The Blue Ridge Parkway (with a sailboat!)

We love the Blue Ridge Parkway, almost 500 miles of super scenic road. Loved by bikers everywhere, it has lots of twists and turns, tunnels and great views.

Not so great in an RV, towing a sailboat but, what the heck ….. It got us to some lovely campgrounds, such as Mt. Pisgah campground (NC), Lake Powhatan Recreation Area & Campground (NC), Crabtree Falls Campground (NC), Doughton Park Campground (NC), Peaks Of Otter Campground (VA) and Loft Mountain Campground in Shenandoah National Park (VA). Most of these facilities are run by the National Park Service and cost as little as $15 – $20 per night.

Having just come from Florida and Alabama, we found the vibe in these mountains to be very different. Instead of being one of the smaller RV’s in the campground, we found ourselves surrounded by much smaller camping rigs and more tent campers and hikers (the Appalachian National Scenic Trail crosses the Blue Ridge Parkway multiple times). It felt really refreshing and we enjoyed some great hikes in these hills, with folks who were  a little more like-minded.

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Sandra at Crabtree Falls, NC (Mile Marker 340 on the Blue Ridge Parkway)
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Quick stop at Mount Mitchell in NC (Mile Marker 355 on the Blue Ridge Parkway), the highest point east of the Mississippi at 6,684 feet (this pic at the parking lot just below the peak); we were the only RV (and certainly the only sailboat) to have made the drive up!)
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Linville Falls, NC – from the Upper Falls overlook (Mile Marker 316 on the Blue Ridge Parkway)
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Our site at Peaks Of Otter Campground, VA (Mile Marker 86 on the Blue Ridge Parkway)
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Hikers on the AT, passing through Shenandoah National Park, VA (in Shenandoah National Park, the road crosses the A.T. more than 30 times )
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Doyles River Falls, Shenandoah National Park, VA (Mile Marker 84 on the Blue Ridge Parkway)

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