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Hey guys, has anyone ridden the whole length of the Blue Ridge Parkway? I was thinking about doing this at a leisurely pace... 3 days, 2 nights including time to get to one end and back after the ride.

If anyone has done this, any feedback?
- Direction of travel?
- Weekend ok? Or should I do a weekday?
- How slow of a pace? Should we stop to see attractions or is the ride the attraction?
- Any recommendations for a place to stay? I'd probably seek out a cabin or cheaper motel room. I don't get much sleep in a tent.
- Is it worth adding Skyline Drive? Is it more of the same?

I'm having a hard time finding friends who ride that wanna come. They have older, uncomfortable bikes. If anyone here is interested, let me know. I havent picked a date yet, but was tentatively thinking 2-3 weekends from now.

Thanks for the advice!
 

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You can do Skyline and BRPW in 2 longish days.

Skyline is ~100 miles but at 35mph

BRPW is 460 miles but at 45mph

During the week I would think is preferable, less traffic.

Why don't your ride it in both directions, most of it is a lot of fun.
 

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Rode it more than any trip. I am not far from it in the middle of Kentucky. If just going BlueRidge three days is what we allow.We go down south and start and if still wanting a few more days then go on the SkyLine Drive.Speed limit on B.R.P. IS 45mph and SkyLine 35mph. SkyLine is lots tighter curves. Parts of B.R.P. are hard not to speed on and we often do.Luck has been with us as never pulled over yet and been riding it for a lot of years. So many pull off views we usually just go in and back out slow unless someone wants to stop at that one. When the leaves are at peak it is more people on it but never all that bad.No Add signs and I like our eastern Ky. and Blue Ridge lots better in looks than the rockeys dead tops.If the wife is not along we all ways camp and sure not hard to please.All kinds of maps etc. on the net.
Only time we had any trouble finding a motel was we waited to late and was dark when we pulled off and in to Boone,N.C..The women were tired and we found some kind of Doctors thing had most all the rooms booked.They were so nice and on the phone to others and found us a room across town.Good price,clean,but only two beds so rolled in a double fold out for other couple. We all had rode and knew each other for years so big deal when tired. All other of many years no troubles at all.Have fun!:grin2:
Maggie Valley is close to the south end and honest I could stay in the ..Wheels thru Time Museum.. a week.Try to make time for it.
 

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:grin2: OTR again Blue Ridge is 469 miles long if recall right.Skyline 121? goes to Shenandoah valley.
Dragon is close to B.R.P. all so.Maybe you better plan on a week.:grin2:
 

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HI OMG
Here is mt 2 cents worth.

- Direction of travel?
Either direction is fine, depends on which way you are coming fron

- Weekend ok? Or should I do a weekday?
Weekdays are better, less traffic I also prefer early mornings

- How slow of a pace?
Speed limit is 45 mph but there are almost no lights or stop signs so it is easy to make good time. Watch your speed tickets are very expensive and the park rangers tend to have no sense of humor.

-Should we stop to see attractions or is the ride the attraction?
BOTH There are lots of cool things to see lots of interesting history along with some awesome riding. Look at the BRP website there is a lot of information there. Also look at wikipedia, they have a list of all of the roads it crosses (exits) and a list of gas station near the parkway.

- Any recommendations for a place to stay? I'd probably seek out a cabin or cheaper motel room. I don't get much sleep in a tent.
There is lots of info on the interwebs you will have to get off the BRP to find inexpensive accommodations. One place I would recommend is the Alleghany Inn in Sparta NC (US21 MM229) reasonably priced with a decent restaurant in the parking lot and a gas station across the street that sells beer. They are also bike friendly. If you want to splurge one night I highly recommend the Little Switzerland Inn near MM340 restaurant and bar on site and some of the best views from their patio.

- Is it worth adding Skyline Drive? Is it more of the same?
Skyline drive is not worth the time in my opinion.

One last bit of advice, keep an eye on the weather as it can be nice in the valley and pea soup on the parkway.
That's my $.02 hope you have a great ride!
 

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BRP is great with a 45mph speed limit. Skyline drive is 35 mpg and there is a fee to enter.

Having done the BRP from North to South. Waynesboro VA to the Little Switzerland Inn is a nice 1st day. Then the second day from Little Switzerland to the south end of the BRP is about 4 hours or longer stopping along the way to smell the roses and take in the sites.

The Little Switzerland Inn is a great place to stay with motorcycle friendly cabins a nice pub or sit down restaurant that has anything from bar food to upper tier foods + Jen the bar tender is VERY easy on the eyes.
 

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Fog can only be so bad but a few times have rode in fog on the BRP as bad as any ever in.We had to put the rain suits on as was so thick. Oct. is the best view time but more cars then all so.The North end is my pick,all good. It is 469 miles long as just looked it up.Pages on it.
 

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You don't say where you're coming from. I've done it and Skyline Dr., and would skip everything east of Asheville. I feel everything on a hundred mile westerly angle of Asheville is where time is best spent. A week isn't long enough to cover it.
 

