryson City on US 74, be sure to take the second Bryson City exit (No. 67). At the offramp, go north and continue down the hill on VETERANS BLVD. to the traffic light, where you'll turn RIGHT onto MAIN STREET. At the next traffic light, turn LEFT onto EVERETT STREET. Go through town (four blocks). When you cross the RR tracks at the Bryson City train depot, continue on Everett another 100 yards, then bear RIGHT on TOOT HOLLOW ROAD. (There is no street sign for Toot Hollow, but there is a blue "Bed & Brkfst" sign and a smaller green "Folkestone Inn" sign.) Follow this winding road for almost two miles to the Folkestone Inn. You'll have two left turns near the Inn and we have signs at both turns.
|1/4 mile||The Great Smoky Mountains National Park|
|2 miles||Great Smoky Mountains Railway|
|10 miles||Cherokee Indian Reservation|
|12 miles||Harrah's Cherokee Casino|
|12 miles||Tsali Mountain Bike Trails|
|15 miles||Nantahala White Water|
|35 miles||Fontana Dam|
|13 miles||Blue Ridge Parkway|
|65 miles||Biltmore House & Gardens|
|45 miles||Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest|
|67 miles||Cade's Cove|