On Saturday July 15, drivers of 22 Porsche automobiles, and their
navigators, signed in for the second overnight Peachstate PCA tour of 2017.
These 40 participants drove up into the north Georgia mountains. Some of
the best narrow, twisty, scenic roads in the south are available here. Then
we continued into North Carolina skirting Franklin before turning south to
go through the Cullasaja George on US 64. This highway is very similar to
the famous Tail of the Dragon in that speed limits drop as low as 35, and
even that can feel fast due to the narrowness of the road and the twists
and turns it takes going through the scenic gorge.
Once through the gorge we stopped to explore the beautiful little town of
Highlands, NC and have lunch. We regrouped and picked up an additional two
Porsches and four participants. From there we continued through Brevard and
onto Hwy 280 to the Etowah Golf Resort located between Brevard and
Hendersonville. Here we had time to relax, socialize in the peaceful
surroundings, and get to know many new members who had come along on their
first Peachstate tour. It really is about the people. The resort served an
excellent prime rib buffet that evening, and a wonderful full breakfast the
next morning. The staff there are friendly and accommodating and made us
feel right at home.
On Sunday we drove back to Brevard, and climbed Hwy 276, stopping at the
Cradle of Forestry visitor center to see displays on the founding of the
forestry school and forestry methods used there over a period of more than
a century. Then we proceeded up the mountain, crossing the Blue Ridge
Parkway, and back down the other side to Waynesville, NC where we picked up
US 23 to NC 107 to Cashiers, NC where we had lunch at the High Hampton Inn.
The staff had setup dedicated parking for our Porsches in the grass at the
entrance to the inn, which made for a fine display, and the meal was first
No tour in this area would be complete without following twisty Hwy 28 into
South Carolina, from which you turn onto War Woman Road to Clayton, GA.
That pretty much completed our overload of twisty mountain roads for the
weekend, but there is an abundance of additional good roads to drive on