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Old 05-19-2016, 03:06 PM   #1
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Blue Ridge Parkway End-to-End

Anyone have experience taking A 30 foot Class C south to north on the Blue Ridge Parkway. We are in a KOA near the south entrance and want start the trek Sunday. Reading The NPS site says no problems with roads or tunnels, but real experience would be helpful. It's 469 miles long and we want to do it in 2-3 days. Pitfalls? RV sites along the way? Best and worst places to stop for the night?
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I'd just double check the height of your rig vs. the listing of tunnel heights along the route. Some tunnels may require you keep more toward the center.
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I've traveled the Blue Ridge Parkway (BRP) and the Northern extension, the Skyline Drive more times then I can count on a motorcycle but never with an RV.

I've seen smaller RV's over the years but some of the tunnels are tricky and dark. Some are straight and you can see through them, but the ones that are curved are pitch black.....your headlights will only do part of the job as your eyes adjust. Watch out for cars without headlights and bicycles.

This is not a route to be taken if you're in a hurry. The speed limit is 40MPH and enforced by park rangers. Watch out for reduced speeds in some curves....they're well marked. There are countless scenic lookouts, and if you look carefully at the signs marking them in advance, you'll know whether they are on the left or right side. Sometimes the area for parking can be tight, so pick carefully which ones you enter. Some are marked NO TRAILERS, and they mean it.

If you've never done the trip before, 2-3 days will be tight to enjoy all the really fantastic stops along the way. Not to be missed, highest point (6047ft) lots of people take pix with their vehicles here. Mt Mitchell (highest point East of the Mississippi) Mt Pisgah. Linn Cove Viaduct (last part completed for continuous run of the BRP). There's lots more.

Grab their map when entering.
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Similar thread started a few days ago.......

http://www.irv2.com/forums/f38/blue-...ay-291368.html
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Blue Ridge Parkway End-to-End

We did it a few years back. Started near Cherokee and got off of the Sky Line Drive near Front Royal Va. First night Asheville, second night Grand Father Mountain, third night near mount Arie and on to Front Royal. We just got off the parkway each night and stayed in regular RV Parks.
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Anyone have experience taking A 30 foot Class C south to north on the Blue Ridge Parkway. We are in a KOA near the south entrance and want start the trek Sunday. Reading The NPS site says no problems with roads or tunnels, but real experience would be helpful. It's 469 miles long and we want to do it in 2-3 days. Pitfalls? RV sites along the way? Best and worst places to stop for the night?
Here's a quick reference as to the tunnel heights.

https://www.nps.gov/blri/planyourvis...el-heights.htm
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We're in a 40' class A and intend to do the Blue Ridge Parkway this week. We looked at the height of the overpasses and tunnels and hope to be ok by clinging to the center. Thanks for the comment that some tunnels are dark. We will remember to turn our headlights on. Any recommendations for CG in Little Switzerland and other points of interest would be appreciated. Thanks Patty
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We're in a 40' class A and intend to do the Blue Ridge Parkway this week. We looked at the height of the overpasses and tunnels and hope to be ok by clinging to the center. Thanks for the comment that some tunnels are dark. We will remember to turn our headlights on. Any recommendations for CG in Little Switzerland and other points of interest would be appreciated. Thanks Patty
Bear Den is likely your best bet near Little Switzerland. It is a private CG right off the parkway.
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There are blind turns on that route where people coming the other way will not see you coming.

I live near it and would only do it in a car or at most, a small truck.

Btw, end to end is a long drive when you are typically going 20-35 mph.
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We're in a 40' class A and intend to do the Blue Ridge Parkway this week. We looked at the height of the overpasses and tunnels and hope to be ok by clinging to the center. Thanks for the comment that some tunnels are dark. We will remember to turn our headlights on. Any recommendations for CG in Little Switzerland and other points of interest would be appreciated. Thanks Patty
What is your vertical clearance??? You have to allow for the possibility there might be traffic going in the other direction when you are in a tunnel and can't "cling to the center".

In answer to your question about campgrounds, check out http://www.blueridgeparkway.org/v.php?pg=142
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