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GREAT RV TOURS>BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY - NORTH CAROLINA HIGHLIGHTS
 

The Blue Ridge Parkway - North Carolina Highlights

Sunset on Blue Ridge Parkway

Sunset on Blue Ridge Parkway
Photo: Daniel Lin

The Blue Ridge Parkway offers a delightful, scenic and often breathtaking tour. But why take my word for it? You can read hundreds of reviews from real travelers on TripAdvisor. Get the truth. Then go.

HISTORICAL NOTE: The Blue Ridge Parkway crosses the North Carolina-Virginia state line at mile 216.9. Among the party that surveyed the boundary in 1749 was Peter Jefferson, father of Thomas Jefferson.

Mile 217.5 Cumberland Knob, at 2885 feet, is a delightful spot to walk through fields and woodlands.
Mile 218.6 Fox Hunters Paradise, a 10-minute walk, is where hunters could listen to their hounds baying in the valley below.
Mile 238.5 Brinegar Cabin was built by Martin Brinegar about 1880 and lived in until the 1930's when the homestead was purchased from his widow for the parkway, The original cabin stands here today.
Mile 238.5 to 244.7 Doughton Park was named for Congressman Robert L. Doughton, a staunch supporter and neighbor of the parkway. One of the best places to see deer. Campground.
Mile 258.6 Northwest Trading Post offers crafts from North Carolina's northwestern counties.
Mile 260.6 Jumpinoff Rock, at the end of a short woodland trail, offers a beautiful vista.
Mile 264.4 The Lump provides sweeping views of the forested foothills.
Mile 272 E. B. Jeffress Park has a self-guided trail to the Cascades. Another trail goes to the old cabin and church.
Mile 238.1 Daniel Boone's Trace, which Boone blazed to the West, crosses near here.
Mile 292 to 295 Moses H. Cone Memorial Park has hiking and horse trails. Flat top Manor houses the Parkway Craft Center. Fishing.
Mile 295.1 to 298 Julian Price Memorial Park, the former retreat of an insurance executive, offers a variety of short trails and a lake.
Mile 304.4 Linn Cove Viaduct, a design and engineering marvel, skirts the side of Grandfather Mountain. Visitor center and trails.
Mile 308.3 Flat Rock is worth the walk for the superb view of Grandfather Mountain and Linville Valley.
Mile 316.3 Linville Falls roars through a dramatic rugged gorge. Trails to overlooks.
Mile 320.7 Chestoa View trail provides outstanding scenery.
Mile 331 Museum of North Carolina Minerals interprets the state's mineral wealth.
Mile 339.5 Crabtree Meadows Walk to Crabtree Falls. Campground.
Mile 355.4 Mount Mitchell State Park, reached via N.C. 128, has a picnic area, lookout tower, and the highest point east of the Mississippi River.
Mile 363.4 to 369.6 Craggy Gardens appear covered with purple rhododendron in mid to late June. Craggy Pinnacle Trail and other trails (364.1 and 364.6); road to picnic area and trails (367.6).
Mile 382 The Folk Art Center Is the flagship facitlity of the Southern Highand Craft Guild. It offers sales and exhibits of traditional and contemporary crafts of the Appalachian region. Intrepretive programs, three galleries, a library and a book store.
Mile 408.6 Mount Pisgah was part of the Biltmore Estate. The estate became home of the first forestry school in America and the nucleus of the Pisgah National Forest.
Mile 422.4 Devils Courthouse is a rugged exposed mountaintop rich in Cherokee traditions. A walk to the bare rock summit yields a spectacular view of Pisgah National Forest.
Mile 431 Richland Balsam's self-guiding trail takes you through a remnant spruce-fir forest. Highest point on the parkway, 6,047 feet.
Mile 451.2 Waterrock Knob provides a panorama of the Great Smokies, visitor center, trail, confort station, exhibits.
Mile 458.2 Heintooga Overlook spur road goes to a mile-high overlook 1.3 miles from the parkway.
Mile 469 Southern End of the Blue Ridge Parkway intersects with U.S. 441 in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Cherokee Reservation.
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