Some friends and I are planning a May ride of the entire Blue Ridge Parkway/Skyline drive route beginning in Cherokee and ending in Front Royal. Logistics are tough as train and bus service is very limited. I did find that Greyhoud has a stop about 20 miles from Cherokee, but my friends don't want the hassle of packing our bikes and dependence on the bus. Two of us are coming from Ohio and the other two from Virginia/DC area. The tentative plan is for all of us to drive to Front Royal and leave one vehicle there. We will then drive together to Cherokee, leaving the other vehicle there and bicycling back to Front Royal.
I'm aware that Skyline Drive cyclists are being encouraged to park at the relatively new Eastham park/Front Royal boat landing as they have a gravel lot, but I'm not aware of policy for long term as I'll be parked there well over a week. I plan to make some calls to verfiy but any info on that lot or others would be helpful.
As far as parking around the southern terminus of the BRP, I see there are several parking Great Smoky Moutain Nat Park lots located along route 441 hardly a mile from the start of the BRP near Cherokee. Closest to the start of the BRP is the goal, so this area would be ideal, but not sure about leaving a vehicle there for over a week. I plan to inquire with someone with the NPS to get the OK first. I understand there are risks for leaving vehicles in public for long periods, but we will take small measures to minimize risk plus are planning to use 'expendable beater' vehicles, and don't park hikers use such areas too? Any input from my biking brethern is appreciated.