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caysea7254

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We are now in Big South Fork National River Recreation Area near Oneida TN. We are wanting to do the Blue Ridge Parkway in areas up to the Skyline drive in Shenandoah National Park. What part of Parkway should we be concerned with pulling a 32ft. 5th wheel? Also which is best route for us to get to the entrance of Blue Ridge near Smokey Mountain National Park? Thank you! Tara


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You really should download the BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY Map from GOOGLE which will have all the tunnels and other roadside info such as where to get gasoline and food stops along the way... The speed limit is max at 45 but you will find a lot of much lower speeds along the route. You will also find a lot of motorcycle and some slow drivers looking at things... Got to be really on your toes sometimes...

You also should check the road map and not get off just anywhere along the parkway as some of the less traveled exits may really be sharp turns and long upgrades... I would plan on only getting on and off at the major road crossings...

Also where there are tunnels your 5th wheel will want to travel down the middle of the road so you must be very conscious of the on-coming traffic... flash lights etc telling them you are using the middle of the road way...

Wild life is everywhere - never know what may jump across the roadway... Or even going with the traffic... I have seen deer going the same direction I was going and about as fast as I was going haha...

People will also stop just about anywhere if a bear sighting is going on.... They may or may not get completely off the road...

Also note that all of the camp grounds along the route will be dry camping only with no electric hookups... They have water and bathrooms... There will be however just a few roadside stops along the entire 400 mile route where you will find gasoline and restaurant and camp store etc... Parking may be a problem pulling your 5th wheel here as they will be packed big time with Cars and trucks...

Have made the run from Virginia to Tenn several times over the years. Always doing the tent camping however... My favorite camp ground is LOFT MTN... Have camped there many times in my POPUP trailer...

Be sure to download a ROAD MAP of the Blue Ridge PArkway and have it handy... Loaded with great info for all the major things to see and do...

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Enjoy the Blue Ridge Parkway!

Be aware there is no fuel available anywhere ON the Parkway. You will have to leave the Parkway for fuel.

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Thanks to both of you for your replies we appreciate it! we may rethink this. Maybe head up to Shenandoah National Park via I-81. and do skyline and national park then do blue ridge on way back. Tara

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We did the entire Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive in 2017. We found RV campgrounds within easy distance of the Parkway and left the fifth-wheel in camp. We selected "base camps" roughly 100 miles apart

On the parkway, we found that 50 miles one way and return was a about right for one day, since you want to stop frequently at viewpoints, and to spend time at some of points of interest. So we spent two nights at each basecamp. From mile zero of the Blue Ridge to the north end of the Skyline, we used four base camps.

As to taking a trailer on the Parkway, you may find parking at some viewpoints to be limited or impossible with a trailer.

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I've done the parkway on a motorcycle and in trucks. You really ought to reconsider towing the 5er or a TT or MH for that matter. Lot of traffic and no places to pass most of the time. You really won't make any friends of those who are behind you and likely cause some of them to break some laws trying to get past you.

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Thanks to everyone for ur replies! We will not drive it with our 5th wheel will use another route. Thanks again, Tara

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Actually the BRP is a pretty easy drive. Only the tunnels would give any problems. The roads leading to, and from it are worse than the BRP itself. Do not try to tow up, or down highway 80 to Marion. 226 is also a bad idea. 221 is only steep, and twisty near the top. We tow our 30' TT on the BRP from Linville to Glendale Springs, and would not hesitate to tow any part of the Parkway. We have been camping the BRP for more than 30 years. You will also find picnic areas scattered out along the BRP with picnic tables, and rest rooms. Usually close to the CGs.

The NP CGs on the BRP are pretty nice, but primitive. However they are VERY quiet. they are also cool, even in the summer. You don't need AC to sleep well at night. You may need a blanket though. All have dump stations.

enjoy the Parkway, and take your time. Also don't try to take your 5er in to Blowing Rock. Just not room.
To do the entire BRP. give yourself at least a week. So much to see, and do. From where it ends in Cherokee NC, to Va. It does not go into Tenn.

There are a few private CGs with full hookup on, or just off the parkway. Bear Den, near Little Switzerland, Raccoone Holler, at Glendale Springs, and Miller Camp, near Laurel Springs.

I do agree. Run Cg to CG, unhook and then go enjoy the overlooks


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Thank you Terryallan for ur info! Very appreciated! Tara

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Posted: 07/31/19 02:43pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Agree with Terry, the only thing I would even give thought to would be the tunnels, most will give you no trouble, there are a couple low ones.


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