Part of the drive from Lake Sherando to the highway follows Blue Ridge Parkway. Now, THAT, is a beautiful drive. It seems worth it to plan a trip to do nothing but travel the parkway, camp and explore some of the surrounding areas. One of the stops along the parkway is 20-Minute Cliff, whose sign reads:
"In June and July during corn-choppin time, this cliff serves the folks in White Rock Community as a time piece. Twenty minutes after the sunlight strikes the rock face, dusk falls on the valley below."
The rest of the day was spent travelling, checking into a hotel in Pigeon Forge, TN and visiting the aquarium in Gatlinburg (take your kids there- its very cool).