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    Blue Ridge in April ?

    Does anyone know if the Blueridge is doable about the third week of April, wife is a school teacher so vacation is pre scheduled. thank for any advise

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    I'm thinking some of the lower elevation sections, i.e. Virginia may be possible. The higher elevations, i.e. North Carolina would be dubious, especially around Mt. Mitchell and Mt. Pisgah. Riding the entire length may not be possible that early. Many of the campgrounds will not be open until sometime in May. See here for opening dates:

    http://www.virtualblueridge.com/park...ning_dates.asp
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    Your most likely to be wet & chilly from Wythville, Va and south. And thinking; why are there no leaves on the trees this far south! May 5th on is magic; before that its pure chance. Many efforts to prove this different have failed, allthough North GA for the Ga Mtn Rally is usually very nice.

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    I have done the Virginia section on a nice day in March and thoroughly enjoyed it. I believe having the leaves off the trees is a plus...you can actually see into opposing hillsides the crisp clear air provides some wonderful views. In addition, there is almost no traffic. I understand a cold rain would not be fun, but my best rides up there have been in late fall and early spring.

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    I live fairly near the Parkway in Southwestern Virginia and have ridden it at most times of the year. The weather can be great at time of the year or it can be horrible. I would not plan a trip a long time in advance due to the uncertainty.
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    This year would not have worked very well with record low temps but then again maybe that global warming will kick in for you. That's right it is now global climate change and it also makes things colder so maybe it will be record cold temps again....I don't know I'm confused.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mohan0 View Post
    Does anyone know if the Blueridge is doable about the third week of April, wife is a school teacher so vacation is pre scheduled. thank for any advise
    On our end in North Carolina, parts of the BRP are often closed around that time of year. Even if the weather has been nice for a while and it appears the snow and ice have melted, there are still the tunnels to contend with. They will keep ice long after the rest of the roads' ice and snow melted. That is enough for the park to keep the roads closed. We usually have our last snow of the year in early April.

    I live minutes from entrances to the southern most part of the parkway. If you PM me I would be glad to provide you with reports of the open sections on my end.

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    pretty decent this year if you went between tornadoes.

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    Blue Ridge in April ?

    Thanks to everyone for the info, does not sound like a good time of year, may have to go by myself in may-do not tell the wife

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    I have done it several times the last week of April, and have had great weather, a couple years ago an ice storm had some of it closed near Boone, but the rest was good.

    That said, yes it might be sketchy some years, but there are hundreds of great roads in the area, and if it is dicey up high, just head to lower ground and have a good time there. Traffic is low in the valleys that tie of year.

    The uncertainty of weather is 1/2 the fun. And one thing is certain, there will ALWAYS be weather of some kind, good or bad.

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    I head to the Ironhorse Ranch to meet up with the BMWLT.com Group every April from NY. Never had any problems with snow in the last 7 years. Fog, rain, cold yes but not snow.

    Last year was the worst- we headed off the BRP to the top of Mount Mitchell. The temperature dropped 20 degrees in 10 minutes and we were trying to ride on ice. NOT FUN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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