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How is Route 441 in northern Georgia?

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Hi,

We are driving down to Atlanta area in a couple of weeks from CT. We are debating whether to go through Asheville NC, and then take Rt 23 through Nantahala National Forest to Rt 441 in Georgia.

I was wondering what kind of road is 441. Is the speed limit at least 55mph in most areas? Are there a lot of traffic lights? Is it worth going off interstate to take this route? According to Google maps, going this route only adds 15 minutes to our trip, but it is hard for me to judge if these are 4 lane highways. Will be willing to add a little time to the trip if route 441 is scenic and an interesting drive. I see Tallulah Falls is along the route, is that worth a stop?

Any info would be greatly appreciated!

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    It's a great route and I much prefer it to the SC route. It's mostly 4 lane all the way and has limited lights. I'll recap the route coming from Atlanta heading north.

    From Atlanta, you take 85N and then 985 which becomes 365 which becomes 441 north. The first portion is expressway. The last hour drive between Gainesville and the Clayton area has a couple of lights in between. Tallulah Falls is definitely worth a stop. There's a nice trail that skirts the rim of the gorge. Gorgeous views. Detour a block west to the little town of Clayton for some good restaurant options and some cute shops. My favorite is Butler's II if you want to browse for unique items - and stop at Butler's antiques if you want fine antiques. Stop at Reeves Hardware on the corner and wander a warren of sections that carry everything from fishing equipment, Columbia clothing (upstairs), hardware, fine china, and fine furniture in a store that covers almost a block.

    Stop at Black Rock Mountain State Park a few miles north of Clayton for amazing views in the highest state park. It's closed through March though - John Travolta and Robert De Niro just completed the filming of an action-adventure movie there. JT was sighted all over town (Clayton) incuding joining up for spinning classes.

    North of Clayton there's a red light in Dillard. If you are really hungry, plan to eat at the famous Dillard House. Then it's 4 lane up the way to Franklin. There's a red light in Franklin and then you hop on the expressway that takes you to Asheville via Sylva.

    I've driven the route many many times for work and business and the 441 route is a very enjoyable drive with some good options to stop to eat, shop and/or just stretch your legs all along the way.

    Between the gorge and Clayton there are three lakes to the west - Rabun, Seed and Burton. Jennifer Aniston's movie Wanderlust is about to be released. She lived on Lake Rabun for about six weeks and they filmed on the west side of the lakes. I just heard her talk in an interview about how much she enjoyed living in the area.

    441 is a fairly quick option with few stops - unless you want to make more. If you want a slower option, the drive from the lake area heading south to Atlanta offers some very picturesque options, but that's a much slower route than 441. It can include driving past Ted Turner's spread near Batesville and the Mark of the Potter on 197S is a "must" stop if you take that route. I've traveled most of the US and that corner of the state really is some of the prettiest scenery you will see anywhere.

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