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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

November 18, 2018
Spending the holidays in the Blue Ridge Mountains brings to mind cozy fireside nights under homespun quilts, a brisk family hike to find the perfect Christmas tree on the farm, and the very the best slopes for skiing and sledding. We’ve rounded up all this and more in our guide to festive winter fun in the communities along the Blue Ridge Parkway.
October 18, 2018
When will the leaves be at peak color this Fall along the Blue Ridge Parkway? While it would be nice if we could forecast the moment Autumn foliage will dazzle us with peak vibrancy as reliably as we track the ocean's tides, just when and why the leaves change colors is a complex array of factors far less predictable.

Recommended Itineraries

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.
1 day
A one-day trip through the Pisgah District is a long drive – perhaps best undertaken from the comfort of your car – but comes with unique rewards. There is a natural resource emphasis that features relic populations of plants, long vistas across rugged and remote areas, and a feel of…