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popshumphrey 09-15-2020 02:30 PM

skyline drive/ blue ridge parkway
 
As part of my trip to obx was thinking of going north and then down through Skyline Drive and Blue Ridge parkway. I have a 2250 sun seeker with an 11 foot height. I know there are hills and tunnels. Question is can I do it? Should I do it? I have driven some very mountainous terrain, like up to Mount Ranier or down into death valley. But just wanting some input here. Best to ask then be sorry and the bottom of a ravine, cliff, dumpster, etc.

The Evil Twin 09-15-2020 04:15 PM

I cannot speak to the clearance, but 11’ is not that tall. Best to check the NPS site or have someone chime in. Navigating the roads themselves is no problem. The speed limit is low and the roads are well maintained.

JWood422 09-15-2020 07:25 PM

Hereís the National Park Service website for the Parkway. See if it addresses RV height. All I know is, itís a special drive that you really should take if possible.

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

Oaklevel 09-15-2020 07:37 PM

I really do not think you will have any issues. It is a nce drive. The speed limits are about 45 so dont be in a hurry.

A few of the accesses are step but not all. The drive itself is not at all bad.

:signhavefun:

popshumphrey 09-15-2020 07:39 PM

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Originally Posted by The Evil Twin (Post 2414239)
I cannot speak to the clearance, but 11’ is not that tall. Best to check the NPS site or have someone chime in. Navigating the roads themselves is no problem. The speed limit is low and the roads are well maintained.

Thanks for the reply. I was wondering about Mary’s rock tunnel. The 2250 is the smallest class c forest river makes

Reverse_snowbird 09-15-2020 07:46 PM

According to a website "Be sure you will clear Marys Rock Tunnel (mile 32.2), with a maximum clearance of 12'8". RVs, camping trailers, and horse trailers are welcome, but be prepared to shift into low gear."https://www.nps.gov/shen/planyourvis...line-drive.htm

mogman 09-15-2020 08:01 PM

All tunnels on the parkway are over 13.5 ft (in the middle!). Its a great drive. We stayed at Meadows of Dan campground which is close to I64 your direct route to OBX. But thats only half of the Blue Ridge/ Skyline drive experience.
Skyline drive is the northern section and the tunnel you are concerned about is 12ft 8" and is at milepost 32.2 (measured from Front Royal). My Class A can just make it !!

popshumphrey 09-15-2020 09:00 PM

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Originally Posted by mogman (Post 2414384)
All tunnels on the parkway are over 13.5 ft (in the middle!). Its a great drive. We stayed at Meadows of Dan campground which is close to I64 your direct route to OBX. But thats only half of the Blue Ridge/ Skyline drive experience.
Skyline drive is the northern section and the tunnel you are concerned about is 12ft 8" and is at milepost 32.2 (measured from Front Royal). My Class A can just make it !!

I think I am actually 11-3Ē which means I can make it. Have you driven it? Were you in the middle of the tunnel or I your lane

RCW 09-15-2020 09:22 PM

We have spent the last few days covering Skyline drive and have seen several class C's.

Capt Kidd 09-16-2020 01:21 PM

blue ridge parkway
 
4 years ago I did the Shenandoah Parkway and the blue Ridge Parkway totally awesome. Not to be missed. I however was driving a PT Cruiser towing a teardrop trailer. Saw bunch of class C's on it. This next year I plan on doing a 15,000 to 20,000 mile rad trip around the USA, Canada and Alaska. I will be driving my Dodge Durango towing an RPod 196. Plan to go as far south as Key West, east of the USA in Canada and to Prudoe Bay in Alaska and then home to Chico, CA. I figure the whole trip will take me about 3 months.

