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post #1 of 22 Old 05-10-2017, 07:42 PM Thread Starter
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Toronto to Deals Gap via Blue Ridge Parkway

Hello Stromtroopers. June 30th I'm hitting the road for a week. My goal is to get to ride the Dragon (finally) after taking the Blue Ridge Parkway all the way. If you have done similar route, I would like to hear about it. I'm planning to camp most of the time. If you personally know of any cool place(s) to see and stay along the way you recommend, give me a shout. To be honest I'm not sure if I have enough time to ride the BRP. What do you think? Can it be done in 3 day

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BRP does not go to Dragon. Only to 441 near Cherokee. BRP not a fast road. More fun to stop to see things, regardless. Could do in 3 days, though. Many other fun roads.

Cherohala Skyway excellent, too.
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Hello Stromtroopers. June 30th I'm hitting the road for a week. My goal is to get to ride the Dragon (finally) after taking the Blue Ridge Parkway all the way. If you have done similar route, I would like to hear about it. I'm planning to camp most of the time. If you personally know of any cool place(s) to see and stay along the way you recommend, give me a shout. To be honest I'm not sure if I have enough time to ride the BRP. What do you think? Can it be done in 3 day

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Blue Ridge Parkway itself can be done fairly easily in 3 days (I've done it in 1 really long day) and that is with plenty of photo/food/gas stops. Speed limit is 45mph most of the way and there aren't many passing zones so you've gotta be patient with traffic. The parkway ends in Cherokee, NC which is an indian reservation. Lots of trinket shops and a Harrahs casino in town if that's your thing. From Cherokee it is approx a 45 minute ride to Deals Gap. Deals Gap is a fun experience but is best to do on a weekday to avoid a lot of the traffic and craziness. Toaster404 is correct as well.. The Cherohala Skyway is not to be missed if you are in that area. It is a 50ish mile scenic hwy that runs along the ridgelines from Robbinsville, NC to Tellico Plains, TN. It is a great out & back ride from the Robbinsville area that will eat up half a day.

My favorite places to camp along the way.. All on or very close to the parkway...
Willville Motorcycle Campground in Meadows of Dan, VA - Willville Motorcycle Campground
Blue Ridge Motorcycle Campground in Cruso, NC - Blue Ridge Motorcycle Campground
Iron Horse Lodge in Stecoah, NC - Ironhorse Motorcycle Lodge | 828-479-3864 Iron Horse Motorcycle Lodge near Tail of the Dragon at Deals Gap and Cherohala Skyway

Lots of info and maps at this website:
Blue Ridge Parkway - Home
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Lots of loops. Cherohala - 360 - Dragon is a standard one. Over 441 is nice, but puts you in Gatlinburg. A bit further south, Six Gaps is fun if you like twisties. Steep at times, kind of wears me out on the Guzzi, but I imagine VStrom would be a blast.

I live 50 miles from the Deals Gap store, so if you're looking for any specific local info drop me a line. I have a stack of tourist maps here. Much depends on where you're headed after.

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Awesome, you're going to have a great trip!

Last year my buddy and I went straight from DC to Asheville, NC, and much of the route is the same. It's a beautiful part of the country with many scenic byroads, so avoid taking the interstate when you can!

Skyline Drive is similar to the BRP and it goes through Shenandoah National Park before ending right at the start of the BRP. One literally ends where the other begins. It's a beautiful, technical slalom through a deep national forest, and the road is in really good shape, especially compared to some parts of Blue Ridge. It's also worth it to camp out in Shenandoah and do some hiking if you're outdoorsy.

I think you'd regret coming south through hilly, boring Ohio when you could instead come down along the eastern route through the Pocono and Appalachian mountains.

+1 on Cherohala Skyway.

Here's a picture from Skyline:
[IMG]http://i.imgur.com/CQo0KdM.jpg

And one from the BRP:
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argh. Can't edit my post for some reason. Here's that skyline picture.
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SLD will eat up a good half day. Limit is 35. I would bypass it and spend the time on BRP and down at the Dragon area if that is your objective. Of course weather could change that approach. You could blow down south and do it on the way back if the weather sucks in VA on way down. Rain is one thing but frequently it means fog and you just can't see a darn thing up there then. Watch for deer. No gas on BRP in VA that I know about and it can be time consuming to go get it so fill er up before you start. I would use Waynesboro at north end. Have fun.

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I have ridden on the BRP multiple times and covered the entire length in pieces. I will be riding the entire length in June. I will be in Mississsauga the last week of May. PM me if you would like to meet and I can pass along my experiences.
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I like the BRP. A great place to stay is the Little Switzerland Inn. They have a traditional hotel and/or cabins with multiple rooms. The food is good and Jen the bar tender is REALLY easy on the eyes.
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I like the BRP. A great place to stay is the Little Switzerland Inn. They have a traditional hotel and/or cabins with multiple rooms. The food is good and Jen the bar tender is REALLY easy on the eyes.
Yes indeed the Little Switzerland Inn is a great place I spent a week there a few years ago. When you exit the parkway you go right in to the parking lot. There is also the village of Little Switzerland just down the hill.
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