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Gene Bennington
11 months ago

The Blue Ridge Parkway starts in Rockfish Gap which is close to Charlottesvile & Waynesboro Virginia and runs to U.S. Route 441 which is close to the Oconaluftee visitor center in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and just north of Cherokee, North Carolina. Total distance is roughly 400 miles with the speed limit being 45mph with some 35mph as well as 25mph sections. The scenery along the parkway is fabulous. If you are in a hurry, this is not the road you want to take. For an even better route, you should start at the beginning of the Skyline Drive in Fort Royal Virginia which is 105 miles long. Once you leave the Skyline Drive, you can then pick up the Blue Ridge Parkway and continue your journey south.

Joe Berne
1 year ago

I really get a lot of great info from your newsletter, BUT most of your news articles are about the west coast. I live on the east coast, NC, and NEVER plan to travel to the west coast.

1 year ago
Reply to  Joe Berne

Why not?

1 year ago
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Lauren Baker
1 year ago
Reply to  Joe Berne

I could say the reverse. I like your website and your articles because they are about the West Coast and the North West.

Tom Smithbrother
1 year ago

The blue ridge parkway not once ever told of it’s location , not even at the link. The blue ridge mountain, I am sure, must go a long way somewhere.

1 year ago

If you read the link you would see another link at the bottom of the page called “About the parkway” that tells you everything you could possibly want to know

Gary Pratt
1 year ago

The parkway is in Virginia and North Carolina. Along the Blue Ridge Mountains. Here is a link

Alan Goldberg
1 year ago

It’s in the east 🙂

Patrick Granahan
1 year ago

The Blue Ridge Parkway starts in northern Virginia and runs parallel to interstate 81 (North to south). It was constructed during the depression on the ridge tops of the blue ridge mountains……many pull outs to view the valleys below !
The highway is only two lanes wide and connects to the Smoky Mountain Expressway and runs south through the Great Smoky Mountains into Cherokee, North Carolina….then (if memory serves correctly) it continues on into the mountains of Georgia…..all in all a fantastic journey through some of the most beautiful mountains in the eastern United States.
There are many Campgrounds along this scenic route.
The Smoky Mountain National Park is the most visited Park in the USA hosting
Over 10 million visitors every year.
The town of Maggie Valley in North Carolina has dozens of RV Parks that cater to the Parks visitors….the Park has a few primitive Campgrounds but the Park has no gas stations…no grocery stores etc……most RV campers use RV Parks outside the National Parks as a base camp during their visits.

Hope this info helps.

Patrick Granahan
1 year ago

One additional fact…the entrance to the Smoky Mountain National Park is in
Cherokee, North Carolina it is FREE and much of the Park is in Tennessee.

Patrick Granahan
1 year ago

One more correction…The section of the parkway that runs from northern Virginia south and parallel to interstate 81 is known as the “skyline drive”……the name changes to the Blue Ridge Parkway as it travels thru the Blue Ridge Mountains…these mountains are part of the Appalachian Mountains. Cherokee, NC marks the end of the Parkway.
If you turn right at the end of the Parkway in Cherokee, North Carolina You enter the Great Smokey Mountain National Park….be sure to visit the visitors center and pick up a map of the park. Elk are often seen grazing in the fields around the visitor’s center.
I consider myself lucky to live a few miles from this beautiful National Park….admission is FREE !

1 year ago

Front Royal, Virginia to Great Smokey Mountain Park including Skyline Drive through Shenandoah National Park.

Billy Bob Thorton
1 year ago

Virginia to North Carolina

1 year ago

The Tesla Cybertruck: “Want to take it camping? The bed in the back will accommodate a 6 1/2 foot mattress. That’s impressive!”

I s’pose that’s progress, in a different direction. My sorry ol’ 1982 Chevy diesel pickup will not only carry a 6-1/2 foot mattress, but a 3,000-lb 9.5-foot camper wrapped around it! ‘Course, I didn’t pay $39,000 for it, so I guess the brag rights go to Tesla. (Still scratchin’ my head over some folks idea of progress.)

1 year ago
Reply to  Gray

If you lay a solar panel on the mattress you can keep your battery charged and have no fuel costs. But then you may not be able to Sleep on the mattress. Or maybe you can use the solar panel as a blanket.