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North Carolina Experiences by Milepost

  • 216.9: NC - VA State Line. Alt. 2,547.
  • 217.5: Cumberland Knob. 1,000 acres, picnic area, comfort stations, drinking water. 15-minute loop trail to Cumberland Knob. (Elev. 2,855). Loop trail into Gully Creek Gorge. 2 hours.
  • 218.6: Fox Hunters Paradise. Overlook and parking area. 10 minutes by trail to the Paradise, where old-time hunters listened to their hounds. Alt. 2,805.
  • 229: US 21 Crossover. West 7 mi. to Sparta, NC., 17 miles to Independence, VA. East 4 Mi. to Roaring Gap, NC.
  • 238.5: Doughton Park, 7,000 acres - Picnic area (Milepost 241), campground (Milepost 239), trailer sites, comfort stations, drinking water, 30 miles of trail. At Milepost 238.5 is the picturesque Brinegar Cabin. Be sure to visit Wildcat Rocks (Milepost 241.1), to view the Caudill House, a survivor from a community largely destroyed by an early 20th century flood.
  • 248.1: NC 18 Crossover 2 Mi. west of Laurel Springs. 24 mi. east to North Wilkesboro, NC.
  • 261: NC 16 Crossover. West 12 mi. to Jefferson, 14 mi. to West Jefferson, 26 mi to Grassey Creek. East 20 mi. to North Wilkesboro.
  • 268: Benge Gap.
  • 272: E.B. Jeffress Park. Picnic area, Comfort station, trail to Cascades.
  • 276.4: Deep Gap. US 421 Crossover. W. 11 mi. to Boone. E 26 miles to North Wilkesboro.
  • 291.9: US 221/321 Crossover. 7 mi. north to Boone, 2 mi. south to Blowing Rock.
  • 292.7: Moses H. Cone Memorial Park, 3,600 acres. Many miles of horse and carriage trails, hiking, fishing.
  • 294: Historic Flat Top Manor House; Parkway Craft Center; comfort station; visitor information, publications.
  • 295: Julian Price Memorial Park. 4,344 acres. Campground, picnic area, lake, boating, fishing, trails. Alt. 3,400. Reservations for camping
  • 304.4: Linn Cove Viaduct Information Center. Visitor information, comfort station, publications. Trail access viaduct. Alt. 4,000.
  • 305.2: Junction Parkway and US 221. 3 mi. west to Linville.
  • 308.2: Flat Rock Parking Area. Self-guiding nature trail to superb view of Linville Valley and Grandfather Mountain.
  • 312: NC 181 Crossover, 32 miles southeast to Morganton, 2 mi. north to Pineola.
  • 316.3: Linville Falls. Visitor Center. Campground and picnic area. Trail to overlooks of falls and gorge. For more information on Linville Falls, click here. For camping reservations
  • 316.4: Linville River Parking Area. One of the Parkway’s largest stone arch bridges. Three spans of 80 feet each. Fish in Linville River. Picnic area. Comfort Station. Alt. 3,250. Take Spur Rd. to Linville Falls, campground and visitor center.
  • 317.4: South 1 mi. to Linville Falls community. 24 mi. To Marion.
  • 320.7: Chestoa View offers an unusually fine view from one of the many vertical cliffs on Humpback Mountain.
  • 331: NC 226 Crossover. 6 mi. north to Spruce Pine. 14 mi. south to Marion.
  • 331: Museum of North Carolina Minerals. Junction of Parkway & NC 226. Features minerals found in North Carolina and regional geology. County Chamber of Commerce Office. Restrooms. Open daily year around.
  • 331: Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail - Commemorates the campaign leading up to the American victory at Kings Mountain in 1780. Route crosses the Blue Ridge Parkway at Gillespie Gap, near the Mineral Museum. Administered by the National Park Service.
  • 334: NC 226A Crossover to Little Switzerland.
  • 339.5: Crabtree Falls. 250 acres. Hiking, picnic area, camping, comfort station, drinking water. 40-minute walk to Crabtree Falls.
  • 340.3: Crabtree Falls, campground.
  • 344: Buck Creek Gap, NC 80 Crossover. North 16 mi. to Burnsville, south 16 miles to Marion.
  • 355.4: NC 128. To Mount Mitchell State Park. Highest Peak in Eastern U.S.A., Observation Tower, Tent Camping Area, Trails, Nature Study, Picnic Area, Natural History Museum, Restaurant. (May-October).
  • 364.4: Craggy Gardens Visitor Center. Information, exhibits, publications. (May-October) Trails.
  • 367.6: Spur to Craggy Gardens. Picnic area, Comfort Station, trails.
  • 376.6: NC 694, Ox Creek Road. Scenic Elk Mountain Highway. 8 miles to Weaverville. 7 miles to Asheville.
  • 377.4: NC 694. Mountain Town Road. 7 Miles to Asheville.
  • 382: Southern Highland Folk Art Center - Parkway information station, publications. Headquarters of Southern Highland Handicraft Guild, craft sales, demonstrations and exhibits, interpretive talks and other programs, conferences, craft library, auditorium and Guild offices. Hours: Daily 9-5. Hours extended in summer. (handicapped friendly).
  • 382.6: Junction Parkway and US 70. West 1 mi. to Oteen, 5 mi. to Asheville. East 10 mi. to Black Mountain.
  • 384: Blue Ridge Parkway Headquarters is located just off the Parkway at Milepost 383. Information may be obtained by writing to this address: 199 Hemphill Knob Rd, Asheville, NC 28803 or calling (828) 298-0398. Detailed information may be found on the Internet Parkway Web Site at Brochures also available in French, German and Spanish.
  • 384: Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center - Information desk, museum quality exhibits, a 22-foot interactive map and a dramatic 24-minute Parkway movie. Open daily 9-5. (828) 298-5330.
  • 384.7: US 74A Crossover. West 3 mi. to Asheville. East to Chimney Rock, Bat Cave, Gerton, and Lake Lure.
  • 388.8: US 25 Crossover. North 5 mi. to Asheville.
  • 393.6: NC 191 Crossover. 6 miles north to Asheville. 20 miles south to Hendersonville.
  • 405.5: NC 151. 15 miles north to Candler.
  • 408.6: Mount Pisgah. Campground w/showers, picnic area, trails, (May-November). Mount Pisgah was part of the 100,000-acre estate bought in the late 1800s by George W. Vanderbilt. The first forestry school in America was established on the estate. A large part of the woodland, the first large tract of managed forest in this country, became the nucleus of Pisgah National Forest. For camping reservations
  • 412.2: Wagon Road Gap. US 276 Crossover. South 18 mi. to Brevard, north 8 mi. to Cruso, 22 mi. to Waynesville.
  • 417: Looking Glass Rock. So named because it reflects light brilliantly when water and ice are on the rock’s granite face.
  • 418.8: Graveyard Fields Overlook. Loop trail of moderate difficulty, 2.3 miles, to Yellowstone Falls.
  • 422.4: Devil’s Courthouse Parking Area. Strenuous 1/2 mile hike to “Courthouse” for 360 degree view. Sensitive habitat area. Please stay on trail.
  • 423.3: Beech Gap. NC 215 Crossover. North 24 miles to Waynesville, south 17 miles to Rosman.
  • 431.0: Haywood-Jackson Overlook. 1 1/2 mile selfguided loop trail, of moderate difficulty, to summit of Richland Balsam.
  • 431.4: Richland Balsam Overlook. Highest point on Blue Ridge Parkway motor road. Alt. 6,047.
  • 443.1: Balsam Gap. US 74-23 Crossover. East 7 mi. to Waynesville, west 12 mi. to Sylva.
  • 451.2: Waterrock Knob Parking Overlook. Visitor Information Center, Comfort Station. 4-State view including fine panorama of the Great Smoky Mountains. Trail, with pedestrian overlooks, to the Knob.
  • 455.7: Soco Gap, US 19 Crossover. 12 miles west to Cherokee, 5 miles east to Maggie Valley.
  • 458.2: Heintooga Ridge Rd. Spur to Mile High Overlook. 12 miles to Great Smoky Mtns. National Park Campground.
  • 461.9: Big Witch Overlook
  • 469.1: Junction Parkway and US 441. 2 miles south to Cherokee, 29 miles north to Gatlinburg. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is located equally in North Carolina and Tennessee. The Park’s 507,168 acres may viewed from paved roads and many wilderness trails. Information bulletin board. Oconaluftee Visitor Center near Parkway & US 441.

