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Anyone ridden the Blue Ridge Parkway/Skyline end to end?

Old 11-26-14, 10:08 AM
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Anyone ridden the Blue Ridge Parkway/Skyline end to end?

I'm looking at doing the BRP + Skyline Dr next spring/summer and just curious if anyone has done it and what they found were good daily stopping points. I'm thinking we'd do about 80 miles a day since we're not carrying any gear. I think I'd be supported by sag so no real issues with having to spend overnights near the BRP but that would be preferable. We would mostly camp along with staying at the BRP Lodges plus houses of family that are not far off the BRP. Would probably need accessibility to showers daily since my sag might insist on it. I'm pretty familiar with most sections of the BRP but I haven't pieced it all together in one ride. I've seen the maps online but if anyone has any they prefer or have found really useful that would be good information to have as well. Thanks for any insights.
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Old 11-26-14, 11:46 AM
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I found this set of ridewithgps routes for the full Blue Ridge Parkway north to south in 6 days. 80 mile days have a lot of climbing! I think that lodges on the parkway need reservations well in advance.

These routes include riding off the Parkway to the day's destination.

Day 1 86 miles, 8900 feet.

Day 2 80 miles, 7500 feet.

Day 3 80 miles, 6500 feet.

Day 4 67 miles, 6800 feet.

Day 5 101 miles, 10600 feet.

Day 6 89 miles, 11500 feet.
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I haven't ridden it in twenty-eight years. At that time, it took my two female companions and me five days to ride the length of Skyline/BRP self-supported. The two biggest issues, hopefully corrected by now, were the lack of showers in the campgrounds (when we wanted more than a sink-shower, we dropped off the BRP into a town with a hotel) and the poor selections of food, none of it fresh.

The food issue was likely caused by our living in California at the time and taking fresh food for granted. It was positively embarrassing when we went into a restaurant on the BRP and my companions spied a salad bar. It was a bit like that scene from "When Harry Met Sally"; other women wanted what my companions were having.

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Riding with SAG is the way to go! I'm mostly familiar with the parts of the BRP north of Roanoke, and Skyline Drive. For that part of the BRP there's Peaks of Otter Lodge. Or camping at Otter Creek just a bit north of there.

For Skyline Drive and hotels you have Big Meadows (about MP 51) and Skyland (about MP 42 as I recall.) There is camping at Loft Mountain, Big Meadows, and Mathews Arm.

I've stayed at the Big Meadows lodge a couple of times, and it's a nice facility. Besides the rooms in the lodge itself there are nice little cabin type rooms.

For the most part if you're going to ride off the the parkway or Skyline Drive you'll have to climb a bit to get back up, but I'm sure you'll have no trouble with that. The ride down into Waynesboro at MP 0 of the Parkway and the end of Skyline Drive is easy.

Riding down into Vesuvius and back up is something you should try if your legs are still feeling it On Skyline I love the ride down into Sperryville (heading east) or Luray (heading west.) You can also ride down into Stanardsville on Rt 33, but I don't think there are any hotels there.

If you get bored with Skyline Drive proper, or you have an extra day, I recommend heading up Fort Valley (in the split between the ridges of Massanutten Mountain.)

I have a place about 15 miles off the parkway near Lexington, and you're welcome to crash. I have showers, but not much furniture yet so you'll need to break out the sleeping bags though Let me know when you're coming through, and I'd love to tag along for a few miles.

Have fun!
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I found this set of ridewithgps routes for the full Blue Ridge Parkway north to south in 6 days. 80 mile days have a lot of climbing! I think that lodges on the parkway need reservations well in advance.

These routes include riding off the Parkway to the day's destination.

Day 1 86 miles, 8900 feet.

Day 2 80 miles, 7500 feet.

Day 3 80 miles, 6500 feet.

Day 4 67 miles, 6800 feet.

Day 5 101 miles, 10600 feet.

Day 6 89 miles, 11500 feet.


This is perfect!!! The end of day destinations are exactly the same areas I was planning on so I don't need to do much tweaking to this at all. I had planned to stay at Peaks of Otter, Boone and Asheville and those align with what he had done. There is a lot of climbing the last two days but I've done all those sections........just not on back to back days. Now I just need to look at possibilities for water stops. I had not thought about looking at online routing sites so thanks again. The hard part is just getting my sag and the other person to agree on the same week for doing it..... hopefully schedules will align.
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