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Old 10-08-2012, 04:54 PM
 
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Hello: I have been looking at the websites and I am not getting a good idea of the best route to get to the blue ridge parkway from Raleigh. I think I have an around about idea but not sure if I am supposed to head towards Winston Salem then towards Boone? One route on google says take Mt. Airy exit. Just want the best route, I don't always trust google or my GPS. Thanks.
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Old 10-08-2012, 05:00 PM
 
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Yes, you can get off at Winston-Salem (Hwy 421 I think) and head towards Boone, or you can go to Hickory and take 321 up through Blowing Rock (and eventually Boone).
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Old 10-08-2012, 05:11 PM
 
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Similar distance trip (NC 86 and US220) gets you up to Roanoke too.
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Old 10-08-2012, 05:51 PM
 
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Thanks for the clarification. I'm not familiar with that part of NC and was getting a little confused. Thanks for the info.
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Old 10-08-2012, 06:13 PM
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Location: Raleigh, NC
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It depends on which part of the Blue Ridge Parkway you want to visit. For the portion near Boone / Blowing Rock, I usually take I-40 past Winston Salem, then 421 North. You get 4 lane roads and highways all the way to the Blue Ridge Parkway. Then just choose your direction (I usually head South) and enjoy :-).
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Old 10-09-2012, 06:55 AM
 
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It depends on which part of the Blue Ridge Parkway you want to visit.
^^this^^

If you want to visit the southern end of the Blue Ridge, you could take I-40 to Black Mountain, then get on 70 heading west, and onto the Parkway from there. The actual entrance is closer to Asheville, but I always think it's easier to go through Black Mountain and avoid Asheville traffic (what little there is...). The highest point on the parkway is actually south of Asheville; the highest point in the US east of the Mississippi is just north (Mount Mitchell). Also near the southern end of the Parkway is the Cherohala Skyway, another beautiful, scenic drive (The Cherohala Skyway, a National Scenic Byway). Another side trip from this end of the parkway is DuPont State Forest, where portions of Last of the Mohicans and The Hunger Games was filmed, if that interests you at all.
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Old 10-09-2012, 02:18 PM
 
Location: Downtown Durham, NC
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I always like taking I40 W to I26E to NC 280W to US 276N. This takes you right to Mt Pisgah. It's a great ride from there north toward Asheville.

And right now there's great apple picking at a few farms right off of NC 280.
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Old 10-09-2012, 04:10 PM
 
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It depends on which part of the Blue Ridge Parkway you want to visit. For the portion near Boone / Blowing Rock, I usually take I-40 past Winston Salem, then 421 North. You get 4 lane roads and highways all the way to the Blue Ridge Parkway. Then just choose your direction (I usually head South) and enjoy :-).

That was what I was thinking, thanks for the exact direction. I do like a couple of other suggestions mentioned, so now I can take my pick!
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Old 10-09-2012, 04:21 PM
 
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That was what I was thinking, thanks for the exact direction. I do like a couple of other suggestions mentioned, so now I can take my pick!
This recent thread may interest you

Blue Ridge Parkway - Trip Advice
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Old 10-09-2012, 04:33 PM
 
Location: Western NC
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This BRP website may be of interest as well. It is difficult to make a decision on just which section to explore. depends on your time frame mostly. Personally, I'd just jump on I-40 west right thru AVL, check the sites at various mile markers online and pick a starting and ending point. It's all good.

Blue Ridge Parkway - Home
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