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Old 01-28-2010, 07:27 AM   #15
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Thanks for all the great ideas. This is a big help. We will have just finished ALUMAPALOOZA in June at Jackson Center, Ohio. Then off to visit relatives in W. Va. THEN we will be traveling toward home (to FL) by way of the BRP. SO by the time we get to the BRP we will be ready to slow the roll on our travels. We prefer the low key kinda places and no hook-ups are not a concern. We have towed between Helen & Hiawassee (Top of Ga.) and know to expect worse as far as white knuckle road conditions. Gzzzzz ..... to many places and things to see and never enough time.

Chime in with any other suggestions . . . We want to know about the GOOD, the BAD and the UGLY.

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Old 01-28-2010, 07:41 AM   #16
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If you are near the Cumberland Gap area, there is a fantastic Museum of Appalachia there. There are many original log structures and will be a living pioneer village during the summer.
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Old 01-28-2010, 09:16 AM   #17
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It is a beautiful drive, but not an easy one - especially for a 31 footer. There are few straight and level places, so you will always be trying to manage your speed, especially on the downhills.

Don't get me wrong- it is a Great American Drive and I love it with all my heart. The drive is about 450 miles. 3 -5 days won't be much fun, I'm afraid. I think you'd enjoy a slice of it much more than trying to cram the whole thing in at once. But happy travels nonetheless.

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Old 01-28-2010, 02:27 PM   #18
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My favorite stretch is right where it starts in Cherokee. Lots of tunnels and views around every corner.

We camped at Bear Den, and some place in Cherokee when we went a few years ago. great trip! We're going to do it again either this year or next.

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Old 01-29-2010, 03:18 PM   #19
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Top of GA is a little over an hour from the Parkway, south of Waynesville. The drive south, through Hiawassee is beautiful. We took that route last summer after Madison.

We'd love to have you at the TOP!
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Old 01-31-2010, 12:38 AM   #20
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I found at the library (free to use for a month):Frommer's Exploring America by RV. They have some pretty good info on BRP.
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Old 01-31-2010, 08:18 AM   #21
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We dove the Parkway back in 2007 on July 4th....big mistake! Everyone that owned a convertible or motorcycle was on it....lots of people and no place to pull off and park.

We thought it might be like the Natche Trace Parkway and it is sort of, except you are traveling along a ridge and there are very few place to get on and off the Parkway. The views are great and the speed limit is 45 MPH, just a lot of planning before you get on it....
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I never drive ANYwhere if I can help it on busy long weekends like that. It re-defines the meaning of pain.
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Blue Ridge Parkway

Try this : Virtual Blue Ridge Parkway Guide

I can recommend Julian Price Memorial Park (and campgrounds) at Mile 295. Close to Boone and Blowing Rock, NC.

Also Linville Falls at Mile 316. Both are on the Parkway.
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dghaas,

Check out www.vahighlandhaven.org as it's a great place to stop when on the parkway trip. The folks there are all 'streamers' and a better bunch you couldn't hope to find.
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Be aware that length can be limited at some of the national park campgrounds along the route. We were towing a 24 fter towed by a long wheel base van when we went and were challenged at some of the campgrounds to find a site we could fit into. A 31 fter would be harder, unless you got off the road earlier in the afternoon. We didn't do any of the private campgrounds at the time so I don't have any knowledge of those. Smokey Mountain Nat'l Park has some beautiful campsites, and you would fit, despite some of the literature that says you can't.
Keep to the speed limit on the parkway, because some of those curves will surprise you!

It's beautiful, have fun!

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We were towing a 34' with a crew-cab pickup and it was a challenge most of the route.
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We've been on the southern end of the BRP so that's all I can talk about. We've been to the Cherokee area a couple of times. If you are looking to camp there, I'd suggest either Smokemont Campground in the Great Smoky Natl Park (no hookups) which is right near the entrance of the BRP or River Valley Campground in Cherokee (riverside sites are great but no reason to stay there otherwise). At milepost 408 we like the Mt Pisgah Campground. No hookups but the elevation is 5,000 feet - nice and cool in the summer. While camped there, take an expedition to Sliding Rock. Sliding Rock is down Highway 276 from the intersection of milepost 412, about 6 miles towards Brevard. Google it to see if its something you're interested in. I've done it - it's fun! The only other thing I'll comment on is the Biltmore in Asheville. It's worth seeing. I can't recommend a place to camp near there. We stayed at a commercial campground but I'm sure there is something closer to the BRP.

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