The Blue Ridge Parkway is about 469 miles which begins in Virginia at the southern end of the Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park and continues through the Blue Ridge Mountain Range (a part of the Appalachians) to the Great Smoky Mountains in North Carolina. The parkway is a beautiful road with stunning views, trails which are pet friendly, picnic grounds, campgrounds, and pull outs all along the way. Although some people drive 5th wheels and larger class A’s along the parkway, we chose not to drive the 5th wheel on it. Reservable campsites were all booked for the weekends, and we did not want to just hope for available first-come sites that we fit in, so we looked for RV parks along “easy driving” areas with nearby accessibility for leisure drives on the parkway.
As we moved south from Shenandoah, we found a RV park in Marion near Asheville, NC. We stayed at Buck Creek RV Park and had a nice site along the creek. For the weekend, it was quite crowded, as it had not only the usual weekend usage but also evacuees from Hurricane Matthew. Sites varied in size; ours was pretty tight, but others were roomier.
It was a nice and scenic campground with a good location near the Blue Ridge Parkway where we took the dog along some nice short hikes for views of mountains and waterfalls. We also spent a day visiting the Biltmore Estate in Asheville. More on that in our next posts.
We had a beautiful campsite near Fallingwater in Pennsylvania, although getting to it via very steep hills was no easy feat. We certainly have learned to be more attentive to our map skills as a result of the very white knuckle drive we took there. But the campsite at the KOA we picked was great to chill at. The sites were on the river, had trees, were spacious, had fire rings, and full hook ups. There was a great biking / walking trail adjacent to the campground that also went along the river which Coda enjoyed daily walks along. It was a joy to hang out there for a while.