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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.

Stories from the Highlands Region

February 24, 2021
A drive along the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway is literally a trip through time. Construction on the Parkway began near Cumberland Knob in North Carolina in September 1935. Works Project Administration crews completed some of the early road construction, landscaping and recreation area development. As you travel the Parkway today,…
January 25, 2021
January 26 is National Plan for Vacation Day and I’m including my tips for vacation planning amidst the unpredictability of 2021. My husband and I have sadly been planning back-to-back transatlantic and Mediterranean cruises for more than a year that have just been canceled. But, we’re still healthy and still…

Recommended Itineraries

2 - 3 days
Blowing Rock is located directly on the Blue Ridge Parkway, and is home to several iconic NC High Country attractions. It takes more than one day to tour some of the best-known sites. If you are looking for a sight-seeing adventure or just want to revisit your favorites, check out this itinerary!
1 day
The little town of Blowing Rock is surrounded by undeveloped lands, like a giant backyard to explore. This one-day itinerary takes in the views and the environment for a true Blue Ridge experience.