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BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY (Page 10)
Chimney Rock, 20 Minute Cliff, Humpback Rocks

Mileposts 45-0

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Page 1 (MPs 400s)
  
Smokemont Campground
  Waterrock Knob
  Mount Pisgah CG

Page 2 (MPs 390-340)
  Asheville, NC
     Asheville KOA East
     Biltmore Estate
     Chimney Rock
  Craggy Gardens
  Crabtree Meadows CG

Page 3 (MPs 316-304)
  Linville Falls CG
  Grandfather CG
  Grandfather Mountain

  Linn Cove Viaduct

Page 4 (MPs 297-294)
  Julian Price CG
  Moses Cone Park

Page 5 (MP 292 exit)
  Boone
  KOA Boone
  Village of Blowing Rock
  Blowing Rock Attraction
  Mast General Store

Page 6 (MPs 291-190)
  West Jefferson
  Church of the Frescoes
  RiverCampUSA
  Virginia Creeper Trail

Page 7 (MPs 217-176)
  Puckett Cabin
  Meadows of Dan CG
  Mabry Mill
  Mayberry Campground
  Mount Airy
  Pilot Mt. State Park

Page 8 (MPs 169-61)
  Rocky Knob CG
  Roanoke Mountain CG
  Virginia's Explore Park
  Peaks of Otter CG
  Otter Creek CG

Page 9 (MP 62)
  KOA Natural Bridge
  Jellystone Natural Bridge
  Natural Bridge

Page 10 (MPs 45-0)
  Chimney Rock
  20 Minute Cliff
  Humpback Rocks

  Shenandoah NP
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Chimney Rock Overlook was one of our favorite stops. No matter how much beauty we'd seen up to this point, gorgeous views in every direction are still breathtaking!

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20 Minute Cliff serves a practical purpose as well as providing spectacular views. The folks in White Rock below know that dusk falls on the valley 20 minutes after sunlight strikes the rock face during corn-chop'n time in June and July.

My mom was throwing a fit at me being so close to the edge, but she managed to take a picture anyway. I loved this place!
 
16.4Turnoff to Highway 814 that goes to Sherando Lake in George Washington National Forest, about 4.5 miles down the road. I had wanted to check out the campground I heard about there, but decided to wait for the trip back in the Fall.
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A short path from Humpback Rocks Visitors Center takes you to the Mountain Farm Exhibit. A springhouse, cold barn, root cellar, and bear-proof pigpen all demonstrate Appalachian farm life and buildings of the 19th century.
Simple log homes, basic furnishings with no frills and even necessities necessitating hard work for such a simple life is almost unimaginable today.
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The End of Our Trail!

We started counting down the mileposts when we hit 10 and both remarked how absolutely exhausted, but still exhilarated, we were at that point. Even though we tried to keep a reasonably stress-free schedule, it's still not an easy task to "do" the 469 miles of the Blue Ridge Parkway in a month. Even though we had hit almost all my "must-see's" on the way up, there were as many I discovered I wanted to see after hearing about them from other folks. I'm glad I still have the Fall to look forward to as I head back south for leaf-peeping season in October.

It will be interesting to see how the Parkway experience compares between the two seasons. I did find myself wishing I had set out in mid May as I had originally intended. But then I read that the rhododendron are spectacular in mid to late June, especially at Craggy Gardens. So I decided to stay in Savannah another month so as to hit that time period. But by the time we got there, we were told the really vibrant rhodos are the Catawba kind and they peaked weeks ago. It was small consolation to hear that this year's show wasn't as spectacular due to weird weather conditions. However, it wasn't hard on the eyes to see the less vibrantly colored kind that were in bloom, along with the pale pink Mountain Laurel. They further decorated the views alongside the road and overlooks that didn't even really need further embellishment.

But I also think the Springtime would be better, especially towards the end, because it got pretty hot in places (temps in the 90's), making exploring some places more uncomfortable. I don't know what it's like in the Spring, but the roads and campgrounds sure weren't crowded during mid June and July. Most of the traffic consisted of motorcycles - one local guy I talked to said he bought his Harley just to ride the Parkway on weekends. I agreed that would be a wonderful ride and a great way to see the road in a different way.

I heard that it's a lot more crowded in the Fall with RVs, so I'll let you know about that in October...

Click here to read article My article on RVing the Blue Ridge was published in the November, 2009 edition of MotorHome Magazine. As shown on the cover here, the title was "All American Drive - Scenic and Serene Blue Ridge Parkway." Click cover to read, published with permission.
End of Blue Ridge Parkway - Start of Skyline Drive
I was a bit disappointed that I never saw the actual Milepost 0 of the Parkway - I'm not even sure if they have one. We did see Milepost 1 from the road but there was no place to pull over there for a pic. I should have turned into the visitor's center on the left not far past that, but before I knew it, we were at the entrance of Shenandoah National Park and Milepost 105 of the Skyline Drive. There was no place there big enough for the motorhome to turn around without unhitching, so since we still had another day before we had to get to Richmond and mom's flight back home, we decided to see at least part of it even though it was cloudy and drizzling by that time. I figured we could stop at the first campground at Loft Mountain for the night. Boy, were we ever glad we decided to press on - pretty soon we were debating whether Skyline Drive wasn't even prettier than the Parkway!
I really appreciate those who have written to say they've found the info I compiled here useful in their own planning. I do this out of my love of RVing and RVers and have never expected payment from readers. But for those who want to contribute, I certainly won't turn my back on such blessings and kindness. Thanks for many more happy trails!
Shenandoah National Park - Skyline Drive
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