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Old 08-08-2014, 02:15 PM   #15
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We did the entire stretch a few years ago. 45 mph speed limit it's a welcome relief from interstate
limits. We took 3 days and enjoyed every mile. Saw a fair amount of wildlife, including bobcat and black bear and some of the smallest malnourished white tail deer I've ever seen.

You might also consider the Natchez Trace from Nashville, Tennessee to Natchez,Mississippi.

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Old 08-08-2014, 04:26 PM   #16
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I've done the full length of skyline/blue ridge on a motorcycle. Question....are the tunnels any issue with an airstream?
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Old 08-08-2014, 08:41 PM   #17
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I don't remember the lowest tunnel, but I think its near Ashville, North Carolina. Every thing is still on the trailer that belongs there.
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Old 08-08-2014, 08:50 PM   #18
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Worst thing that could happen is you might run over some of those noisy Harleys.

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Old 08-08-2014, 09:14 PM   #19
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I don't think I'd want to take our Airstream up to the parking lot on Mount Mitchell...not because one couldn't, but just because I don't want to! It's scary enough in a big van on the way up!
But the parkway is worth it to anyone who has not been on it.
So is Arkansas' Scenic Highway 7 through the Ozarks...but both are slow drives and in the case of Highway 7, not a lot of places to pull off with a 32 foot trailer. For small trailers, it would be a great drive. And like the Blue Ridge, it's ok for big trailers and motorhomes - but equipment in good shape and an experienced Airstream Driver (like the song) is a good idea on the Blue Ridge and lots of other mountainous roads. In my mind, it's worth it!
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Went up to Mt Mitchell w/o AS in tow, worth the trip we got lucky and sky was clear. WOW
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Old 08-10-2014, 09:05 PM   #21
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Do any off you people remember or know what the clearance of the last tunnel is on the south end of the Blue Ridge?
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I have driven the BR Parkway extensively. The south end tunnel "Bunches Bald" (mile marker 459) between Route 19 and terminus at Cherokee has the lowest clearance at 10’6” above the road edge and 18'4" above the centerline.

Stick to the Parkway (avoid side trip roads like Mt. Mitchell) and use the dual entrance overlooks but keep a close eye on the weather. When the fog hits, you can barely see the centerline and will regret being on the road.

If you have a smart phone, get the free Blue Ridge Parkway travel planning app from the Play or App Store. It will be a great companion along the route.
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In 2012 our unit had a caravan which traveled the full length of the Parkway. We covered every inch of the road with our F150 pulling a 34'. We didn't even feel any concerns on the Parkway. That said, there are some places like "little Switzerland" which are challenging if you get off the parkway at that point. We did exit the parkway frequently for fuel and overnight camping.
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Old 08-12-2014, 09:11 AM   #24
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I would like to travel some or all of the Blue Ridge Parkway starting at the southern end. I have a 1976 thirty one foot. I have a 2500 diesel TV so I think I have enough pulling and stopping power. My concern is clearance both top and side. Should I be concerned of meeting something in a sharp curve or side clearance . I want to go but don't want to put any dimples in my AS.
If you have the opportunity to go, do it!!!!! You will be glad you did!
People travel the Blue Ridge Parkway every day towing their trailers and have no problems. Just pay attention and go slow enough to enjoy it. You will be fine.

I remember seeing one sign at an entry to a tunnel near the south end of the BRP that says to ride near the center line due to low height. But I also remember that I was following a motor home that went through successfully. Height will not be an issue for an Airstream trailer in the tunnels if you stay in the traffic lane and do not drive in the bicycle lane.

The tunnels have a bicycle lane one each side of the normal traffic lanes. The traffic lanes are normal widths. If you stay in your lane you will not have any issues with side clearance.

The problem I have had; at times there are a few places where branches overhang and touch the top of the trailer. The maintenance crews generally keep the branches trimmed out of the way, but not all the time. I missed seeing one and cracked my AC shroud.

Curves on the parkway are not an issue. When you enter or leave the parkway on some county roads there could be a problem. If you start down the county roads you may have to go all the way down on steep unpaved curvy roads, there is no place to turn around. On the state and US highways, generally, the access is good. When it is not, you will see that the roads have signs that clearly tell you if you should go or not.

We are close enough to the BRP that we sometimes ride up there for a day trip, a picnic lunch and an afternoon of coolness, at least a couple times per month in the summer. We camp on the BRP often during the summer, From Peaks of Otter to Pisgah Mountain. Julian Price is one of our favorites, since we can canoe on the lake. We have towed the full length of the Skyline and the BRP many times towing a 30' Excella wide body.

It is all beautiful, but the south end from the Smoky Mountains to Cumberland Knob is my favorite for the views. The south end has the higher elevations. As you leave NC and enter Virginia the elevation drops from 5,000 to 6,000 down to 2,000 to 3,000 above sea level. In summer the temperature on the south end of the BRP is very pleasant, normally in the upper 70's to low 80's for the high temperature. We were at Julian Price a few weeks ago, where it got down into the 40's at night.
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I agree completely with Alan's assessment of traveling the BRP with an Airstream.

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Old 08-23-2014, 12:44 PM   #26
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I second Dan's recommendation on Loft Mountain. The spaces at LM are much larger than those at Big Meadows. There are no hookups at either place but you don't need A/C anyway. The Skyline Drive and The Blue Ridge Parkway are both beautiful but taking it slow and easy is important. 35 to 40 MPH is fine but it's not an interstate but the scenery isn't interstate scenery either.
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Loft Mountain is gorgeous. the deer wander through your camp site. We endured a thunderstorm up there back in '99. We abandoned the tents and tried to sleep in the car. We were car camping. T storms in the mountains are awe inspiring.
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Old 08-26-2014, 10:39 PM   #28
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I was on the Blue Ridge Parkway today to scope out camping at Sherando Lake for this Labor Day weekend. I went through a tunnel at mm 43. Here 1s a photo.

All the electric sites at Sherando are filled but there are some first come non electric sites that are great for Airstreams less than 25 ft. Specifically sites 22, 23 and 28-32 are prime sites and are still available for this weekend. We will be on site 30 starting tomorrow.

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