Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Evansville, Indiana
Just an FYI, not trying to pursuade anyone, but info is usual a good thing.
I've done the best portions of the Blueridge (ashville to cherokee) and also the Skyline Drive portion, which was also pretty awesome, but I was in a vette both times during large gatherings. My buddy, who was along on both my trips, has driven the entire length before. Like many others, he said it gets extremely repetitive and mind numbing due to the slow speed and inability to do any spirited driving to change up the pace and the scenery essentially never really changes either after Ashville or Skyline. During our trips to both ends, there were far better roads to be had by getting off the Blueridge. Scenery was 10x better, road styles were 10x better, far less visitors and a bit more freedom to change up the pace if needed. The sites in and around the Blueridge are quite amazing, you just have to get off the Blueridge to see them and get down in to the heart of the country.
Basically, the sites I remember most had nothing to do with being up on the ridge, they were all on the side roads.
I should clarify one thing..... If you only plan to take a trip to the Blueridge area once or twice, then you may definately want to consider what I've mentioned because you will simply miss the most awesome stuff if you don't get off the parkway. However, if you are able to take multiple trips in the area, then you may want to consider doing a full through ride because you can always hit up the side roads another time.
Last edited by TheWanderer; 11-28-2007 at 03:08 PM.