Driving the Blue Ridge Parkway

Poppy By Poppy, 6th Dec 2009 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Details of our family road trip along the beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia.

Our family road trip

The Blue Ridge Parkway is a specially constructed scenic byway that runs up through Virginia and the Blue Ridge Mountains. We picked the road up just north of Great Smokey National park and planed to drive the full length of it up to Shenandoah National Park. The road while offering spectacular views is a tad surreal as there are no towns, houses, businesses - not even gas stations. The views are gorgeous - rolling green countryside, trees as far as the eye can see and of course the smokey blue mountains.

Happy diversion

The parkway was closed at one point which resulted in a surprise diversion through the aptly named, 'Happy Valley' and then 'Yadkin Valley'. This is really an amazing small pocket of the world, real chocolate box Americana. Picket fences, clipped lawns, old tractors and farmers making hay, all thoroughly idyllic. We stopped for a picnic on a bit of grass by the river which offered a welcome chance to stretch our legs and let our 3 year old daughter run off some steam. We managed to get back on the parkway and enjoyed the high views afforded us before our arrival at our hotel in Waynesboro.

Bear Proof picnic

After realising how long it was going to take to drive the whole way on the Blue Ridge Parkway, I have to admit we opted to blast up the interstate for the first half of our journey and joined the parkway at Buchanon. We drove a short way before stopping to have a picnic in the woods. It wasn't the most relaxing picnic ever, with all the signs up about bears but we made it through lunch without any sightings. We drove up through the mountains enjoying the amazing panoramic views before stopping at an old preserved pioneer farmstead. The wood working was really beautiful and our daughter loved exploring the small buildings. The spring house, with a spring running through the middle for cooling, was a real favourite, as was the bear proof pig pen! We stayed in Winchester before embarking on our visit to Shenandoah National Park.

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Drive, Driving, Scenic Drive, Travel

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