Skyline Drive and Blue Ridge Parkway March 23 - 30
Replies: 7 - Last Post: Mar 6, 2013 4:10 AM Last Post By: SoloHobo
Mar 5, 2013 2:03 PM
Skyline Drive and Blue Ridge Parkway March 23 - 30Hi everyone,
I'm new to this forum, hope you guys can point me in the right direction.
Start March 23rd, I'm planning a week long family trip to the Skyline Driver and Blue Ridge Parkway. We'll be driving up from Jacksonville, FL. This trip will be relaxing, no hurry and if a week is not enough, we'll continue it some other time.
The only thing we would like to visit are a couple of winerys, caves, short hikes to waterfalls, popular landmarks. I would like this to be a trip the kids can enjoy. 15 and 8 yr old boys. Other than that, just relax and take our time.
If you were to do a trip like this, how would you do it? Can you recommend sites to visit? I'm just starting my research on the web.
Thanks in advance,
Mar 5, 2013 2:36 PM
1I've done Skyline Drive recently enough to remember it. Haven't done BRP since i was a kid.
Both of them are "traced" by nearby I-81 giving you an opportunity to climb down and drive fast on the interstate if you need to make time or the weather gets bad etc..
My one regret about SD is that I spent too much time driving and should have spent more time "climbing down" and taking "mini-hikes" to see waterfalls and geological features.
Luray Caverns is a popular cave and outdoor maze (it's near the northern terminus.) Somewhere near the middle of SD is a place called Big Meadow which has some interesting side hikes to various waterfalls and geological features.
Since I haven't done the whole thing, I cannot tell you those are the BEST places to go, but I can tell you my family still talks about them. Of course, they also talk about the fact that we lost the cooler because I left the back gate open.
Mar 5, 2013 2:38 PM
Mar 5, 2013 5:03 PM
My picks would be (roughly south to north):
VA caves and caverns.
Luray is the best.
Near Luray is the Luray Zoo. It's worth an hour or two.
Waterfalls are numerous. Most require a moderate to strenuous hike. A few, like Dark Hollow, are close to the road.
I suggest picking these out when you get there.
Mar 5, 2013 6:06 PM
Mar 5, 2013 7:31 PM
5We have planned a similar week (19-25 May) - and this is our schedule:
• Night 1 - Marietta GA (having flown San Francisco > Atlanta that day)
• Night 2 - Cherokee NC (was to be Gatlinburg, but Hwy 441 across Great Smoky Mountains NP is closed)
• Night 3 - Linville Falls (after Biltmore Estate and Asheville NC)
• Night 4 - Hotel Floyd (because we were advised it's a nice town, and a nice hotel)
• Night 5 - Lexington VA - ditto - plus it is the right distance for us
• Night 6 - Luray VA (after Charlottesville and Monticello)
• Night 7 - Maryland (after Luray Caverns, the Car Museum, Shenandoah NP, and Harpers Ferry)
Almost the entire trip from Cherokee to Harpers Ferry is on the BRP and Skyline Drive. If you have an additional day, I would spend it in GSMNP (North Carolina side), before going on the BRP to Asheville. Hope that helps.
Mar 6, 2013 12:46 AM
6if you get the chance try to see the Natural Bridge between Lexington and Roanoake, its amazing and waterfalls as well. and also the Mabry Mill is a good stop,
Mar 6, 2013 4:10 AM
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