Blue Ridge Parkway/Skyline Dr. trip planning

Discussion in 'Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge' started by Al Goodwin, Jan 28, 2014.

  1. Al Goodwin

    Al Goodwin Long timer

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    YEP, the wife and I are planning a trip, sometime in May or there abouts, up the Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive.

    I've got the first day planned from home to Cruso, but I'm needing help of some info on camping area around the mid-way point, and also up at the North end of Skyline Drive.

    We'll take 3 days up there, a day to ride into DC(maybe:huh) then a 2 or 3 dy ride back home.

    The route coming back South is still up for debate, I'm thinking West of I-81.....

    any suggestions and help would be GREAT...

    Thanks in advance.

    Allen
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    Willville motorcycle camp at Meadows of Dan mile marker 177.7
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    VA Route 42 more or less parallels 81. You can cruise (for the most part) 65 mph, and it is beautiful. The downside is that there aren't as many transfer trucks.
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    If you get into a lightning storm on the BRP..take cover inside one of the tunnels. I parked at the end and waited it out. There are no other safe places to hide!!

    Good luck with your trip..
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  5. Al Goodwin

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    I've been doing some studying....Cherokee or Cruso the first night, then somewhere around the Roanoke area for night #2.....:ear:ear:ear
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    +1 on meadows

    blue ridge motorcycle camp ground in Cruso Linky

    Also 20 mins away is Wheels thru Time museum linky

    If you have the time try Linky Hot springs NC the wife will love it. Theres also camping there.
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    Bollocks Farts with an Accent™

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    People can flame me but Cherokee is a hole and if you get stuck in traffic there are very few places to pass.

    Edit: Very important, DO NOT ride the parkway at dusk.
    Common sense, but you don't want the trip cut short because of a deer.
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  8. DirtDabber

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    Wilville is only about 1 hr 20 min south of Roanoke. If you want to spend a little time down south there is a lot to see and do. Wheels through Time is in Maggie Valley NC. Hwy 215 and 276 are great rides down toward Brevard. The area around Little Switzerland is nice as well. Ai only stop for gas in Cherokee when I have too....
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  9. Al Goodwin

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    Anyone been to Roanoke Mountain campground??

    I'm FOR SURE Cruso night #1......
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    If traveling after May 15th, an option to split the difference is Mile High Campground. Convenient location just off the parkway and close to Maggie Valley if you need civilization amenities.

    http://campmilehigh.com/
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    Amazing amount of camping available along the BRP, slow road though so be patient. Not sure I'd plan too heavily exactly where to spend the night that time of year, too many options. Just enjoy. Lots of cabins, B&B's, and camping everywhere. All the VA state roads are numbered and maintained
    On the way home do some exploring off the parkway.
    I know the NC/Va border region so my suggestions are in that area. Places to consider for on the way home - Floyd is a good little town for food and fun. Foster Falls is a great area for camping, good riding too.If you are in the area lunchtime Saturday check out West Wind Winery and Farm. Any of the roads and towns along the New River are super for riding and camping. Independence VA, Mouth of Wilson. Want a great ride - Hwy 16 and Hungry Mother State Park (especially north). Crooked Road music trail - worth following just for the ride.
    If your'e hitting bigger cities check out Asheville NC, great town for micro-breweries. Elkin NC region for decent roads and wineries. Gotta admit I'm not a fan of Cherokee.
    Lunch on the way up - try Chateau Morrisette on the BRP around mm 171, not as fancy - theres a good deli at intersection of BRP and Hwy 52 (mm 199), down the hill 100 yds. Both of these places about 2 1/2 or 3 hrs from Roanoke which is a nice place to explore.
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  13. Al Goodwin

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    Oh MY...The wife likes this place, if the views are really like that on their web-site.....:eek1
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    Just up from Campmilehigh is Heintooga Roundbottom Road, an 28 mile one way dirt road that takes you down to Cherokee. It was closed all this year with all the govt. b.s. but hopefully will be open next year. Not sure what type of bike you will be on but I have taken an FJR down it without issue.

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  16. Al Goodwin

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    I'll be on a Super Tenere....thanks for the info, I've never heard of that road...something to put ON THE LIST.:freaky

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    Try to have time for a meal at the Pisgah Inn. If you get to Maggie Valley be sure to make a stop at Wheels Through Time. A stop at Grandfather Mountain is a nice diversion as is the ride to the top of Mount Mitchell. The Great Smokey Mountains National Park and Cades Cove is a good ride.

    The weather in May can be pretty unpredictable so bring lots of layers and good rain gear.
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    Ya'll need more than 6 days to fit all this in. :lol3
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  19. Al Goodwin

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    The more suggestions I get, the more I search the maps....I'm up to 17 days so far....I really wanted to do something Spring Break with the kids, but I guess they can sit home since I need all my vacat for this 1 trip.:huh

    Well, we may make it a series of several 4 day trips every other week for 3 months or so.:freaky
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    i camp at BRMC in Cruso. After coffee, breakfast, and breaking down camp i load up and head out. I normally get to willville around 2-4pm. if at all possible, you want to be at willville on friday night. theres really good bluegrass on fri nights about 15 miles from there, a little town called floyd. I avoided it for years because of deer after dark. Now i just ride really slow :) 13 deer and a black bear on my last ride back to willville at dusk.
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