Go eastbound and down on a Smokey & the Bandit road trip


You only have 28 hours to fetch 400 cases of Coors Beer in Texarkana and get it back to Atlanta while stopping at all the important filming...

You only have 28 hours to fetch 400 cases of Coors Beer in Texarkana and get it back to Atlanta while stopping at all the important filming locations used in Smokey & the Bandit. With this guide, you can do it.  "We've got a long way to go, and a short time to get there... I'm eastbound just watch ol' Bandit run..."

 

Let's all be honest, 28 hours to get from Atlanta to Texarkana and back these days is completely feasible, but if you add in all the filming locations, most in Georgia, you'll be cutting it close. (nearly 26 hours of driving according to our calculations and that's without any run-ins with Smokey)

If you're running low on time, here are a few of the most recognizable spots you have to include in the trip:

Lakewood Fairgrounds

It all starts and ends at the Lakewood Fairgrounds. Today, it's practically abandoned, except for a film studio that occupies part of the facility. Maybe you can pay a fat man and a little person to dress up and meet you there...

Flint River Rd Bridge 

Who doesn't remember the Trans-Am jumping over the river on that broken wooden bridge... Well what's left of the bridge is still there. You can park your car on the highway nearby and see it.

Jonesboro, GA (aka Texarkana in the movie)

Practically all of the towns/cities/intersections in the movie were actually in or near Jonesboro Georgia. In fact, Texarkana in the movie is actually downtown Jonesboro. See if you can recognize the different buildings and intersections from the movie.

Where Bandit and Carrie have their little romance scene

The wooden bridge they canoodle on has since been replaced, but the location can be found in Unicoi State Park. We just found the perfect place for your engagement photos! Bonus points if you wear (and then take off) your cowboy hat.

And our last and most important tip... DON'T FORGET YOUR CB RADIO!

Photo credits: Atlanta Time Machine

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This was originally written for Roadtrippers, a great resource for anyone interested in travel.
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