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jrwiesz
2011-06-11, 17:00
Next week I fly to Myrtle Beach, SC; I will drive a car back to MI. I have to be back in MI by 1200 6/21/11.

How many days should be allotted for the Blue Ridge Parkway on the return trip? Any?

Does anyone know the average drive time to complete the near 500 miles? 15 hrs?

Any suggestions for the, "not to be missed", along the way, are greatly appreciated.

How much time(hrs., days), does it take, in areas such as, Clingmans' Dome, the Cherokee area, The Natural Bridge area, Skyline Drive and SNP area, side trip to Damascus to hike parts of the Creeper Trail and/or AT, etc., to get a good sample of the wonders, in just that 4-5 days timeframe.

To clarify the above, say I'm in Cherokee. I want to drive to Clingmans Dome, do the hike to the platform, take pics, etc. Then I drive back to Cherokee.
How much time would this journey take? The same for The Natural Bridge area? etc.

Also, if anyone needs a ride, in this area, in that timeframe, send a PM, to explore those possibilities.

Thanks in advance for any thoughts, or slams, you tards :adore: have to offer.

jim :beer:

p.s. Anyone in that area, need a fourth for Fathers day golf:questionm

Nearly Normal
2011-06-11, 20:29
Take 2 weeks and enjoy the trip.

Sierra Echo
2011-06-11, 20:48
15 hours to drive 500 miles???? If you were driving any slower you would be going in reverse! I drove from Toronto, Canada to Buford in 1 day. It took 17 hours and it was almost a 1,000 miles! Hit the gas harder ya slowpoke!! :albertein

JERMM
2011-06-11, 21:34
15 hours to drive 500 miles???? If you were driving any slower you would be going in reverse! I drove from Toronto, Canada to Buford in 1 day. It took 17 hours and it was almost a 1,000 miles! Hit the gas harder ya slowpoke!! :albertein

he's talking about the Blueridge Parkway...not interstate

Gaiter
2011-06-11, 21:46
try google maps it can give you time estimations and you can alter your route

look at this, i think i got all of the blue ridge parkway and skyline in here, just adjust it to your actual start and stop points (http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=Myrtle+Beach,+SC&daddr=35.6668691,-82.4670521+to:36.14881,-81.62751+to:36.2886711,-81.3976159+to:36.4893733,-80.9714944+to:36.6708005,-80.6274181+to:36.818988,-80.34466+to:37.18014,-80.06611+to:37.31832,-79.85776+to:37.45151,-79.71723+to:37.54484,-79.479561+to:37.591648,-79.326566+to:37.772417,-79.279735+to:37.9405121,-78.9339049+to:38.111292,-78.7824276+to:38.54422,-78.4141+to:38.784,-78.19812+to:Michigan&hl=en&geocode=FeQNAgId2khM-ykBIVU7lWgAiTEYltC1FbEPvA%3BFbU7IAIdFKcV-ykdnpGhD_ZZiDH--HVqpkZAHA%3BFUqWJwIdinYi-ynXfwkmzeRQiDGRgSCeFg1F4A%3BFZ-4KQIdkfgl-ylBfjMiZgdRiDG-iIL2D4TLLw%3BFZ3ILAIdGnks-ykV1mowMY5RiDH6w1cN303d6w%3BFVCNLwIdJrkx-ykLHYvErBBSiDHsBizSQ0LHDA%3BFSzQMQIdrAk2-ymPTD6jSnFSiDG_nRjGlfrqig%3BFexSNwIdwkk6-ylddZD1CnVNiDEBNHTsFxlwkQ%3BFbBuOQIdoHc9-ynjTNoyEhFNiDGZ1gOPx3Nscw%3BFfZ2OwIdkpw_-ynF_zyf9CFNiDG74FrZV-qUwA%3BFYjjPAId9zxD-ynTDZMLZdZMiDGYCjh78bTEWQ%3BFWCaPQIdmpJF-yk1mqMJZSyziTGeI8ocLbtHaA%3BFYFcQAIdiUlG-ylP7jo1mjaziTGuoS_2D8nYjg%3BFSDtQgIdcJBL-ykVE2RBtmiziTGD6-F-oqkhrg%3BFTyIRQIdJeBN-ylT8zp1hn2ziTFag7fpvShSWg%3BFVwjTAId7H5T-ynN7qCBsUW0iTFdyri6thDBZQ%3BFQDMTwIdmMpW-ylBaY3Vi8u1iTHCxtGYW9680Q%3BFdwwpAIdxM_l-ikRBMrHPapMTTGzyWJ6WUjdlw&mra=dpe&mrsp=16&sz=11&via=1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16&sll=38.6394,-78.180771&sspn=0.36095,0.791702&ie=UTF8&ll=38.702659,-79.628906&spn=9.221763,19.709473&z=6)

jrwiesz
2011-06-11, 22:10
he's talking about the Blueridge Parkway...not interstate

Correct, it's just short of 500 miles at 45mph speed limit the entire Parkway.
How long average continuous drive?

S.Carolina to MI is near 900-1200mi, or something in that order.

What I'm looking for is, how long to take at, say, The Natural Bridge, get off the Parkway, check it out, take pics, etc, get back on the Parkway to the next destination up the trail.
Can you do that in say 4 hours, or does it take only 2 hrs?

I realize there are a million different things to do and see; I'm looking for suggestions for the "must see/do", and the approximate time to allow for such.

Planning stages are half the joy for some.:banghead:

Crikey
2011-06-11, 23:05
You can only approximate drive time on the parkway using speed limit and distance. It has many other factors, including construction delays (there are some now near Mitchell, I recall), slower drivers (especially in huge RV's), the ever present bicyclist, and weather (clouds).

Plus, you have to keep an eye on your gas tank. There are spots that go for miles with no "exits" and even when you can exit, it may be some distance before you see a station.

Crikey
2011-06-11, 23:19
Sorry, meant to add:

I'm partial and more knowledgeable about the Asheville area, so my suggestions would be:

1 - Devil's Courthouse
Right off the parkway, short walk up, nice views on a good day
http://www.blueridgeheritage.com/attractions-destinations/devils-courthouse

2- Craggy Gardens
There are two areas, the gardens and the peak(s). The rhodos should be in
full force, but so will the tourists.
http://www.romanticasheville.com/Craggy.htm

3 - Mt. Mitchell
Highest point on the east coast. You can drive almost to the top from
parkway, it's a very short walk up to an observation tower.
http://www.ncparks.gov/Visit/parks/momi/main.php

General
2011-06-11, 23:28
graveyard fields.

ed bell
2011-06-12, 01:25
graveyard fields.

When it isn't the weekend...or noon-4pm on a spectacular day...try the Black Balsam Road at around mile 420...really...if you can drive by, go up there and just walk...any direction.

Rockhound
2011-06-12, 08:21
.try the Black Balsam Road at around mile 420...really...
Black Balsam? Dude that sounds like some good shit man. Is that like Kronik or Purple Haze dude?

Nearly Normal
2011-06-12, 19:47
he's talking about the Blueridge Parkway...not interstate

...and side trips...it aint Vanishing Point.

jrwiesz
2011-06-28, 15:04
Awesome trip; so far I've visited five National parks/byways/lakeshores/pathways this season.

Gonna shoot for seven; Isle Royale and Sleeping Bear Dunes in the near future.

Retirement is tough. :p :D