BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY & GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS

The Blue Ridge Parkway & Great Smoky Mountains Ride is a 6 day, 1,684 mile tour starting and ending in Front Royal, Virginia.  This tour will take you into parts of Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee and Kentucky.  Blue Ridge ParkwayThe tour averages 280 miles per day.  This tour can easily be extended to allow for extra days in the National Parks for hiking and/or sightseeing.  The Blue Ridge Parkway & Great Smoky Mountains Ride offers one of the most popular riding areas in North America.   The ride is in and around two National Parks, Great Smoky Mountains and Shenandoah  and includes the entire Blue Ridge Parkway, Skyline Drive and Cherohala Skyway.  This trip also includes two of the Top 15 Motorcycle Roads as Voted by AMA Members;  #12 U.S. Route 33, Harrisonburg, Va., to Seneca Rocks, W.Va. and #3 U.S. Route 129 —Tail of the Dragon — on the North Carolina-Tennessee border.   These Routes can be quite crowded during summer months making the best time to do this trip either in early May or late October to early November when there is virtually no traffic.

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ROUTE HIGHLIGHTS:  

The Blue Ridge Parkway is billed as “America’s Favorite Drive”.  This construction marvel is a must ride for all motorcyclists and sports car enthusiasts.

Day 1 Map & Directions : 343 Miles

  • Skyline Drive is a gem of a riding road with amazing vistas and twisties through the beautiful Shenandoah National Park.
  • Route 33 from Harrisonburg, VA to Seneca Rocks, WV is a Top 15 Motorcycle Road as Voted by AMA Members and deservedly so.  But don’t miss Route 250 towards Church, VA for more fun.  Route 250 winds up and down through the woods with tight banked corners.
  • We pick up the Blue Ridge Parkway at the North Entrance in Afton, Virginia and begin the 469 mile journey.
  • Overnight in Lexington, VA.

Day 2 Map & Directions : 323 Miles

  • We join the Blue Ridge Parkway in Buchanon, VA.  If you are lucky enough to ride this Parkway in Blue Ridge Viewearly spring or late October to early November, you will find mile after mile of twisties and sweepers without any traffic.  The Blue Ridge Parkway navigates along the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains with endless vistas looking east and west through Virginia and North Carolina.  This is another example of Roosevelt putting the country to work as we emerged out of the depression in the early 1930’s.
  • There are many small feeder roads to the parkway that wind up and down the the sides of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  Take time to ride some of these roads as they are full of tight banked turns and are a lot of fun.  Some roads are banked more than 40 degrees.
  • Overnight in Asheville, NC.

Day 3 Map & Directions : 291 Miles

  • We ride The Blue Ridge Parkway to the South Entrance in Cherokee, NC.
  • The Great Smoky Mountains National Park has beautiful vistas and winding mountain roads butimages
    it can be crowded on weekends, so try and plan your visit mid-week.
  • With 318 curves in 11 miles, Route 129 on the border of North Carolina and Tennessee is a blast.  The Tail of The Dragon, through the woods with one turn after another.  If you visit it in late October or early November, the resorts are closed and you will have the road to yourself.
  • The Cherohala Skyway, built in 1996, is a 41 mile sister road to the Blue Ridge Parkway.
  • Overnight in Knoxville, TN.

Day 4 Map & Directions : 268 Miles

  • Virginia Route 70 sweeps and twists through the Virginia forests and foothills.
  • Kentucky Routes 421 and 30 sweeps through forests and farmlands.
  • Overnight in Jackson, KY.

Day 5 Map & Directions : 265 Miles

  • Rural routes through Kentucky, West Virginia and  Virginia sweep through forests and farmlands.
  • Overnight in Lewisburg, WV.

Day 6 Map & Directions : 218 MilesTail of The Dragon

  • George Washington National Forest is a beautiful part of rural West Virginia.
  • Smoke Hole Road is a local favorite with lots of twists and turns.
  • Trip in end in Front Royal, VA.

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