Shenandoah National Park
Where the Blue Ridge Parkway begins, the Shenandoah National Park is easily accessible from Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Virginia. Covering 200,000 acres of pristine forests, the Shenandoah National Park is worth a visit. It offers camping and RV access along its routes and is a great place to start your trip along the Blue Ridge Parkway as it meanders southward through the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Skyline Drive – Shenandoah National Park
Running through 105 miles of the Shenandoah National Park, Skyline Drive has a speed limit of 35 mph, steep grades and a clearance of 12 feet 8 inches at Mary’s Rock Tunnel. If your motorhome can access this area, you will be sitting in the front row for views of all types of wildlife, roadsides blossoming with wildflowers, and amazing views of the Shenandoah Valley. Accessible in four places, as well as at the entrance to the Blue Ridge Parkway, Skyline drive is one of the best routes through the Blue Ridge Mountains.
The Blue Ridge Parkway
Traveling mostly along the spine of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Blue Ridge Parkway is a feat of engineering that allows you a view of the mountains from the comfort of your motorhome. One of the top scenic routes in the country, the Blue Ridge Parkway is worthy of discovery. This route runs for 469-miles along the ridges of the Blue Ridge Mountains and it offers splendid views, pristine forests, wildflowers, and rampant wildlife. From its lowest point of 600 feet, the Blue Ridge Parkway rises to a spectacular 6,053 feet at Richland Balsam Mountain in the Pisgah National Forest. Offering many recreational activities, campsites, and national forests to explore along the way, the Blue Ridge Parkway is one of the best routes of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
The Southern Highroads Trail
Traversing 14 counties in four states, the Southern Highroads Trail is a 360-mile loop that takes you through the Chattahoochee National Forest of North Georgia, the Nantahala National Forest in North Carolina, the Cherokee National Forest in Tennessee, and the Sumter National Forest in South Carolina. Crossing the Appalachian Trail twice, the Southern Highroads trail is accessible in several locations along its route. You can drive the entire loop or just a part of it as you travel the best routes in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Easily accessible from Asheville, Atlanta, Chattanooga, and Greenville, and only 45 minutes from the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, you can jump on the trail from many locations. The Southern Highroads Trail will take you through pioneer settlements, past Gothic courthouses, and through pristine forests that were once inhabited by the Cherokee.
A mere 36 miles long, the Cherohala Skyway passes through North Carolina and Tennessee and has heights that rise to almost 6,000 feet. From this best route of the Blue Ridge Mountains, you will have views of the Unaka and the Great Smoky Mountains, as well as the Tennessee River Valley. Passing through the Tellico River Gorge, you will have the opportunity to enjoy the rich flora and fauna along the Tellico River as you drive through the steep granite walls of the pass.
Plan your Trip
Whichever route you choose, the Crossing Creeks RV Resort and Spa in Blairsville, Georgia offers you a great place to begin or end your journey through the Blue Ridge Mountains. Blairsville, the county seat of Union County, is easily accessible from Atlanta, Georgia, Asheville, North Carolina and Chattanooga, Tennessee. Plan your trip, find a route that suits you, or you can create your own route through the Blue Ridge Mountains.