Blue Ridge Parkway

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Blue Ridge Parkway
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This 469-mile scenic drive links Shenandoah and Great Smoky Mountains National Park, while protecting the cultural and natural features of the Blue Ridge.
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99_Ohio_Traveler
Delaware, OH34 contributions
Enjoy slow scenic drive, picnics and hikes. Hike around Price Lake was especially nice, and the ranger at Humpback Rocks was helpful in orienting us. Some visitors centers closed for COVID, but restrooms are often open in adjoining picnic areas. Mabry Mill has limited seating and serves breakfast until 12 and switches to lunch menu. Moses Cone residence is being renovated, so only crafts shop and grounds are open. Blue Ridge Music Center is open Saturday’s only. Dining room at Mt Pisgah requires reservation, A couple sections around Roanoke are not open due to road construction, but have a well marked detour. However, the overlooks, picnic areas are all open. We had a great trip driving the entire 469 mile parkway except for closed sections —- driving about 100 miles of the parkway per day from June 5 -10, 2021 and returned via interstate in one day
Written June 15, 2021
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Cszepak
Miami, FL257 contributions
Family
One of the most scenic road trips you can do in USA. We did the blue ridge parkway from Ashville up to Lynchburg/Roanoke area in a 32ft motorhome. We drove from Miami to Ashville (with one stop by in Savannah for one night) and then, we did the blue ridge parkway in 3 days (driving 3-4 hours a day and sleeping each day in different campground). Driving an big rig in the parkway has its challenges, but it wasn’t as bad as I thought. You need to be careful with the tunnels (reason why we started in Ashville and drove up north as tunnels can support our RV height more easily… the blue ridge from Cherokee to Ashville has lower tunnels) and the hanging branches in the parkway, other than that, just use your TOW mode for better breaking and going up the hills and watch your speed. We stayed in the following campgrounds that are very close to the blue ridge: Asheville West KOA, Boone KOA, Fancy GAP / Blue Ridge Parkway KOA and Lynchburg / Blue Ridge Parkway KOA. All good and recommended RV campgrounds. Don’t miss the following view areas (most of them has enough space for your to park your RV): Parkway Visitor Center (milepost 384), Folk Art Center (mp 382), Three Knob Overlook (mp 338), Flat Rock Parking (mp 308), Julian Price Park (mp 297), Thunder Hill Overlook (mp 290.4), Elk Mountain View (mp 274.3), Air Bellows Overlook (mp 236.9), Alligators Back Parking (mp 218.6), Blue Ridge Music Center (mp 213), Mabry Mill (mp 176), Smart View Picnic Area (mp 154), Roanoke Valley Overlook (mp 129) – but there are many others in the blue ridge that is worth stopping for a few minutes! Also recommend to take the blue ridge during week days to avoid too much traffic in the weekends.
Written July 23, 2020
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Buia2001
Austin, TX286 contributions
My husband and I took an impromptu drive down the Blue Ridge parkway in June 2022. It was completely unplanned, and we had no idea what to expect since we were visiting from out of state. We took the cutoff from I-40 east of Asheville and drove all the way to Mt Mitchell. The scenery was quite lovely with the rhododendrons in bloom. This is not serious mountain driving, as the altitude is much lower than major mountain ranges, and at least in this area you don't have any switchbacks or hairpin turns. The area is popular with cyclists though and here are plenty of blind curves, so it's best to stick to 35 mph or slower. There are a few lookout points along the way and plenty of opportunities for hiking. We didn't see any restaurants at the rest stops during our drive so it might be a good idea to pack a lunch.
Written June 11, 2022
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caralily1
North Carolina18 contributions
Solo
The scenery here is beautiful anytime of year. But there are drawbacks to driving the parkway too. The biggest drawback is the bumper riders--those folks who ride as close behind you as possible. In the four days I was in the Boone area, this describes almost all the drivers. There is no way to just enjoy the scenery when you have people trying to ride in your back pocket. If it weren't for the drivers being so aggressive I would give this four or five stars.
The second biggest drawback is that many of the parkway turnoffs have little parking. It is common to get to a turnoff only to find you have to keep going because there's no place to park.
I'm going to try a different part of the parkway another time and see if it's any better.
Written October 15, 2021
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fanofos
Gulfport, MS25 contributions
Couples
We drove the BRP from Cherokee to Asheville on October 7. The first third of the drive was beautiful with the tree colors just starting to turn. Few reds, yellows and golden's. As the elevation increased to 5,000 so did the rain and lower visibility. The few colors observed above 4,000 feet are likely.two weeks from peak. Locals are concerned that the past week of rain could cause the trees to lose their leaves. I'd suggest keeping an eye on these reviews and other internet leaf peeping reports🍁🍂
Written October 7, 2021
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TYPSUKR
Arlington, VA723 contributions
We did two stints on the Blue Ridge Parkway from our base in Asheville, a brief one to the south (Frying Pan Lookout), and a longer one to the north (Crabtree Falls). In terms of the quality of the drive, obviously this is a mountainous parkway, which is going naturally going to have winding roads and steep grades. Other factors to consider are fog, rapidly-dropping temperature, and wind, all of which we experienced in late April. Be sure to be prepared in terms of clothing, supplies, and condition of your car. We found that the Parkway was best taken at a leisurely pace, both in order to enjoy the many overlooks, and also to take occasional breaks. Our experiences included hikes, and there were countless trailheads along the Parkway. As we went in late April, shortly before the peak season, we found that many of the facilities along the Parkway were either closed or offering limited service. If you will be reliant on such places, be double-check the information.
Written May 16, 2022
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magnoliaeleven
Reno, NV4,653 contributions
We explored a portion of the Blue Ridge Parkway in early July and thought it was beautiful!

