Thinking of going to the lodge for night or two on our drive from NJ to North Carolina. We were taking 81 down. how are the roads from 81 leading to the lodge. I get nervous with real winding roads high in the mountains that drop with no railing.
If you are that afraid of driving maybe you shouldn't drive. The roads are not that bad but I live in the Smoky's so I am used to it. If you do decide to drive it be courteous and use the pull-outs and allow other drivers to pass. If this is anytime soon I doubt very seriously you will get a room as Fall is the busiest time of the year.
We came down the Shenandoah and Blue ridge Parkways which were beautiful drives. The roads are two lane, winding and hilly. Take your time and enjoy the view, The trees should be in full color.
I haven't been on 81, but the mountain roads in this part of the country, in general, are not at all like the roads out West. I've been on lots or roads in the West that truly are high with no railing, but driving in this part of the country isn't the same at all to me. That said, I live in Pennsylvania so mountains are not unfamiliar to me.
The roads are 2 lane paved, winding and narrow, but it's not scary like driving in the Rocky Mountains because these mountains aren't that high. Just slow down for the curves and you won't be in any danger. The scenery is beautiful especially late October while the leaves are at peak color.
81 will bring u into roanoke you can connect to 460 towards bedford. Do not gps or you may be routed up your worst fear... go to bedford exit on left, this will bring you to Main Street, take a left on bridge street next to Wells Fargo, continue on bridge until Peaks street on the left, next to bp station. Peaks street is route 43 and will bring you right up to the top. Easiest way to go. I am also from jersey :)
Linda, 81 South is often a breeze, except for the trucks. From exiting there, you face nothing perilous, except presumably ice and snow. But you might get confused. Above all, don't enter the town of Bedford, VA., said to be the home of lodge, into your GPS. Bedford's 10 miles away. It's best to get a detailed map, like one of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Of the two lane roads to the lodge, part of one route is being rebuilt. The road crews open and close the lanes alternately so only one flows while the other stops. You lose ten or 15 minutes there.
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