Drive the Blue Ridge Parkway

North Carolina Blue Ridge Pkwy, NC

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Scenic Drive. Highest Elevation: 6047. Lowest Elevation: 649. Park-like environment as well as a road. Stunning views of Blue Ridge Mountains. Abundant hiking trails. Picnic areas. Campgrounds.

The pinpoint for this particular entrance starts just outside of Cherokee, North Carolina, following the Parkway North.

They say the Blue Ridge Parkway is more than just a road, it's a beautiful journey. Start this journey and you will quickly find this to be true. This 469 mile gateway connects the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina to the Shenandoah National Park in Virginia. Along the way, you will find yourself surrounded by ever-changing stunning views, 369 miles of trails (everything from a short-leg stretch to a challenging trek,) 382 overlooks, 910 vistas, 600 miles of streams, 2,074 plant species and an abundance of wildlife.

The Parkway is open year-round, but sections may be closed in winter due to ice and snow, so make sure to check on the status and closures before you plan your winter drive.

Side note: The Country Store on the parkway in front of Pisgah Inn, milepost 408.6, has wi-fi. It does require a password, so hop in, grab some snacks or a map and ask about the wi-fi.

Pack List

  • Fill up the tank before hitting the parkway, you will have to exit the parkway for gas down the road
  • Camping equipment
  • Daypack
  • Camera
  • Food and water
  • Jackets and blankets (It can get cool at the higher elevations)
  • Flashlights and Batteries
  • Jumper cables or something similar (just in case)
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How to Get There

about 1 month ago

Favorite drive. Ever.

Driving from the Eastern Smokies back down to Atlanta along the Blue Ridge Parkway at the peak of fall was easily the most scenic and fun drive I have ever done. Between the gentle curves in the mountainside roads and the numerous lookout shoulders, I just could not get enough. A 3.5 hour drive easily turned into a 6 hour drive because we just kept stopping at every lookout. At one point I even said to myself, "OK, I am going to drive 20 minutes without stopping, so I can actually make some progress on this drive." Not more than two minutes later, I found myself pulled over at another lookout point, dumbfounded how each view seemed better than the last. This drive is just one of those pure joys in life, unless you get motion sickness...

about 1 month ago

over 1 year ago

This is a must-do in the area. It offers breathtaking scenery of the valley below and is perfect for one of those days that you want the views without the effort of hiking!

over 1 year ago

Activities:

Chillin, Photography

Skill Level:

Beginner

Season:

Year Round

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Features:

Bathrooms
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Handicap Accessible
Picnic Area
Romantic
Scenic
Waterfall
Wildflowers
Wildlife
Swimming Hole

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