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Old October 5th, 2015, 05:27 PM
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Blue Ridge Parkway trip

I'm planning to drive the blue ridge parkway later this month and wanted to check if anyone has done it and if there are any recommendations for camp sites, ways to make the trip a good loop, restaurants, forest service roads to explore, and the like.

I know its touristy, but we have never done it. Figured we would knock out the low hanging fruit, enjoy the fall colours, and maybe not get rained on...
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Old October 5th, 2015, 05:37 PM
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Double check before you go, not sure why but went to go that way yesterday on our way home from MAR . . . missed an exit and was trying to catch back up with Jonesy and the boys. We were heading up I81 and I had to jump on 56 to get over to the restaurant we were stopping at, as I was getting onto the Blue Ridge Parkway it was closed going NE, drove it a bit from there South and it was closed at a park about a mile or two down. Ended up driving 56 up to 151.

We asked our waitress at the restaurant if she knew why it was closed, no clue . . .

Good luck on your trip
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Old October 5th, 2015, 06:54 PM
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Good story....now make me a sammich...
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Old October 5th, 2015, 07:00 PM
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I have a tip, don't take the Rover. Seriously, take something with good handling.
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I have a tip, don't take the Rover. Seriously, take something with good handling.

We're taking the 4Runner.
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Old October 5th, 2015, 07:03 PM
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BTDT, possibly the most boring drive ever. On par with driving through Florida. Both have been done and crossed off the bucket list.
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We're taking the 4Runner.
Good idea.
I have another, more useful tip. Download the PDF Maps app from Avenza. Then download the Georeferenced PDF map of the entire BRP from the National Parks site or whatever. Open the map in PDFMaps and turn on your GPS on your phone. Your current location will display on the map. This way you get all the POI of the map along with mileage markers.


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Old October 5th, 2015, 07:06 PM
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We're taking the 4Runner.
Hell no, take that Defender. That will be a beautiful trip you will definitely want to take in the D90. If I can get my hardtop soon, I want to do the same trip. If you are coming up from ATL, just hop on around Asheville up to Blowing Rock. Stay the night in Boone/BR and take it back down. Should be beautiful right now, just don't wait too late into winter as they are notorious for closing down sections of the parkway.
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Hell no, take that Defender. That will be a beautiful trip you will definitely want to take in the D90. If I can get my hardtop soon, I want to do the same trip. If you are coming up from ATL, just hop on around Asheville up to Blowing Rock. Stay the night in Boone/BR and take it back down. Should be beautiful right now, just don't wait too late into winter as they are notorious for closing down sections of the parkway.

We just drove the defender to and from ashville in the rain. Kinda want the old girl to rest. Also, I'm not sure Katie wants to do the whole thing in the D90...
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Did it a few years ago on the Harley coming back from Maine and New Hampshire.

I thought it was awesome even though I got hailed on. Left me riding gloves at a restaurant in Blowing Rock. I wonder if they still have them.
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I live close to the Parkway and really like the campgrounds at Price Lake (close to Grandfather Mountain and Linville). If you prefers cabins you go a little further North and get a cabin at Blowing Rock.
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It can be scenic but man is it a boring long and slow drive. I would recommend sticking to a smaller section, west of Asheville. That's where all the better views are anyways. Don't do the whole thing it will be painful.
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It can be scenic but man is it a boring long and slow drive. I would recommend sticking to a smaller section, west of Asheville. That's where all the better views are anyways. Don't do the whole thing it will be painful.

West of ashville as in between ashville and the southern end of the parkway in the smokies?
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Yes. Sorry. I guess it's south but also west. Towards the bottom, not the top lol

------ Follow up post added October 5th, 2015 08:33 PM ------

And last week or so of the month should be perfect for fall foliage.
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Lots of cool little sites along the way. However bring everything with you. When you depart, gas up. Not really anywhere along the route to get fuel nor food. Whatever there is, its $$$$.

The cops up there are legit so behave yourself.

The parkway does go pretty much right beside Asheville. IMO, Asheville is where you go for the Biltmore house and booze. Also for a decent detour, downtown would be a legit place for a dinner and since you are already off the path, you can access hotels and campgrounds around Asheville.

Mt. Mitchell is legit. Go there.

It kinda goes near Boone. Lots of outdoor and camping in the area. Tweetsie railroad is there as well but that is more family oriented (or in my case, drag a kid there so I can enjoy it to their dismay).

After 421, it gets desolate. Some cool sites and overlooks but that is about it.

Once you hit VA, it gets quite boring. I always bail at that point.
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Lots of cool little sites along the way. However bring everything with you. When you depart, gas up. Not really anywhere along the route to get fuel nor food. Whatever there is, its $$$$.



The cops up there are legit so behave yourself.



The parkway does go pretty much right beside Asheville. IMO, Asheville is where you go for the Biltmore house and booze. Also for a decent detour, downtown would be a legit place for a dinner and since you are already off the path, you can access hotels and campgrounds around Asheville.



Mt. Mitchell is legit. Go there.



It kinda goes near Boone. Lots of outdoor and camping in the area. Tweetsie railroad is there as well but that is more family oriented (or in my case, drag a kid there so I can enjoy it to their dismay).



After 421, it gets desolate. Some cool sites and overlooks but that is about it.



Once you hit VA, it gets quite boring. I always bail at that point.


Thanks Max.
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If your in Asheville for breakfast go to Tupelo honey if it's still there. Was my favorite when I lived there for a bit
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If your in Asheville for breakfast go to Tupelo honey if it's still there. Was my favorite when I lived there for a bit
Grabbed brunch last time I was in Asheville. Can confirm its deliciousness
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Believe it or not, there is a Tupelo Honey Cafe right in downtown Knoxville near Local Motors. I figure Vasily has been there before

I do agree it is good...I go there with the rents every time I am in Knoxville.
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Believe it or not, there is a Tupelo Honey Cafe right in downtown Knoxville near Local Motors. I figure Vasily has been there before

I do agree it is good...I go there with the rents every time I am in Knoxville.

Guilty as charged. I've been both to the one in Market Square and the one in Ashville.

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