Go Back   iRV2 Forums > CAMPING, TRAVEL and TRIP PLANNING > Navigation, Routes & Roads
Click Here to Login
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
Reply
  This discussion is proudly sponsored by:
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about their products on iRV2
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 12-03-2012, 12:50 PM   #1
Senior Member
 
Deek's Avatar


 
Newmar Owners Club
Mid Atlantic Campers
Freightliner Owners Club
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Erie, Pennsylvania
Posts: 1,166
Blue Ridge Parkway -- Southbound from Toledo

We will be leaving for Ft. Myers in February, most likely headed down I-75 from Toledo after picking up MH at Nappanee, Indiana. Would like to get to Blue Ridge Parkway if possible and take it for a good piece of its scenic beauty. That could be 100 miles, it could be 300 miles depending on the advice we get.

Since we have a week to get from Toledo to Ft. Myers, we have plenty of flexibility about where to get off I-75 to get to the Parkway and when to get off to finish our trip south.

We are mindful, too, that there are bridges on the Parkway which present special obstacles to motor homes so we would want to avoid problems that way for sure.

We would be most appreciative of any suggestions for where to get off I-75 south, where to get on to Blue Ridge Parkway, how far to go on the Parkway (beginning and ending mile marker posts would be most helpful) and where to end up to resume travel on to Ft. Myers.

Many thanks.

Deek
__________________

__________________
FMCA #363986 / 'Living the Dream' ... What an Incredible Hoot!
2015 Newmar Dutch Star 4369 - All Electric / 2015 Grand Cherokee Summit AWD / SMI Air Force One / NHSO
Deek is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 12-03-2012, 01:01 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
JohnBoyToo's Avatar


 
Monaco Owners Club
Join Date: May 2012
Location: DFW, Tex-US
Posts: 4,830
When we did that trip a LONG time ago....
we weren't that taken by it....
may be worth it once, but that's just our humble opinion.... good luck....
__________________

__________________
'11 Monaco Diplomat 43DFT RR10R pushed by a '14 Jeep Wrangler JKU. History.. 5'ers: 13 Redwood 38gk, 11 MVP Destiny, Open Range TT, popups, vans, tents...
JohnBoyToo is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 12-03-2012, 01:04 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
coffeeman's Avatar
 
Winnebago Owners Club
iRV2 No Limits Club
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Fair Play, SC
Posts: 409
Here is a link to the map http://www.nps.gov/blri/planyourvisi...&PageID=115070 if time isn't a major factor you may want to head to Charlottesville, VA area and head south and exit at Asheville for Florida. Not sure what the weather is like or closures if any. I've never traveled so can't provide any info on bridges, etc. We drove from Toledo,via Columbus to Asheville this summer and a nice drive.
__________________
2005 Sightseer 29R, F53 Chassis-Sold
2007 HHR Toad -Sold, Hankook AH11,Magnum Plus Beads,Dahon Bikes, Roo Bee the "Aussie",SCT-5 Star Tune, Mountain Master Tow Brake,2009 Bighorn 3600RL
coffeeman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-03-2012, 01:53 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
genesimmons's Avatar
 
Workhorse Chassis Owner
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: western n.c.
Posts: 381
just check before you take off, certain parts are closed in the winter
__________________
07 bounder 35e/workhorse
17 jayco 29me
genesimmons is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-03-2012, 02:09 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
JohnBoyToo's Avatar


 
Monaco Owners Club
Join Date: May 2012
Location: DFW, Tex-US
Posts: 4,830
Quote:
Originally Posted by JohnBoyToo View Post
When we did that trip a LONG time ago....
we weren't that taken by it....
may be worth it once, but that's just our humble opinion.... good luck....
On edit - I'm a doofus - I thought SURE you asked about the natchez trace ?!? How I got that out of Blue ridge is baffling !!!!!

Yes, yes, Yes when I had to go to Va last summer, took time to run some of that and it was stunning !!!!

promise to read AND comprehend in the future
__________________
'11 Monaco Diplomat 43DFT RR10R pushed by a '14 Jeep Wrangler JKU. History.. 5'ers: 13 Redwood 38gk, 11 MVP Destiny, Open Range TT, popups, vans, tents...
JohnBoyToo is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 12-03-2012, 02:29 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
jimcumminsw's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Oswego IL
Posts: 1,257
We where there about two years ago and if my memory severs me right there is height restrictions on some portions of the Blue Ridge Park Way. The Park way is also closed in some areas due to snow and ice conditions in the winter months. So you will need to investigate with the national park service to see which sections are opened.

A very nice city to visit along the Blue ridge park Way is Asheville NC. The Biltmore Estate is there with easy on off for for the Blue Ridge Park Way and along with I26 and I40 which go through Asheville NC.

