Expert Travel Advice to Blue Ridge Parkway

Top Answers To Blue Ridge Parkway Travel Questions

  • Anonymous user asked:
    Anonymous user answered:
    Yes it does.
  • Anonymous user answered:
    It takes about 5 hours. It's about 300 miles.
  • Alistair answered:
    By my calculation, it's about five miles from Asheville to the U.S. Highway 74 junction with the Blue Ridge Parkway (milepost 384.7). From there, you'll wind your way up the BRP to the junction with U.S. Highway 21 (milepost 229); take US-21 northwest through Sparta, NC, and continue on to Wytheville. That's about 41 miles. So in total, you're looking at a mileage of 201.7 miles!
  • Alistair answered:
    That's a long trip, no doubt, and taking the "scenic" route will certainly add some time to your journey. Instead of following the I-95 corridor via Washington and Richmond, you might want to take I-66 from DC over toward I-81. One option, from there, would be to head up to Shenandoah National Park and drive part or all if its Skyline Drive (some nice lodges and campgrounds up there, too). This precedes the start of the Blue Ridge Parkway and is an equally pretty drive (depending on when you're going, it can also get a bit slow with traffic!). Another option might be to cut over to Asheville from Greensboro, NC, and spend a night or two there. This will put you close to the Smoky Mountains and within easy range of some nice day hikes and drives (such as Linn Cove Viaduct on Grandfather Mountain). From Asheville, it's not too far to get back on I-85 and truck it down to the Panhandle via Atlanta.

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