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Old 05-13-2013, 09:52 AM   #1
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Blueridge Parkway question

I would like to plan a trip on the Blueridge Parkway from Cherokee NC to Boone NC. Can I pull my 31 foot Airstream with a 2500 GMC without concerns of height requirements or too narrow roads. Anything I need to watch out for? It seems that several camp grounds do not take reservation so what are the odds to get there around five or six and find a place to park or do I go elsewhere even out of the way for a sure spot?

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Old 05-13-2013, 10:10 AM   #2
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No prob with the size of your rig and the power of your truck It is similar to mine and I take that trip pretty often.

Camping spots are sometimes tough for me. Not in the larger campgrounds, such as Big Meadows or Linville Falls. Smaller ones, such as Rocky Knob, have only a few that will accommodate.

So, not sure about the Southernmost part of your trip, but you should have no problems with Linville Falls or Moses Cone (which is right at Boone).

Have a great trip. Be sure to be cautious about bicyclists heading uphill. Sometimes you will have to wait behind them all the way up - but you don't want to take a chance on being caught on the wrong side of the road when someone comes from the other direction. Just enjoy the journey. Pat

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Old 05-13-2013, 10:12 AM   #3
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I've taken my 25 footer on the BRP several times. No problem. Speed limit is 45 mph, so watch it. I don't know specifically about the stretch you're contemplating, but many areas are loaded with campgrounds, and there are also lots of scenic overlooks where you could probably nap for an hour, though not during the height of the season.

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Old 05-13-2013, 03:00 PM   #4
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Two things about your requirements, too late in day for stopping and you don't say the day of the week you are traveling. Sun to Thursday easier than Friday and Sat to find empty spaces. When we were in a small van no problem, but 31 is harder to park in spaces that were originally designed for tents or popups.
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Old 05-15-2013, 08:00 AM   #5
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hi there- last week I drove the stretch between Asheville and Boone, and it was a pain in the butt. I suggest checking the road conditions first to make sure there isn't any fog. For about 30 minutes of driving a very curvy road I could barely see the yellow stripes in front of me. Couldn't see the turn-outs either. I highly suggest stopping in Floyd VA and staying at the airstream only parkl (Highland Haven). The area looks like you're in Scotland.
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Old 05-15-2013, 08:17 AM   #6
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Gene and Elaine,
Cherokee to Boone is a short trip. As gypsybanker said, the only real challenge would be heavy fog on the Ridge, which sure puts a damper on the trip and the views. We like Bear Creek CG (takes reservations) in Asheville. Ask for a Lower Level (LL) site; we like LL 7, 8, 9, 10, or 12. Asheville Bear Creek Campground | Asheville Bear Creek RV Park & CampgroundAsheville Bear Creek RV Park & Campground | Asheville North Carolina RV Camping and chalet rental.
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Old 05-15-2013, 09:42 AM   #7
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Last year the WBCCI GA Unit did a one week end to end on the BRP. There were eleven rigs. We easily towed our 34' with the F150. We used a combination of campsites on and just off the Parkway. It was a fantastic trip.
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Old 05-19-2013, 07:17 PM   #8
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We would love to visit somewhere you all are camping! Just got back from a 10 day camping trip so unable to make it! Can you tell me where you are camping! We live outside of Asheville!

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