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Old December 22nd, 2005, 05:04 PM
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Blue Ridge Parkway

I am thinking of a road trip in Spring with the 90, I would like to drive the entire Blue Ridge Parkway. Has anyone done this, is it a worthwhile trip. Best places to camp sightsee ect. Any help would be appreciated.

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Old December 22nd, 2005, 06:03 PM
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I know some ppeople that have done it on bikes, I think I may do it when things get warm if I am not employeed
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Old December 22nd, 2005, 07:35 PM
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I've driven the bulk of it (not all at once) and it is AWESOME! I kept thinking I wished I had the Defender (when I was in the company car) and I didn't know what I was missing when I hadn't driven a Defender.
I don't know about camping because we always day tripped as a kid, but Big Meadows is really, well, big, and if you're a fisherman I can link you to some nice stuff in VA. Also, if you want to catch a beer or need a resupply (you are driving a Defender after all) I'll give you my phone number as I live basically at one end of it.
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Old December 22nd, 2005, 08:00 PM
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A few years ago my wife and I were returning from visiting her family in upstate New York, State College PA and Alexandria VA and weren't in a big hurry to get home. We stopped in Charlottesville to see Thomas Jefferson's Monticello and then got on the northernmost end of the BRP and headed south with the mission to drive every mile of it. We'd always enjoyed running stretches of the parkway a bit at a time but had never run the whole thing. It takes two full days to drive the 467 miles of the Parkway - it could even take three. Its one of the most rewarding drives you can take in this country even at the 45 mph speed limit. The 0 mileage marker is at the North end and the mileage is clearly marked the length of the road.

Camping is available at several locations along the parkway - at Doughton Park (mile 240) there are a limited number of rooms available at a lodge run by the NPS - the sunsets here are spectacular. There are also campsites available there and at several other locations along the way. Mt Pisgah at MM410 is also very popular. There are numerous scenic turnouts and overlooks and NO commercial traffic - its like driving through a 460 mile long park. Pick up a free map of the parkway at any ranger station along the way.

They also sell little lapel pins of the Blue Ridge Parkway emblem - I bought one and glued it to the dash of the Range Rover in honor of its completing an end to end run of the BRP. I hope to do it again in the Defender soon.
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on another note I have just pulled off at those "senic overlooks" and thrown down my sleeping pad and bag and called it a night.
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Old December 22nd, 2005, 08:57 PM
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I've seen folks pulled up on the grass shoulders of the parkway with a tent and a nice little camp set up. Lots of places to camp either along or just off the parkway and most exits have a nearby motel.
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Excellent info, thanks to everyone.

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Old December 23rd, 2005, 11:06 AM
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I am not sure about the rules of pulling off and camping. I dont think it was allowed. I know whenever I have done it I have always tried to "pull-out" early in the am
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If you're on your own (or with one other) you could always trick out the interior with a mattress and sleep in style (I'm thinking plywood across the fender wells and gear underneath...very pimp my ride).

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Oh, the whole point of doing that is you could sleep anywhere and not worry about camping area issues

I knew I'd seen it before:
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Hmmm...I tried sleeping in the back of the D90 once...Being more than 4 ft tall made it very uncomfortable...the idea works well in D110s and Classic Range Rovers, though.
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I think camping anywhere is fine as long as it is 100ft off the road.
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cool I have slept (passed out) in the back of the Defender. Lay the passenger side seat forward and the jump seats in the rear down spread out the crazy creek yep..
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The BRP is definately NOT an expressway! Going from one end to the other could take a long time. Depending on your schedule and route, you may not want to plan a trip that covers the whole thing. There's little room to pass and you'll inevitablely get stuck behind an RV going 35mph and stay there for hours!

That being said, it's really beautiful -- one of the most scenic drives on this side of the Mississippi River. I was up there in the fall to watch the leaves turn and had a great time. Be sure to schedule some stops to do some hiking on the Applachian Trail.

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Old December 24th, 2005, 11:42 AM
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That's the whole point - its posted speed limit is just about perfect for a Series truck - especially in good weather with the top down. And if you get stuck behind an RV - just pull over in one of the scenic overlooks and enjoy the view for a few minutes.
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I did it at an average speed of about 60mph in a BMW.

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