Jim W
__________________
Jim & Jill
Sold: 2010 318SAB Cougar:New: 2016 Cedar Creek 34RL. 2008 Dodge 6.7LCummins the original 6.7L engine, w/68RFE Auto
jimcumminsw is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 12-03-2012, 05:04 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2011
Posts: 1,033
Only part of the Parkway, Shenandoah National Park belongs to the NPS. It starts at Front Royal, VA and there is an entrance fee of $15, good for 10 days. Goes for about 100 miles before the national park part ends. The speed limit also increases once you are out of the national park. There are some tunnel restrictions and there are always portions closed during the winter time. Enjoy!
__________________
jpharley is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-03-2012, 06:36 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 463
I live about 30 miles from the BRP. Not a road to drive in a RV during winter. Icy, crooked, hilly, foggy, sometimes closed. Not very scenic in the winter. Lots of naked trees. Access is very limited for RVs. Many of the access roads are VERY steep, VERY narrow, icy, generally not RV friendly even in summer. They are posted not recommended for vehicles over certain lengths and the signs are to be taken seriously.
__________________
Doug and Cassi
'05 Itasca Meridian 36G
'99 Jeep Wrangler
OldChief7155 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-05-2012, 06:16 PM   #9
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Posts: 15
Quote:
Originally Posted by JohnBoyToo View Post
On edit - I'm a doofus - I thought SURE you asked about the natchez trace ?!? How I got that out of Blue ridge is baffling !!!!!
Never the less, the Trace is an experience not to be missed. Gorgeous.
__________________
Growing old disgracefully since 1946.
Madjackdog is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-05-2012, 06:38 PM   #10
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Lynchburg, VA
Posts: 358
It's all dependent on weather. The BRP is fantastic, and I would also recommend entering it at Afton (near Charlottesville, VA). The views are magnificent in winter, but snow and ice are conditions to be studied in real time. Check out clearances here Tunnel Clearances - Blue Ridge Parkway
__________________
A proper quick, brave, steady, ready gentleman!
2011 PALOMINO SABRE SILHOUETTE 260BHS
tinkerreknit is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-05-2012, 07:02 PM   #11
Senior Member
 
bullheaded's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Dallas,Texas
Posts: 980
Not sure if this is on your route, but looks like a good spot to setup camp and get the motorcycles out.

Deer Creek Motorcoach Resort In The Blue Ridge Mountains.
__________________
2014 King Aire 4593
24' Stacker w/toys = 75' of fun
[SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
bullheaded is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-05-2012, 07:14 PM   #12
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 86
We have been on the Va and NC sections in the last 2 years. While traveling on the BRP we both said "I would not want to try this in the RV". In Feb you will have snow and road closings.
__________________
Schoolsout2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-06-2012, 08:33 AM   #13
Senior Member
 
wa8yxm's Avatar
 
Damon Owners Club
Workhorse Chassis Owner
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 22,792
Though I am in the Blue Ridge area now I've never traveled that specific route.

I have, however, crossed the Smokies in a 38' motor home and have one bit of advice.

If you are going to CROSS a mountain.. Use a good mapping program and "Fly over it" with the computer first.. Those switch back curves can be a genuine Female K-9. (Rhymes with Witch).


On your way south, if you need a night or two of pause and do not belong to the Moose or Elks (Both of which have a lodge a short distance off I-75) There is a nice little Forest Service campgorund on the KY/TN border called Blue Heron,, You will need to make sure it's open when you are traveling. Though it's perhaps 30 miles off I-75, it is only a few miles out of your way (most of that time you are driving US-27, which ..parallels I-75 in that area) Plus you get a bit of "Mountain like driving" (perhaps a mile) (Narrow road, with a stone wall where the shoulder belongs) AT&T Cells work there.
__________________
Home is where I park it!
wa8yxm is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-06-2012, 09:22 AM   #14
Senior Member
 
MattC's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: SE Michigan
Posts: 459
Believe Old Chief....

We did almost the entire parkway south to north in the spring of 2010. We got shunted off at Pisgha because the road was still closed. The road we took down the mountain was 4.1 miles of road in less than 2 miles of map and dropped 1800 feet. DW was driving. I was sort of annoyed with my self. If I had thought of it, I probably could have checked the taillights on some of the bends. DW loves a challenge.

It was supposed to be spring, but we found out quickly that it was still winter at 6000'MSL.

We ran through some fog and almost bumped an Alfa Romeo that could not safely make the speed we were. He was looking at the fog edge-on and we were looking down on him and the road....

By the way, the speed limit on most of the BRP is 45MPH. Don't count on being able to run that fast. You won't know what you can do until you try and there is no benefit to faster - Enjoy the Scenery.

Matt
__________________

__________________
A lifelong waterman and his bride going dry places for as long as the fuel money lasts.
MattC is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 09:31 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.