This is a community maintained travel guide for locations along the scenic highway known as the Blue Ridge Parkway which extends from the NC and Virginia line to near the NC and TN border. This route is a perennial favorite for vacationers and local residents who just need a road trip to clear their mind. Additionally, we expect over a million travelers visit locations along this scenic highway in the Fall when the leaves are changing color. Readers are encouraged to share this document on popular social media sites like Facebook and Twitter so others can learn more information. Furthermore, we hope you’ll subscribe to and use the discussion form below to ask questions and submit data about this unique and interesting tourist attraction in Western NC located in the Appalachian Mountains and Great Smoky Mountains.
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Road Trip And Scenic Overlooks Information
Traveling from the north to southwest from the Virginia state line near the Cumberland Knob Recreation Area where this scenic route begins in North Carolina, drivers continue through considerable wilderness before crossing over Highway 21 and curving west along the border of the Stone Mountain and the Doughton Recreation Area.
Continuing south through more extended wilderness, the next landmark is EB Jeffress Park And Cascades Trail. The parkway continues south crossing over Highway 421 near Deep Gap before again turning west before turning south near the Rocky Knob Mountain Bike Park and continuing past Tweetsie Railroad.
Continuing, the Blue Ridge Parkway then turns west through the Moses H. Cone Memorial Park near Blowing Rock and the Grandfather Mountain State Park while parelling Highway 221. After leaving Grandfather Mountain State Park, this route dives south near Linville past Gill State Forest, then around the west side of Linville Falls where it winds itself erratically through considerable wildnerness and remote mountain scenic overlooks and valleys before passing Craggy Gardens deep in the Appalachian Mountains before approaching the east side of Asheville NC and crossing Highway 70 and Interstate 40.
Leaving Asheville NC, this parkway travels southwest over the French Broad River and Highway 74 near the NC Arboretum before turning northwest just north of Brevard NC and extends around the northern border of the large Pisgah National Forest where it then heads due north towards The Great Smoky Mountains.
Within The Great Smoky Mountains and extending just north of the Eastern Cherokee Reservation, this parkway continues to wind north, then west, before turning southwest again terminating at Highway 441 near the town of Cherokee and Oconaluffee River.
How many miles is the Blue Ridge Parkway in just NC? Approximately 254 miles of very winding roads, dozens of tunnels, and many dozens of scenic overlooks and places to pull off the parkway for viewing.
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Finding gas stations in remote wilderness locations is important. We recommend filling your car, truck, or RV up each time you find a gas station.
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