Skyline Drive Trip and BR Parkway


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Skyline Drive Trip and BR Parkway

Post by edaddy0 » Sat Mar 02, 2019 9:18 am



My wife and are planning a trip late April to travel to Front Royal Virginia and ride Skyline Drive to where the Parkway begins and take the parkway to Ashe County. Any suggestions for places to see along the way or places to stay? We are hoping to camp along our way instead of staying in hotels or motels.


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Re: Skyland Drive Trip and BR Parkway

Post by C-dub » Sat Mar 02, 2019 11:33 am

I hope my wife and I will be making this same trip within the next two years, so I’ll be watching for others’ suggestions.

Until I actually make the trip my only suggestion so far is to make sure you’re looking for “Skyline Dr.” and not “Skyland Dr.” This could have been an auto-correct issue, but just wanted to make sure.
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Re: Skyland Drive Trip and BR Parkway

Post by edaddy0 » Sat Mar 02, 2019 11:47 am

Thanks, it was. Just saw this.

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Re: Skyline Drive Trip and BR Parkway

Post by thecruiser » Sat Mar 30, 2019 5:55 am

Made the trip down the Skyline Dr and the Blue Ridge Parkway,... WOW, 12 years ago already.
Taking a full week is doable, any less and you might as well take the X-way.

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Re: Skyline Drive Trip and BR Parkway

Post by BlueThunder » Tue Apr 02, 2019 8:12 am

Download the Blue Ridge Parkway app. It has everything that you need.
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Re: Skyline Drive Trip and BR Parkway

Post by edaddy0 » Fri May 03, 2019 5:12 pm

Thanks, it was an awesome trip. We me new friends and had a great time. Weather mostly fantastic except for some popup thunderstorms. Cant wait to do it again. There was a lot of damaged trees along the roadside both on Skyline Drive and the Parkway, but it was all open.

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Re: Skyline Drive Trip and BR Parkway

Post by C-dub » Fri May 03, 2019 5:29 pm

thecruiser wrote:
Sat Mar 30, 2019 5:55 am
Made the trip down the Skyline Dr and the Blue Ridge Parkway,... WOW, 12 years ago already.
Taking a full week is doable, any less and you might as well take the X-way.
A full week? I don't know when we'll get over to do this and some other great roads, but just riding it for the scenery isn't good enough?

I realize there is much more to see than just to ride through, but I haven't retired yet.
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Re: Skyline Drive Trip and BR Parkway

Post by thecruiser » Mon May 06, 2019 2:14 pm

C-dub,
Skyline Drive is only 105 miles long but the max speed limit is 35mph.
The BRP, however, is 469 miles. The max speed limit is 45mph and in congested areas (there are a lot of them) the speed limit is 25mph.
If you take less than a week, you'll be shorting yourself. Better to maybe only plan on Riding a portion of the BRP and enjoy the rest another time.
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Re: Skyline Drive Trip and BR Parkway

Post by C-dub » Mon May 06, 2019 10:44 pm

thecruiser wrote:
Mon May 06, 2019 2:14 pm
C-dub,
Skyline Drive is only 105 miles long but the max speed limit is 35mph.
The BRP, however, is 469 miles. The max speed limit is 45mph and in congested areas (there are a lot of them) the speed limit is 25mph.
If you take less than a week, you'll be shorting yourself. Better to maybe only plan on Riding a portion of the BRP and enjoy the rest another time.
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Okay. Good to know. I hadn't read about much an issue with any congestion before.
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Re: Skyline Drive Trip and BR Parkway

Post by edaddy0 » Thu May 09, 2019 7:53 pm

We ran into very little traffic on both Skyline and the BRP. There is a lot of tree damage on both but roads were clear. We road as far South as Fancy Gap. We completed our ride of the BRP, as we have done it all in sections. We did all of Skyline North to South and will do it again, South to North at a later date. Cost to get on Skyline is $25 and that is a 7 day pass, just hang on to your receipt. Well worth the money. I will get pics up later, just been too busy since getting back to the grind.

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Re: Skyline Drive Trip and BR Parkway

Post by thecruiser » Thu May 09, 2019 8:04 pm

Skyline Drive is a National Park. If you have a Senior Pass, No further cost to drive it. Just show your Pass.

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Re: Skyline Drive Trip and BR Parkway

Post by Spence » Thu May 23, 2019 8:12 pm

Did my first ride from north of Philly to Charlottesville last year. Took one day to get to Front Royal, all back roads, then the Skyline drive the next. 105 miles of sweet twisties. Did it midweek so no problems with traffic and never did see any speed enforcement but still didn't go much over 45mph. Have a senior park pass so free. Did this on my BMW so can't wait to try it on the wing this year.
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Re: Skyline Drive Trip and BR Parkway

Post by miner999r » Tue Jun 25, 2019 9:17 pm

Almost made it to Skyline Drive and the BRP. Did 5,950 miles. Left Saskatchwan on June 6th, went to Sudbury Ont. to visit friends via Lake Superior North shore. Down to USA through Niagara Falls on June 15th. Drove all quiet 2ndy roads through New York, and Pennsylvania to Harper's Ferry. Very nice country side scenery. People were great and very friendly.

The trip was dicey weather wise the whole way. Stayed a couple of days at Harpers Ferry, went to Gettysburg but the forecasts were not good so cut the trip at the door step so to speak. Took 5 days to get home via US side on interstate highways and just got home this afternoon. Threaded the needle through thunder storms all the way, put on rain gear several times. Next time I will go in early Sept. I did the trip in 1978 early Sept. and had great weather, so that is my main recommendation.

This was my first long trip on the 05 wing. A nice machine but it is a handful in the cross winds. Had to put some serious lean in to just stay on the road. I don't recall my Harley being affected that much and my former 04 Yamaha Venture had no problem with winds. 75% of the trip seemed to require significant cross wind steering / lean input and it was physically taxing. I wonder how the new 2018 model wings handle cross winds.
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Re: Skyline Drive Trip and BR Parkway

Post by tamathumper » Wed Jun 26, 2019 6:46 am

Yes, we've had bad weather in the NorthEast all year - high winds and heavy rains. Sorry you didn't make it to the BRP.

The GL1800 doesn't have any holes you can see through, so it's like a sheet of plywood in a crosswind. Everything is covered up by side covers, saddlebags, and the front shelter.


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