If you are flying here from out of state, the Asheville Regional Airport is your closest option (approximately 40 minutes from the start line). Greenville/Spartanburg International is about 1 1/2 hours from the start; Charlotte International is about 2 hrs 15 min from the start.
The 206 mile race starts at Pink Beds Picnic Area is approximately 25 minutes from Brevard, NC. The 140 mile race starts at the Jackson County Recreation Center about 35 minutes from Waynesville, NC. Please plan accordingly.
You will be able to rent passenger vans out of Asheville. We recommend booking early for the best selection.
WHERE TO STAY
Many teams opt to stay in Brevard on Thursday night and drive out to the start in the morning. Some teams opt to camp at Davidson Campground, which is just outside of Brevard on the way to Pink Beds Picnic Area.
After the race, many teams spend the night in Bryson City before driving home the next day.
If your team wants hotel rooms for a hot shower and some sleep, Franklin is a good bet. The town is located about 15 minutes from Exchange 18. You’ll find inexpensive hotels and plenty of food options. Many teams opt to have Van #2 check-in after finishing leg 12, and then have Van #1 take over the rooms after the exchange at #18. The drive to Ex #24 is approximately 45 minutes from Franklin.
**Van 2 we suggest you not sleep immediately at exchange 24. If you can stay alert on the road, go to either Cowee School or Tellico Christian camp to sleep.
Cowee School You may sleep inside the gym at Cowee School. Wake up before your next set of legs and enjoy hot breakfast. Or catch a few zzzz’s after finishing your breakfast and before heading to the finish.
Tellico Christian Camp While van 1 is running legs 24-30, van 2 can sleep and take showers at the Tellico Christian Camp. The runner from van 1 will run through this area while running leg 28 and can alert you to go to exchange 30 to start van 2’s legs.
Bryson City is located about 20 minutes from the finish at the Nantahala Outdoor Center. You’ll find hotel options there. Ten minutes up the road from Bryson City is Cherokee, where you can stay at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort. You’ll be about 30 minutes from the entrance of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park if you stay in Bryson City, a wonderful place to visit after your Smoky Mountain Relay adventure.
Ex 12 – Jackson County Recreation Center
A food truck will be on site. Showers are available for $5. Limited hot water.
Ex 30 – Cowee School
A full pancake fundraiser breakfast, hot coffee and an indoor sleep area are available at this exchange. We highly encourage you to eat the pancake breakfast; it is fantastic, and you’ll be supporting the school!
Showers are also available at the finish at the NOC. They are quarter operated. You will need to bring a towel and toiletries.