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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 02-17-2017, 03:07 PM Thread Starter
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Skyline Drive & Blue Ridge Parkway ride time

For those of you have rode the Skyline Drive and the Blue Ridge Parkway I have a simple question. How many hours would it take on a midweek trip to ride from Front Royal, Virginia to Asheville, North Carolina without making side trips and stopping only for fuel and food?

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You may be looking at 12-14 hours from Front Royal to Asheville, depending on traffic.
Speed limits are very low and are aggressively enforced. Also there are no gas stations on either road. You will have to exit the roadway and return. Oh, there are no signs indicating where to get gas, so get a GPS. There are also precious few food stops actually along the parkway.

It seems like a wonderful trip to do the whole thing but 500 miles of slow turns and lots of trees can make you crazy.
Rt 221 runs kinda parallel to BRP in sections and you can jump on and off the BRP to make some time. If you get rain Rt 81 sucks but it can save some time as well.

Wait a day or so and some of our Southern friends can give you specific on and off spots.

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You may be looking at 12-14 hours from Front Royal to Asheville, depending on traffic.
Speed limits are very low and are aggressively enforced. Also there are no gas stations on either road. You will have to exit the roadway and return. Oh, there are no signs indicating where to get gas, so get a GPS. There are also precious few food stops actually along the parkway.

It seems like a wonderful trip to do the whole thing but 500 miles of slow turns and lots of trees can make you crazy.
Rt 221 runs kinda parallel to BRP in sections and you can jump on and off the BRP to make some time. If you get rain Rt 81 sucks but it can save some time as well.

Wait a day or so and some of our Southern friends can give you specific on and off spots.

ENJOY the RIDE!
I agree Speed limit 35 & Traffic enforcement of said limit can will add more time and don't forget - Lot's of campers to ride behind& P breaks

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Nice ride but can get a little monotonous after a while if you're not making stops and taking in some of the views. It is about 500 miles with a maximum speed limit of 45, slower in some places. The times I have rode it I've done it over the course of a couple days taking time to enjoy the sites. I personally wouldn't recommend riding it straight through.
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Skyline Drive is 105 miles with a 35 mph speed limit and the BRP is 469 miles with a 45 mph speed limit for 99% of it. I have ridden them numerous times. I could not imagine riding it without stopping at some of the overlooks to grab a photo or 2 or just taking in the views. Given that, it is hard to put a time on the ride. As mentioned gas and food are few and far between though Skyline has a couple, Big Meadows and Skyland come to mind on Skyline. On the BRP you do have to jump off but as mentioned a GPS will get you to them without really going too far out of your way. It is meant to be ridden slowly to enjoy and I would not attempt to do it with a gotta get there mindset.
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Like others said, "Don't try to do it in a day". Stop & smell the roses. It's a beautiful ride.
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The times I've driven all off BRP it took 2 days. I drove Skyline once and don't plan to do that one again. Just didn't care for it. Even the north part of BRP is "less interesting" to me. I like the southern part a lot better. Last 2 times never made it across the NC border. Just my opinion.

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I normally ride like the OP asked, stop for gas and quick bite, site see from my saddle. I rode from Pittsburgh to southern end of Skyline (Skyline was closed at the time I think it was a National Park budget thing can't remember) by Waynesboro then down BRP to Boone in one day, but arrived pretty late in Boone, around midnight just shy of 600 mi. I think this would be similar to going from Front Roya to Asheville. Spent a few hours riding along BRP at night, wasn't a good plan, saw a lot of deer on road and it was pitch black. Be careful of dusk and dawn with the animals. Its a long day with all the sweepers. I 'd skip Skyline, its boring compared to rest of ride.

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Thanks to all for the good information! I'll plan to skip the Skyline and try to schedule two days for the rest.

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Thanks to all for the good information! I'll plan to skip the Skyline and try to schedule two days for the rest.

I done that trip 2 time . North to south got there about 11am and had to stop fro the night in Roanoke Va. Got up the next day and had breakfast at Mabry Mill you got to stop there and try the sweet potato they are real good. also at the exit at mile marker 213 there is a store that was made in 1978 with some good Barq. Next night was in Asheville. Next morning was a ride to Cherokee. The nicest part of the ride is Cherokee to where the Blue Ridge Parkway cross Rt77 that's the must see apart of the whole trip. I can't wait to doing it again.
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