Highlights & Happenings

  • Moses H. Cone Park, MP 294
  • Today the manor and the entire estate are one of the most heavily used areas along the Parkway and home to the Parkway Craft Center. Carriage roads are popular for hiking, horseback riding and cross-country skiing, especially by residents of the Boon
  • Cumberland Knob, MP 217.5
  • Located near the Virginia state line, Cumberland Knob is the site where construction of the Blue Ridge Parkway began in 1935. It was the first recreation area opened to the public and remains a favorite destination for both locals and visitors.
  • Craggy Gardens, MP 364
  • For generations, visitors have headed for the Craggies in June, typically the prime time for viewing the pink and purple blooms of Catawba rhododendrons that blanket much of the area.
  • Doughton Park, MP 240
  • The Brinegar Cabin, craft demonstrations, and diverse hiking options and make Doughton Park a must-experience destination along the Parkway.
  • Humpback Rocks, MP 5.8
  • At the northern end of the Blue Ridge Parkway, Humpback Rocks is perhaps the best representation of the varied combination of natural and cultural resources anywhere along the Parkway corridor. Visitors can tour a collection of nineteenth century far
  • Julian Price Memorial Park, MP 297
  • Price Park is a haven for relaxation and recreation with the 47-acre Price Lake as its focal point. Visitors enjoy one of the most popular and largest picnic areas on the Parkway, along with camping, boating and fishing on Price Lake, and ample oppor
  • Rocky Knob & Mabry Mill, MP 169, 176.2
  • These Parkway treasures offer many opportunities for visitors including hiking, camping, picnicking, and one of the most-photographed structures along the Blue Ridge Parkway.
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