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Old 04-30-2014, 08:17 AM   #1
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Blue Ridge Parkway (BRP)

I'm surprised I didn't find any posts about the BRP. We are planning to spend 8 days on it, starting at Front Royal, Va and end in Asheville - where we'll spend at least a week. We plan to hike at each location, going about 100 miles a day.
There are so many campgrounds. Any to avoid? Any must sees? We've done some hiking on the AT in Va.
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Old 04-30-2014, 08:40 AM   #2
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Starting at Front Royal, there is Matthews Arm, Big Meadows, Lewis Mountain, and Loft Mountain campgrounds on the Skyline Drive. If you are planning on doing about 100 miles a day, Loft Mtn would be your best bet, as that is about 80 miles from Front Royal......the Skyline Drive ends at milepost 105. Beware, all Skyline Drive campgrounds are primitive......no electricity, and no onsite water or sewer, but water is available at scattered faucets, and there are dump stations at all but the Lewis Mountain campground. You may need reservations for weekend camping, but usually there are plenty of sites available during non-holiday weekdays.

I did a bicycle trip across the Drive last fall, and camped at Matthews Arm, Big Meadows, and Loft Mountain. The missus and I regularly camp on the Drive, and prefer Loft Mountain.

Campgrounds - Shenandoah National Park (U.S. National Park Service)

We also did a Blue Ridge Parkway trip a couple of years ago, but got pushed off the mountain due to thick fog in North Carolina. We plan on doing that again (without the fog ). I am not as familiar with campgrounds there, as we stayed at a private campground near the VA./NC border, but here is a link to the BRP campgrounds.

Camping on the Parkway - Blue Ridge Parkway (U.S. National Park Service)
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Thank you for fast reply. I should have said we love our FHU's so so plan to go on and off to private campgrounds!
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You might enjoy a stop at the BRP Visitor's Center at Asheville. They have a great movie and lots of displays about the building of the Parkway. It's a very cool facility with lots of photos and artifacts.

http://www.blueridgeheritage.com/att...visitor-center
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Old 04-30-2014, 08:57 AM   #5
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We will do that! Sorry we can't start there! But we plan on many more trips on it if it is a good experience.
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We've travelled the Skyline Drive (South from Front Royale) and through the BRP more times that I can count.........albeit always on motorcycle.

Be aware that when travelling with an RV (trailer, 5er or motorhome) that there are many tunnels along the way (more in the Southern end) with the clearance markings you MUST observe. Also, they are very dark within and our biggest fear were the numerous bicycles inside that are almost impossible to see because they have poor or no illumination to warn of their presence.

Some tunnels are straight and you can through, but the ones that curve can be quite tricky as the walls and ceiling on the tunnels are also curved. You will need maximum lighting to see your way.

Pay attention to any look outs that warn they are not for trailers.......sometimes parking can be an issue for larger vehicles.

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Glad you are spending some time in Asheville at the end. It's a really unique city with all sorts of great restaurants, street musicians, craft brewers, etc. Very bohemian if you like that type of thing. We love staying at Mama Gertie's Hideaway Campground in Swannanoa. About halfway between Asheville and Black Mountain and relatively close to the Oteen exit of the Parkway.
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Be aware that when travelling with an RV (trailer, 5er or motorhome) that there are many tunnels along the way (more in the Southern end) with the clearance markings you MUST observe. Also, they are very dark within and our biggest fear were the numerous bicycles inside that are almost impossible to see because they have poor or no illumination to warn of their presence.
Oh, I forgot about Mary's Rock tunnel. Thanks for posting that. The last time I did the tunnel I was on my bicycle, and had no problems with clearances, so that is why it slipped my mind.

That tunnel is listed at 12'8", but I don't know where they take the measurements. An RV may be able to go down the middle if traffic is blocked, but no since in taking a chance.....there is no place to turn around on the northern approach.

If you want to do "most" of the Skyline Drive, you can get on at Front Royal, get off Rt. 211 at Thornton Gap, go west towards Luray, follow Rt. 340 through Page County, and get back on at Swift Run on Rt. 33 near Elkton. There are no tunnels on the northern or southern section of the Skyline Drive.......just the central section. Rt. 340 in Page County is very scenic drive.
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Our dream was to do this on our MC, but had to leave it at home! Maybe one day...anyway, this was a tip we needed!
Thanks so much!
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Our dream was to do this on our MC, but had to leave it at home! Maybe one day...anyway, this was a tip we needed!
Thanks so much!
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Mary's Rock height is advertised at 12'8" measured at the side of the tunnel. I travel Skyline drive twice a year every October and Spring with 36' 5vr. 12'3"
at the tallest point rear mounted air. If you have a front mounted air you might want to check your height load and hitched to you TV.

BTW, we camp at Big Meadows Campground... 52 mile marker every year very central to many trails and hiking. Big Meadow Has hot showers, laundry facilities, firewood, etc. Also as Stated water, dump station, plenty of water. At the Big Meadows lodge they have a full fledged restaurant and
and a Pub in the basement with occasional local entertainment. AT the entrance to Big Meadows you'll find Gasoline, a camp store, a small restaurant and a very nice visitors center with plenty of info and some interesting displays.

BTW, as stated earlier make reservations well in advance. Big Meadows is very popular. I make my reservations about 6 months in advance. Some walk up sites can be available... 221 sites total.
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