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Gene Bennington

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

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.

Tom Smithbrother

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.


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.)