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3 nights in October for Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive

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3 nights in October for Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive

We are planning to drive from Charlotte to Washington DC in mid-October., via Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive. Don't want to spend all day driving, and don't to drive too far off the main route for accommodation. Thought of doing it over the course of 3-4 days, with overnight stops at Roanoke, Waynesboro and Front Royal.

Does this make sense? Any comments or suggestions most welcome!

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1. Re: 3 nights in October for Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive

I can't tell from your starting point where you plan to get on the BRP, but your first day sounds like it could be aggressive.

Most accommodations are a good 20-30 minutes from the BRP/Skyline Drive so take that into account in your planning.

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2. Re: 3 nights in October for Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive

From Charlotte I was planning to take highway 77 and get on BRP around Fancy Gap - does that make sense?

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3. Re: 3 nights in October for Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive

That's probably about 4 and a half to five hours of driving time, depending upon where you start in Charlotte.

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4. Re: 3 nights in October for Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive

Be sure to have a back-up plan; we intended to hike the BRP for two days in October, and it closed both days because of (not very) bad weather.

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5. Re: 3 nights in October for Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive

Andee110,

Thanks for the warning - I hadn't taken into account closures! Do they close the road because of the wind or because of possibility of ice?

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6. Re: 3 nights in October for Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive

Unless you hit some horrendous traffic, the drive from Charlotte to Fancy Gap should take more like 2 to 3 hours. It's a straight shot up I77 (we live NE of Charlotte and make the drive several times a month). As for BRP road closures, it can be closed for snow and ice. It can be windy on the BRP, but that isn's usually a factor in road closures. It isn't plowed on a regular basis. In mid-October, snow isn't usually a problem.

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7. Re: 3 nights in October for Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive

Remember that October is prime leaf-peeping season. Reserve accommodations early, and be aware that traffic & sloooow people abound, as everyone is enjoying the changing foliage.

Peaks of Otter Lodge is supposed to be re-opening this year, and it's right on the BRP. It's about an hour north of Roanoke, so not sure how that would fit into your planning, but it's a gorgeous area.

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