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Old 09-28-2020, 08:57 PM   #1
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Roads and overpasses Shenandoah, Blue Ridge Pkwy and Smoky Mtns.

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Is there a publication or resource you could suggest that will tell us what part of the Blue Ridge Parkway we can drive on? We'll be leaving Shenandoah National Park, heading toward the Smoky Mountains and would like to drive some of the Blue Ridge Parkway. We have a 41' fifth wheel. Would you advise doing this? I understand there are some low clearance places we could not fit through. Any advice about this would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 09-28-2020, 09:32 PM   #2
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just google BRP tunnels or visit the BRP website. as i recall all of the really low clearances are at the western end of the BRP. i recall getting on and off around Waynesville. we were in a 35' class a towing a jeep (11'6" high, 48' long).
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Old 09-29-2020, 05:47 AM   #3
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The parkway's most majestic vistas are on the southern end, where the bulk of the tunnels are inclines are. IMO, get a campground near the parkway and spend a few days. Use your tow vehicle to explore the parkway and the parks. You will not be disappointed.

I just returned from a trip with a couple of couples and used our motorcycles to run the entire length of the parkway. We saw elk, deer, eagles, turkeys, and maybe a bear. And the area around Cherokee had lots of nice displays and shops. Food was outstanding.

I plan on returning to the area with my RV next time. Just amazing!
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Thanks, I actually found a list of the tunnels with clearance heights right after I made my post. It sounds like you need to drive in the middle of many of them to get adequate clearance. Sounds a little risky. It's good info though, and at least we know where the tunnels are. There are a LOT of them! Thanks!
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I'll bet that was fun by motorcycle! We will try to do just that....stay nearby and drive as much of it as we can in increments. We're hopeful that we're timing it for fall colors. Thanks for your help!
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Originally Posted by fiddleddd View Post
T It sounds like you need to drive in the middle of many of them to get adequate clearance.
FYI, a few years ago I got turned around at the Shenandoah entrance station because my Class A was too high for one tunnel on Skyline Drive. I tried to make the 'drive down the middle' argument to no avail as I was warned oncoming traffic may push you back over into your lane.

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