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+2 Ashville. Don't miss the Biltmore house/castle
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I love the BRP ....on a motorcycle, it's beautiful it's spectacular

and it would be a "hellova" lot of work in a big motor home.
Like others have already said many tight blind corners,
steep grades and low hanging branches

If you're going to go anyway, avoid the weekends,
southern section is steeper, with more tight turns and many tunnels.
Skyline drive (the northern 100 miles) is not suitable for an RV.

Best time for peak colors is usually the 2nd-3rd week of October, depends on the rain and frost.
I've seen big RV's on the parkway,
usually with a dozen or more cars behind them waiting for them to use the next turnout.

Access from Cherokee or Maggie Valley is do-able,
but that's also where all the traffic is.
there are some main roads that access the BRP near Asheville,
there are some other exits that have signs "tight curves and steep grades"
believe those signs.
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I love the BRP ....on a motorcycle, it's beautiful it's spectacular

and it would be a "hellova" lot of work in a big motor home.
Like others have already said many tight blind corners,
steep grades and low hanging branches

If you're going to go anyway, avoid the weekends,
southern section is steeper, with more tight turns and many tunnels.
Skyline drive (the northern 100 miles) is not suitable for an RV.

Best time for peak colors is usually the 2nd-3rd week of October, depends on the rain and frost.
I've seen big RV's on the parkway,
usually with a dozen or more cars behind them waiting for them to use the next turnout.

Access from Cherokee or Maggie Valley is do-able,
but that's also where all the traffic is.
there are some main roads that access the BRP near Asheville,
there are some other exits that have signs "tight curves and steep grades"
believe those signs.
What Hans said. Tour the parkway with a car or Motorcycle.
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One park that may interest you is:
Cross Creek RV Park, Maggie Valley NC
www.xcreekrv.com
35°31'08.6"N 83°03'38.8"W

Your first week is FREE!!!
Short ride to BRP.
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Cross Creek CG in Maggie Valley, NC owned by WoGGers Jon and Debbie Clegg would be
a great place to stay!
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The parkway is fine. I see lots of Motorhomes. It's the access roads to and from the parkway that will get you. If you get on in Asheville at 191 or 74 and go to Maggie Valley or Cherokee that would be your best bet. You will pass the highest and lowest spot on the parkway as well as Pisgah Inn which is a great lunch or dinner spot. There are several tunnels but clearance is at least 13.0.

But I agree, Park the bus and take the TOAD. You can do the trip I mentioned in a day easy. ... and cross creek RV park is great. Just remember everything closes after Halloween.
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Hans,
I have driven the Skyline drive from beginning to end in my '84 FC, and into the Blue Ridge Pkwy, until I had to get off due to a fire on the roadway...



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I love the BRP ....on a motorcycle, it's beautiful it's spectacular

and it would be a "hellova" lot of work in a big motor home.
Like others have already said many tight blind corners,
steep grades and low hanging branches

If you're going to go anyway, avoid the weekends,
southern section is steeper, with more tight turns and many tunnels.
Skyline drive (the northern 100 miles) is not suitable for an RV.

Best time for peak colors is usually the 2nd-3rd week of October, depends on the rain and frost.
I've seen big RV's on the parkway,
usually with a dozen or more cars behind them waiting for them to use the next turnout.

Access from Cherokee or Maggie Valley is do-able,
but that's also where all the traffic is.
there are some main roads that access the BRP near Asheville,
there are some other exits that have signs "tight curves and steep grades"
believe those signs.
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Also, here are a couple of pics on the Skyline drive;





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awesome buddy!!!!!!!!!! i did it on a panhead 1 time no more
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Just to clarify guys, I never said it couldn't be done,
I just said it would be a lot of work.

Woody will agree, it's still a lot of work even on a motorcycle.

I moved from Michigan for Florida in 1980, every fall I rode my motorcycle back to visit the family,
usually late September early October to maximize the leaf peeping pleasure,
it always involved the parkway,
sometimes all of it, other times parts of it, both directions,
depending on the weather and the "Fog"

I never get tired of that road.

When I was younger they were Harleys as I grew wiser BMW's.
My wife used to love to ride, we've been everywhere.

Then in 2006 I hit an Elk a hundred miles north of Boise,
totaled the bike, hospitalized both of us for a while.

We got a new bike, did balloon fest the next year
and Vermont/NH the year after
when a deer ran out in front of the car I was following,
the wife vomited at 60mph, that was the end of riding for her.

I still love my bike but it's not as much fun without her,
I'm hoping the Wanderlodge will "bring back the magic"
we once had traveling together.
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