GravelRider 09-16-2020 01:29 PM

Here is a list of the heights of all the overpasses along the BRP:

https://www.nps.gov/blri/planyourvis...el-heights.htm

and the lowest tunnel along Skyline Drive is 12'8"

https://www.nps.gov/shen/planyourvis...line-drive.htm


We rode most of the BRP a few months ago (not Skyline Drive though). We were pulling a trailer with a height of 10'6" and were never close to hitting anything. There was one tunnel that was rounded that we moved toward the center when we drove through, but really that was unnecessary I think. It's a beautiful drive with a lot of great pulloffs with scenic views. But it's only good if you're not in a hurry. Speed limits are pretty low and a lot of people don't even go the speed limit. Relax and enjoy the ride.

BADinNC 09-16-2020 02:19 PM

Blue Ridge
 
Hi,

We've driven the local section of the parkway many times and have seen many Class C as well as a lot of TT. A few years ago, we rode to Front Royal on our Trike and drove Skyline Drive, the Blue Ridge and then jumped over to and took the Natchez Trace all the way south. Great bike ride. Again saw many RV's along the way. At your height you should have no problem but you will probably feel more comfortable if you can straddle the center line through some. Skyline seemed to have much more wildlife to dodge and both had a few steep grades. Camp sites are limited and you may have to leave the drive to find one nearby-plan ahead. Great drive, have fun.

awellis3 09-16-2020 04:26 PM

Parkway is closed south of Roanoke.

kenandterry 09-16-2020 04:27 PM

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Originally Posted by awellis3 (Post 2414943)
Parkway is closed south of Roanoke.

Why?

vasnipe 09-16-2020 07:30 PM

Blue Ridge Parkway closure near Roanoke, VA
 
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Yeah, this was on the news back in the Spring.


National Park Service link


https://www.nps.gov/blri/learn/news/...sure_05_22.htm


Visit Roanoke, VA website


Blue Ridge Parkway Detour - Virginia's Blue Ridge

Blue Ridge Parkway Detour Information - Roanoke, VA

A section of the Blue Ridge Parkway is currently closed around the Roanoke area in Virginia's Blue Ridge.
As a result of heavy rains and landslides, the Blue Ridge Parkway is currently closed from Milepost 115.5 to Milepost 135.9. Road hazards at Milepost 119.7 and Milepost 127.9 have led to the closure. According to the National Park Service, experts will assess these areas where there have been road failures to determine recommendations for necessary repairs and restoring access to the public. The timeline for when the repairs will be completed is currently unknown.
While we look forward to when this section of the Parkway will eventually re-open, we have created a special detour route that you can utilize as part of your visit to the Roanoke Valley in Virginia's Blue Ridge. This route still features beautiful views and it also introduces you to some of the unique communities and things to do in our region.





https://www.visitroanokeva.com/parkwaydetour/


Photo of the damage






Hope this helps some


Chris in Roanoke, VA

awellis3 09-17-2020 02:28 PM

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Originally Posted by kenandterry (Post 2414944)
Why?

Wash out. The OP was planning to use the Parkway as a route south and this would necessitate an unpleasant detour.
https://www.blueridgeparkway.org/road-conditions/

JoePa77 09-17-2020 06:46 PM

We are currently doing that trip —South to North. We have seen a lot of Class Cs and even Class As on the Drive and Parkway. We choose to park the Motorhome and Drive the Fiesta along the scenic drives. Fits on the road better and gets better mileage. But I think our Forester could make through all the areas that are not closed ate this time.

Capt Kidd 09-19-2020 11:26 AM

hOLLERS
 
While driving the parkway I kept seeing signs for this or that hollow. I kept wondering how many moonshine sites might be up these hollers?

njfishing 09-19-2020 12:13 PM

Skyline is a do not miss so I'd do it if you can...

A ton of great hiking trails along the way if you're into that and have time. If your short on time Stoney Man is a short 1.6 mile super easy hike with some great views. It's right near Skyland Resort which is around mile marker 42 and a good stop for lunch too.

Oaklevel 09-19-2020 12:46 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Capt Kidd (Post 2416778)
While driving the parkway I kept seeing signs for this or that hollow. I kept wondering how many moonshine sites might be up these hollers?

Don't ask don't tell...................... :D You are traveling through the moonshine capital of the world.....


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