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The Highlands Region of the Blue Ridge Parkway extends from the Virginia/North Carolina state line at Milepost 217 and continues south to Milepost 339 in Crabtree Falls, NC.

In this region of the Parkway in North Carolina, you’ll find Linville Falls and other picturesque wonders of the natural environment.

In addition to the destinations featured here along the Parkway itself, the road weaves through historic towns offering a fascinating exploration of the communities’ heritage and culture along the way.

Explore Communities in the

Highlands Region

Listed North to South Milepost
Mt. Airy, Surry, Caldwell, & Wilkes County 229 – 248
Sparta & Alleghany County 229 – 248
Jefferson, W. Jefferson, & Ashe County Area 248.1 – 261
Linville & Avery County 291.9
Boone & Watauga County 291.9 – 294
Blowing Rock Area 293 – 298
Banner Elk, Beech Mtn., & Sugar Mtn. Area 305.2
Marion & McDowell County 316 – 344
Little Switzerland & Mitchell County 331 – 334

Stories from the Highlands Region

December 28, 2019
Visiting the Blue Ridge Parkway for the holidays (or lucky enough to be a local) and looking for unique ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve 2020? We’ve got your guide to some of the best kept secrets for seeing out 2019 and celebrating the start of 2020. Roar into the twenties where ever you are along the Blue Ridge Mountains with one of these fun New Years celebrations.
July 15, 2019
If you're wondering where to go swimming during your Blue Ridge Parkway trip, we've rounded up all the best spots. It's important to note that while there are some beautiful waters located right on the Parkway itself, swimming is not allowed in Parkway waters. But there are no shortage of great swimming holes nearby, as well as guided rafting tours, kayak rentals, tubing, and some beautiful lakeside rentals.

Recommended Itineraries

2 - 3 days
For history lovers who want to get away and experience the simple life with a variety of historical points of interest, abundant natural beauty and even wine tastings and luxury treatments, Patrick County, Virginia is your perfect destination. Here are all the must-see places to help you unplug, unwind, and step back in time.
1 day
A one day trip through the Highlands District of the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina reveals the shift from flat plateau to mountain ridges. A high degree of original Parkway design remains here and you will find mountain cabins in close proximity to magnificent country estates from the early twentieth century.