We enjoyed the Parkway and appreciated all of the turnouts which allow you to pull off the road to take in the views and also take pictures.

The parkway is very curvy at times and has many blind corners which results in a speed limit of 45mph. We were happy that this particular weekend was not super busy and we did not feel rushed or pressured as we explored.

Our understanding is that the months of September, October and early November are absolutely gorgeous with the turning of the leaves but that it is very busy during these peak times.

We will absolutely be back to continue to explore the area!
Written July 11, 2022
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flscott66
Knoxville, TN872 contributions
Couples
My wife and I went on the Blue Ridge Parkway and have a wonderful time.
We picked it up in Asheville and headed west. What a beautiful trip! There are so many great overlooks and the road quality is excellent.
I recommend you bring some camp chairs and find a great view and set up and watch the clouds roll through.
Make sure you have enough gas as it may be awhile before you can get off on a connecting road with gas.
Also, make sure to run with your headlights on as there are many tunnels.
Written September 6, 2021
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CraftBeers
Plano, TX26,189 contributions
What an absolutely gorgeous drive. I can't imagine anyone giving this a rating less than five. I get the RV owners that are angry with improper tree trimming that damaged their vehicle, but there is too much beauty to take in. There is well over 400 miles to explore, so you get to control how long you want to be on the road. You can choose to drive all day or even make it two or three days with stay overs to see the whole thing. If you only have a few hours, you can decide how long you want to explore. If you are a picture taker, plan to stop frequently. If you want to just drive and enjoy the scenery, then sit back and relax.

I entered the Blue Ridge Parkway at Ashville, NC and drove north for about 10 miles. I then turn back south and drove all the way to the end of the parkway. I loved the twisty roads with valleys and waterfalls. Depending on the elevation you may be below the clouds, in the clouds or above them looking down. The whole thing is incredible.

I too got tired of pulling out and taking pictures. I eventually realized, it's all gorgeous. I stopped taking pictures and enjoyed the ride. We eventually learned to pull out only when our mouths dropped open from a new view.

There are some tight turns, and tree trimming is not the best. RV and wide vehicles may have to hug the center of the road, which is unsafe. Go slow, drive smart.
Written March 31, 2020
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Biff Simpson
Wilbraham, MA918 contributions
Couples
We stayed near Asheville for a few days and explored a number of places in and around the city. I swear... every time we drove somewhere outside the city, we wound up on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The first time, it was cool: you go from the woods to the city in about three feet. The Parkway is a two lane road with limited access and no place to pull over. It’s bendy with tons of trees and (until you get east) no views... just trees. Get behind someone who doesn’t do well with Le Mans driving and you are doomed. Look at a road map east of Ash illegal and it looks like a map of your small intestine... but it IS cool
Written May 6, 2021
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