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Old 09-14-2021, 12:18 PM   #1
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Camping on the Blue Ridge Parkway

Planning a for next fall trip we are going to spend about Week there we would like to be about middle of the parkway if possible driving a 40 coach for late September early October any information would be help .We have been to the smoky national park
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If you have not found them yet, there are very good apps and websites for the BRP.

The first link below is The Blue Ridge Parkway Association and they also have a matching App you can get from Google Play or the Apple App store.

https://www.blueridgeparkway.org/

https://www.nps.gov/blri/index.htm

https://www.virtualblueridge.com/

https://www.brpfoundation.org/

There are some more localized websites such as............

https://www.exploreasheville.com/ico...ridge-parkway/

https://www.romanticasheville.com/BlueRidgeParkway.htm

https://www.virginia.org/places-to-v...ridge-parkway/

https://visitncsmokies.com/blue-ridg...QaAsqxEALw_wcB

You didn't say, but I hope you have a Toad to use for the BRP touring. A 40 ft coach is truthfully NOT something to be driving the parkway in. You will be into leaf peeping season and the parkway will be quite crowded. The south end of the parkway below Ashville has some low tunnels, north of Ashville you would be OK, but the parkway is, I think, a 20 ft road bed most of the way and that means ten foot lanes. Most of the curves are gentle but there are a few sharp one, and while there are large pull offs, many are small.

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Please make you you note that the clearances noted are AT THE CENTERLINE OF THE ROAD.

https://www.blueridgeparkway.org/tunnels/
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I would vote against a big rig for touring even if overpasses permit. Find a couple bases of operation and explore sections via a toad. Part of the joy of the BRP is pulling off for vistas and some shops. Most parking areas aren't geared for big rigs.

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Please make you you note that the clearances noted are AT THE CENTERLINE OF THE ROAD.

https://www.blueridgeparkway.org/tunnels/
They also show the clearances at the edge of the pavement, which is what anyone should be looking at. You never know when you may meet another vehicle in the middle of a long tunnel!
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Please make you you note that the clearances noted are AT THE CENTERLINE OF THE ROAD.

https://www.blueridgeparkway.org/tunnels/
That chart also has the edge line clearance and some are quite low for a large Class A, however those three or four extremely low tunnels are all between US19 north of Cherokee and the south end of the parkway at Cherokee. The remainder of the tunnels are probably high enough for a tall Class A, even at the edge line. The problem with the tunnels are, as mentioned, the road is a 10 ft lane, and not 12 ft like most people are used to, and I think all of the tunnels are curved and generally you cannot see to the far end of them, so you cannot ride the centerline trying to gain clearance as you do not know what you will encounter coming toward you.

The parkway is not big rig friendly at all.

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Several years ago we started out on the BRP in Asheville and headed north. The over hanging tree branches were beating up my coach. As soon as I could, I got off the BRP. I was on there a few months ago on my motorcycle and things look better, but keep an eye out for low hanging branches.
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There is a nice, smaller CG in Weaverville just above Asheville called Campfire Lodgings. Great people nice sites. Just a short drive from the parkway. Like many CG’s along the parkway they get real busy that time of year.
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Thanks for the all the good information we decided to dividend the park up only having to moving the motorhome only once 8 full day starting on the north end then to Cherokee NC burning are gas instead of diesel
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Since you have a class A, suggest that you look at both Deer Creek Motorcoach Resort and Cool Breeze Campground. They are side by side near the BRP in Galax VA. The Blue Ridge Music center is about 10 minutes away. Great starting point for touring by car or motorcycle. Great places to kayak or tube, bycycle & hike. Mount Airy is about 20 minutes away and there are lots of wineries and several state parks nearby.
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A 40 ft coach is truthfully NOT something to be driving the parkway in.
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Agreed! A 36-footer is about the max I would attempt - and even that would be challenging.
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