Note: The Parkway announced on March 12 that the campgrounds would not open until May 16 this year - a week later than last year and after our trip!
They also let me know that there will be a detour around Mt. Mitchell from MP 340 to MP 380. This is the same detour that I did 3 years ago on a
northbound trip, so it is familiar. As a result of these two changes, I have reworked the schedule to use private campgrounds and a few motels when no campgrounds
are available. They daily mileage is about the same and I think that it looks like a great trip. And we get hot showers every night! What a change!
Blue Ridge Parkway Bicycle Trip - Tentative Schedule
May 4 - 13, 2008
Reference: Bicycling the Blue Ridge, 4th Edition, by Elizabeth & Charlie Skinner (ISBN: 0-89732-301-7)
Day 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Date Sun, May 4 Mon, May 5 Tues, May 6 Wed, May 7 Thurs, May 8 Fri, May 9 Sat, May 10
Miles/Day 51 54 61+1 = 62 60+1 = 62 56+2 = 58 64 or 70 57+4=61
Climb/Day 4802 6322 6435 5617 6660
Start Milepost 0 51 0 61 121 177 241 or 247
Start Location Super 8 Motel Big Meadows Inn at Afton Wildwood Quality Inn - Meadows of Dan Bluff's Lodge &
Front Royal, VA Campground (800) 860-8559 Campground Tanglewood Campground Millers Campground
End Milepost 51 105/0 61 121 177 241 or 247 299
End Location Big Meadows Inn at Afton Wildwood Quality Inn - Meadows of Dan Bluffs Lodge or Grandfather Mtn
Campground (800) 860-8559 Campground Tanglewood Campground - $18 Millers Camping Campground
# tent sites 217 74 ??? 110 129
End Campgr. Pay showers Restaurant at motel ($). Showers, laundry, Western Sizzlin Showers, laundry. Showers, laundry Showers, laundry
Facilities Restaurant, lodge, Other restaurants in small camp store. next door. Nearby Mabry at Millers Camping. Exit BRP at MP299
large camp store, Waynesboro (3 steep miles Walmart, stores, Mill (MP 176) has Bluff's Lodge R on Holloway Mtn
800-365-CAMP downhill). restaurants nearby restaurant & store Coffee Shop at Rd. After 2.2 mi turn
or reserve on line Mayberry Trading MP 241. Open R on Church Rd.
Post (MP 180) 7:30am - 7:30pm. After 0.7 mi ….
Camp. Phone 540-999-3500 540-943-9573 (434) 299 5125 (540) 992-2076 276-952-2292 336-372-4499 828-963-7275
Meadows of Dan C. Bluff's Lodge Grandfather Mtn C.
Directions Big Meadows is on The Inn is on the top Exit left from BRP 1.5 mi on 220N Exit BRP MP 177 Bluff's Lodge on BRP … R on NC-105.
the Skyline Drive of the hill above the near MP61 to 130S. Heavy traffic. Ride on take 58W 0.25 mi Millers Camping After 0.8 mi turn
Great campground! visitor center at MP0. 1 mile to Wildwood shoulder 1 mile to visible on BRP R on Riverside Dr.
Campground. feeder road on right. at MP 247
Other Super 8 Motel Afton Mountain Visitor Otter Creek Campg. Apple Valley Motel Poor Farmers Mkt Bluff's Lodge MP 298.6 - Left
campgrounds 111 South St. Center near entrances to MP60. No showers, 0.3 mi E of BRP on in Meadows of Dan simple but nice on Holloway Mtn
or facilities Front Royal, VA BRP/Skyline Drive. Great but restaurant (open 220 S near MP121 - nice stop for fruit 336-372-4744 Rd. Less than 1
(540) 636-4888 place to gather to start ride. until 6pm) 540-989-0675 and snacks. (reservations mile to US 221 for
From motel take Loft Mountain (MP79.5) Opens May 16 R at MP120 onto Mabry Mill rest. recommended) a few stores, incl.
South St (55) to 340. has a store/grill (burgers, Mill Mtn Rd to at MP 176 (not Doughton Park Grandfather Mtn
L on 340, 1 mile to sandwiches) Roanoke Mtn Camp. open for dinner). Campgr at MP 239. Market
the Skyline Drive. Waynesboro N 340 Camp: (1.2 miles) Blue Ridge Motel Opens May 16. Julian Price Campgr.
Tough, but nice Exit at end of Skyline Dr Opens May 16 MP 180 ($40 for No showers.
detour to Luray: N on US250 (3.3 mi) McFarland RV Park two double beds) Opens May 16.
Exit MP31.5 (10 mi R on US340 (4.7 mi) 7 miles off BRP from Blowing Rock
RT, 2000 ft climb) Showers, camp store. MP105 MP291.9, MP294.6
Breakfast Restaurant in Front Cook in camp (or Big Motel or Cook in camp Restaurants near Cook in camp or Bluff's Lodge &
Royal Meadows Lodge) Waynesboro motel iff restaurants Coffee Shop
Lunch Pack lunch Pack lunch and/or eat at Loft Pack lunch - MP29 Lunch at Peaks of Pack lunch Pack lunch Pack lunch
Mtn - MP79.5 Whetstone Ridge Otter Rest (MP86)
Dinner Big Meadows Lodge Motel restaurant ($) or drive Cook in camp Restaurants near Cook in camp or Bluff's Lodge or Cook in camp or 8
to Waynesb. w Tod's friends motel iffy restaurants cook in camp mi to Blowing Rock
Notes * In case of emergency, contact 1-800-727-5928 (1-800-Park Watch). This is a 24-hour central dispatch. Just let them
know the milepost (MP) number and they will contact the nearest ranger on duty.
d after our trip!
motels when no campgrounds
8 9 10
Sun, May 11 Mon, May 12 Tues, May 13
46+30 = 76 28+25 = 53 61
4680 7860 6225
298 25 mi to 380 408
Grandfather Mtn Catawba Falls Mt. Pigsah Inn
Campground Campground Campground
344 then 30 miles 408 469
Catawba Falls Mt. Pigsah Inn Best Western in
Campground (reservation needed) Cherokee, NC
71 70 ???
No showers. Showers?? Numerous motels,
Snack bar and Camp Store, laundry, campgrounds,
store (open 10-6 restaurant, pay Best Western is next
weekdays and to Hardees (see below)
8-6 weekends) 828/648-2644 River Valley
(campground) Campground is nice.
(828) 668-4831 828-235-8228 (828) 497-2020
Catawba Falls Camp. (Pigsah Inn) (Best Western)
Detailed cue sheet On the BRP L on 441 at end of
to be provided BRP-Meet at Hardees
later. (1 mi) to regroup.
(1607 Acquiona Rd)
Crabtree Meadows MP408.6 - Mt. Meet at Hardees.
Camp. MP339 Pigsah Inn (rooms There are plenty of
Opens May 16 not likely to be restaurants for a
No showers. available without victory dinner!
MP334.0 - 226A reservations) - nice River Valley
to Little Switzerland restaurant, phone Campground is also
MP331.0 - 6 miles Note: Campground a nice option for
on 226 to Spruce showers were to be those that wish
Pine, NC installed in 2006, but to camp.
Linville Falls many delays.
Camp. MP 316.4 Maybe in 2008?
(828) 765 6082 (more on this later)
Cook in camp Cook in camp Mt. Pisgah restaurant
Pack lunch Restaurants near end Pack lunch
of detour (30 mi)
Cook in camp Dinner at Mt. Pisgah Victory dinner in
Inn Restaurant Cherokee, NC