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Keep in mind that the southern end is in a National Park and you have to go somewhere. I stayed in the Pink Motel in Cherokee, but we were on bicycles coming from Charlottesville. If you turn right at the southern end, you're popping over Newfound Gap to Gatlinburg. If you turn left, you're into Cherokee and can either head back NE towards I40 or head towards the Dragon and Cherohala. I like highway 28, which joins 129 at Deals Gap. Iron Horse Motorcycle Lodge in Stecoah is nice, on 28.
 

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Went all of the Trace then to Jeff Davis Plantation. Nice but so flat and such crazy speed limits. BRP has it beat so bad IMO. Trace does have free camp grounds.First come first serve and were nice to be free. On a motorcycle all are better.0:)
 

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Good point on where I'm coming from. I'm actually only live about an hour from the BRP in Hickory, NC. I've ridden on the Parkway a number of times, but it's always the Boone to 181 stretch, once out to Mount Mitchell. When I went to the rally this year, I rode on a short stretch I'd never been on (Hwy 23 to 19) and it was beautiful and fun and "different enough". Thank my normal stretch. Got me wondering about traveling the whole thing (in part just to say I've done it). It's 4 hours to the Waynesboro and only 2 back from Cherokee. Seemed wise to put the longer 4 hour ride up front. The main point was to set up a ride I could take with my wife, but she's a little nervous about 3 full days of riding (she's pretty new).

I just bought a used touring cruiser (Kawi 1600 Nomad) and thought this would be a good way to break her in. The SV continues to be my go to in the mountain twisties, but thought maybe the BRP would be a worthwhile trip. There's always the option to go to the beach to visit family. Korny also mentioned the Foothills Parkway running northeast out of Chilhowee. I could see taking a Cherohala Skyway/Foothills Parkway/US441 loop. Maybe this would be more enjoyable than 2 days of BRP.

In short: too many choices, not enough time.
 

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Make time to ride places you want to go......its worth it.
 

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Went there 30 years ago 3 or 4 years in a row on vacation. At 45 mph it is hard to cover ground but that's not the point.I found that getting off on intersecting two lane county roads was fun.I remember one where I got off the parkway looking for gas or lunch and was really off the beaten path.I came to a 15mph hairpin and realized I better pay attention.
 

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One year a teacher a year older than me had never been on a camp trip in his life! This was around 1999. Other's were going all so but as happens too often at early time to pull out down to just us two. He had got a x student to lend him a tent and another a sleeping bag.
We are not same riding style.Me too fast and he way too slow:furious:. He will never break the posted and goes by his factory speed-o. First night we make it to the NC/Virginia line and find a camp ground.All most dark and after a shower we are in our tents a few feet apart.He is acting like a grade schooler. I'm hot about every ten minutes as I am all most asleep:furious:." Get naked like I am I yell back! He never said another word that night!:grin2:
We packed and pulled out early and a stop soon to eat.Over and over"I hate camping and never want to do it again!Pull out a map and a Jeb Stuart high way looks fast way to hit Ky. "SLOW as you ride if you want to ride half the night we may be home by one AM I tell him." He agrees and we head out.To not look that bad on paper it had lots of .. 35 feet or less only..and some parts you saw your own tail lights!:wink2:.We made it home at 12:30 that night and true to his word was the one and only camp time for him.:grin2:
 

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Though not end to end, I literally just spent the last week riding in and around the BRP (7 days, about 2000 miles). 3 days is PLENTY of time. You can do it in 2. Definitely do weekdays - you get behind people on weekends who are going 35 in 45 and don't understand curves don't *always* mean slowing.

It's a great twisty road for a slow cruise. And yes, stop periodically to enjoy the sights - there's a good reason there are overlooks.
 

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I've done Blue Ridge a bunch of times on several different bikes. Its a great place to find your groove. The curves are easy to read. Skip Skyline Drive. There's enough Parkway to keep you happy. Coming from the North, we would start early from the north end and head for Blowing Rock, spend an extra day in Asheville the second day and Cherokee the third day. That's a fairly easy pace. Check out the Folk Art Museum near Asheville and the Biltmore Estate. Also Black Mount has some nice Blue's Bars. The sights on the Parkway are worth seeing.
 

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Stay in Willville motorcycles only cabins for 45 bucks from Will, he's a character. He'll steer you to some cool rides.
A day ride south is Blue Ridge motorcycle only campground. 45 bucks for a cabin by the river. Phil and his Son Jay are great people. Make sure you eat at Haywood BBQ in Waynesville while at Phils place.
 

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Looking at this ....I have a full day to get south and get on the BRP

https://goo.gl/maps/J6sdEAh6mL22

Where would you suggest I get on the Parkway ....
I would leave Sunday morning and ride down either through PA as on the map or a slab route. 5-600 miles is okay first day.

Looking at 2 days on the BRP at leisurely pace then head home....4-5 days total.

I get going early ...how bad are deer at 6-7 am ( I am not camping ).
 
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