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Old 07-13-2018, 06:36 PM   #1
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So, we are thinking of planning an RV trip down most of this highway. We will try to travel most of it except for the low tunnels. Can anybody suggest nice CG along the way and when is the best time to do it. We are thinking of mid September or mid October. We have a Georgetown 378 XL and towing a Honda CRV.
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Old 07-13-2018, 06:51 PM   #2
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Try the search box up in the top right corner about this question on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Itís been asked a lot!!!!!

The short story......thereís lots of scenic lookouts you wonít be able to stop at or enter because of the length of your rig. The bottom half is VERY tricky with some tunnels for your height. You wonít be able to enjoy as much as if you camp, then tour, then relocate, camp, then tour, then relocate......

Drive your CRV and enjoy the Blue Ridge Parkway (BRP) the way itís meant to be.
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Old 07-13-2018, 08:04 PM   #3
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Try the search box up in the top right corner about this question on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Itís been asked a lot!!!!!

The short story......thereís lots of scenic lookouts you wonít be able to stop at or enter because of the length of your rig. The bottom half is VERY tricky with some tunnels for your height. You wonít be able to enjoy as much as if you camp, then tour, then relocate, camp, then tour, then relocate......

Drive your CRV and enjoy the Blue Ridge Parkway (BRP) the way itís meant to be.
Thanks I believe that was our intention. I just failed to mention it.
Sounds like we'll enjoy ourselves.
I'll also do a search as well.
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Old 07-13-2018, 09:08 PM   #4
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The low tunnels height are measured at the fog line. With the curv, the center height is close to 15í or better. On the short tunnels, we hugged the center. We cruised the entire parkway and skyline drive towing a 13í 3Ē fiver. The lowest tunnels are in the south area.
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The low tunnels height are measured at the fog line. With the curv, the center height is close to 15í or better. On the short tunnels, we hugged the center. We cruised the entire parkway and skyline drive towing a 13í 3Ē fiver. The lowest tunnels are in the south area.
That's good to know.
I looked up the height of the tunnels and some were saying 11' so I was worried.
I did not know what a "fog line" was, but now I do.
Were you ever worried about on coming RVs when entering a long tunnel or could you see to the other end?
Thanks for the advice.
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Old 07-14-2018, 07:25 AM   #6
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After the first one near Cherokee, it was a breeze.
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Old 07-14-2018, 07:27 AM   #7
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We went through there in June. Started at the Skyline Drive and ended near Asheville. We did not pull the fiver on the parkway but stayed at Luray, Natural Bridge, Fancy Gap and Marion. At each stop we used the truck to explore the parkway in both directions. Good thing too as there were lots of trees over the road that would have hit the front AC unit.
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we just toured the BRP from Cherokee, where the three lowest tunnels are, to Asheville... no issues with our rig, pulling our toad. The heights are always shown at the lowest point at the very edge of the white outside line. You'll have plenty of height if you hug the middle line, or even ride the middle of the roadway - these tunnels are very short, you can almost see out the other end as you are entering.
If you feel the lowest three(#3,4,5) from Cherokee, then you can have your toad escort you thru....but riding thru these early in the morning before much traffic gets on the parkway is the easiest way to avoid any oncoming vehicles.
We left Cherokee about 8am. and had no issues with oncoming traffic by the time we drove thru these tunnels around the 9am time frame.

There are PLENTY of pull offs, viewing stops, and even a few parking areas at visitors centers along the way - don't fret it. Enjoy it. We didn't hold up traffic as pull offs are so plentiful that you rarely have much traffic behind you, as you can easily pull to the side, even without stopping, and let any traffic behind you continue.

The 'toughest' part of driving the parkway is after rains, since avoiding low hanging limbs is really what you wind up doing most of the drive. Since there's little 'traffic' on the parkway, hugging the middle is an easy way to avoid them, though at times there's little you can do - but fortunately, most of these are small branches. I found no issues with the roof when we completed our week long trip.


Bottom line for anyone considering traveling the BRP in their RV is this: the 'lowest' tunnels that everyone seems to be concerned with are at the VERY end of the parkway, within 3 miles of Cherokee NC. There's no reason to be concerned about any of the others, for sure, but if you just can't 'stomach' the idea of a few low ones, divert off near there, but be warned, some of the 'diversion' roads that connect to the BRP are actually worse drives than just staying on the parkway.


enjoy! the parkway was built for YOU!
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... when is the best time to do it. We are thinking of mid September or mid October. ...

keep in mind, because of the beauty of the leaves changing color, Oct. is the busiest time of the yr. for the BRP ... all the motel prices along that route go up and I would imagine campgrounds are affected in someway as well, maybe with being full and not having vacancies, ...
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keep in mind, because of the beauty of the leaves changing color, Oct. is the busiest time of the yr. for the BRP ... all the motel prices along that route go and I would imagine campgrounds are affected in someway as well, maybe with being full and not having vacancies, ...
X2 depending the elevation the Fall, Sept / Oct are the nicest time to travel the parkway. But as it was mentioned the busiest. It can be bumper to bumper in places.

There are a few campgrounds along the way just off the parkway, like Meadows of Dan VA right at Rt 58 (Sites are not level) and a few others. There is a Walmart just off the parkway at Rt 220 south at Roanoke VA (When leaves are off you can see it from the Parkway (Do not know if they allow camping) but an easy stop for supplies.

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