Blue Ridge Parkway is a beautiful 469-mile winding route through the southern and central Appalachians of North Carolina and Virginia, riding the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains for 196 miles with breathtaking scenery in all directions. The North Entrance of the Parkway is near Afton, Virginia just south of Shenandoah National Park, and the South Entrance is near Cherokee, North Carolina. No matter where you chose to start or when you chose to do this drive, it’s a lovely one – see the rhododendron in bloom in the spring, the green lushness of summer, spectacular foliage in fall, and snow-covered evergreens in winter. This is the kind of drive to take at a leisurely pace, offering many places to stop, enjoy nature, take a hike, have a picnic, or camp overnight.
Scenic Drive Tips
Keep a keen eye out for the abundant wildlife along this trail. The Visitors Centers along the Parkway have knowledgeable and friendly staff, most with local roots.
There are many overlooks to stop at and trails to wander down along the way.
Some of the many great stops along the way are Moses H. Cone Memorial Park, Julian Price Memorial Park, and James River and Otter Creek. Go up Grandfather Mountain, and don’t miss the view from the Linn Cove Viaduct.
David Guzmán, David Camp, James Hamby, Bill Semion
As indicated above, this scenic drive was submitted by an independent third party and has not been verified by Triple E Recreational Vehicles. Please do your own research on suitability, road conditions and road safety before attempting to drive this route.