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Old 09-26-2012, 12:26 PM
 
Location: Up above the world so high!
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LOL. Piper's Gap Road? Twisty, but a helluva a lot of fun - especially on motorcycles Pipers Gap Rd (Lambsburg VA) - YouTube

Once past Lambsburg, you lose the middle yellow line and the road for all intents becomes one lane, though wide enough for cars to pass. And did I say twisty? Yeah, I did. It just has to be emphasized. Not as much as something like NC80, but if anyone gets carsick on curvy roads - beware.

Oh, and watch your speed. The Parkway is 45mph; 35 around some of the crowded sections like Linville and Moses Cone. I've noticed a larger presence of State Police up there and they will stop you. There are many, many lookouts, so if you want to keep to the speed limit and people pile up behind you, watch for one and get off to let them go around. Just be careful, some of the lookouts are badly positioned on blind curves. If you have to cross the lane to get to one, be careful.

I've ridden the entire Parkway on my bike and several sections repeatedly. Listen to the folks who advise the more southern sections. The views are more dramatic; the route more interesting than the VA section.
That kind of road is my favorite Where is your sense of adventure? LOL

Seriously, it's only 4 miles long - anyone can handle it for the 10-12 minutes it takes to navigate it.

And truly, it's a lovely ride. You start to feel like you are up in the mountains right away
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Old 09-06-2013, 01:41 PM
 
Location: NC
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adding some info on BRP trails...

Blue Ridge Parkway - Section 3 Guided Hikes

Blue Ridge Parkway - Section 4 Guided Hikes

http://www.tripadvisor.com/GoListDet...iving_The.html

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Old 09-07-2013, 05:53 AM
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Location: The Sand Hills of NC
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I agree with others that the NC section is a nicer ride.

Here is a fantastic B&B near Asheville. we stayed here two days this past Spring.

Bent Creek Bed and Breakfast Accommodations of Guestrooms and Cabin
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Old 09-07-2013, 05:54 PM
 
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How cold does it get at night around November 11th? I'm thinking of doing some tenting.
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Old 09-07-2013, 06:56 PM
 
Location: NC High Country
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Where are you planning to camp? Elevation has a lot to do with temperature and not all parts of the Parkway are equal. There's a lot of temperature variation in WNC.
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Old 09-09-2013, 08:03 AM
 
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Where are you planning to camp? Elevation has a lot to do with temperature and not all parts of the Parkway are equal. There's a lot of temperature variation in WNC.
Thanks....I don't really have a plan yet....I want to get out there this fall. I haven't seen it yet.
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Old 09-09-2013, 08:24 PM
 
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LOL. Piper's Gap Road? Twisty, but a helluva a lot of fun - especially on motorcycles Pipers Gap Rd (Lambsburg VA) - YouTube

Once past Lambsburg, you lose the middle yellow line and the road for all intents becomes one lane, though wide enough for cars to pass. And did I say twisty? Yeah, I did. It just has to be emphasized. Not as much as something like NC80, but if anyone gets carsick on curvy roads - beware.

Oh, and watch your speed. The Parkway is 45mph; 35 around some of the crowded sections like Linville and Moses Cone. I've noticed a larger presence of State Police up there and they will stop you. There are many, many lookouts, so if you want to keep to the speed limit and people pile up behind you, watch for one and get off to let them go around. Just be careful, some of the lookouts are badly positioned on blind curves. If you have to cross the lane to get to one, be careful.

I've ridden the entire Parkway on my bike and several sections repeatedly. Listen to the folks who advise the more southern sections. The views are more dramatic; the route more interesting than the VA section.

That road is crazy! I've driven it many times and I'll never get used to it
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