As mentioned in our previous post, we had planned to stay at Tremont RV Resort until the morning of the 11th, but due to the weather we decided to leave early and bank our two additional nights to be used sometime before May 9th, 2015.
Our destination, Fort Chiswell RV Park near Wytheville, VA, was just an overnight stop on our way back towards New England. Our 227 mile drive would be pretty straightforward.
We took TN-73 to US-321W (E. Lamar Alexander Parkway), eventually picking up I-81. Note that we could have taken US-321E (Wears Valley Road) and shortened our trip by about 20 miles, but we drove that road in our van on the way back from Gatlinburg one day and transited a couple of 180 degree switchbacks that we deemed a little too tight for our rig. While the miles were slightly longer, the total trip time was equal or better the way shown in the map below.
With the forecast of rain on the horizon the skies were very overcast but it was still a pretty drive out of the park. A little north of Maryville, we passed through the town of Alcoa, the site of a large aluminum smelting plant owned and operated by the Alcoa corporation. The rest of the drive was uneventful.
Fort Chiswell RV Park is conveniently located between I-77 and I-81 near Wytheville, VA so it is a good overnight stop. The rate for our pull thru site was $33.50 per night plus $3.09 tax and a 10% Good Sam discount ($3.50) so our total was $33.09.
Wouldn’t you know just as we were walking to the office to check in, the heavens opened up – it was a torrential downpour. In the office we were assigned pull thru site #9. After getting drenched running back to the coach, we made our way to our site. Poor Rob got further soaked doing the hookups.
With 92 full hookup sites, Fort Chiswell is big rig friendly with pull thrus (25′ x 60′) and back in sites (also 25′ x 60′), free wifi and cable, a swimming pool (closed this time of year), dump station, bath house, game room, and playground. Roads are paved, sites were pressed gravel. Great place to overnight but probably not a destination park unless you have interests in the area.
Since we arrived in the rain and it continued to rain all night, we didn’t get to see much of the park although in the morning it had stopped raining so Rob was able to take a few photos of our site.
The next morning we packed up early and headed for our next destination, stay tuned to find out where that was!