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Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 384: Parkway Visitor Center and Park Store Visitors traveling the Blue Ridge Parkway can now make one stop to learn about the entire 469 miles and history of the Parkway. The Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center in Asheville, NC offers an award-winning film and interactive exhibits on the… Read More
Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 339.5 – 340.2: Crabtree Falls Crabtree Falls is accessed by one of two routes: a three-mile total hike that leads to the base of the falls or a more strenuous 3.5-mile loop trail that leads to the top of the waterfall. Visitors say, whichever path you… Read More
Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 364.4 – 367.6: Craggy Gardens Twisted, jagged, rocky “crags” give Craggy Gardens its name, but these high elevation summits are home to the most spectacular floral display along the 469-mile Blue Ridge Parkway corridor. For generations, visitors have headed for the Craggies in June, typically the prime time… Read More
Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 217.5: Cumberland Knob 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. The mixture of lush… Read More
Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 115: Explore Park Recreational Area, Visitor Center and Park Store Explore Park is 1,100 acres of woods and land to explore with bike paths, hiking trails, and historic buildings. The Roanoke River runs through the park for kayaking, canoeing, and fishing. Roanoke River access day passes for… Read More
Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 418.8: Graveyard Fields Overlook Graveyard Fields is named for the haunting skeletons of ancient trees punctuating an otherwise grassy field, as seen from above at the Graveyard Fields Overlook. The horizon beyond offers a breathtaking view of surrounding mountains. To call the overlook a vista is an… Read More
Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 296.7: Price Park A majestic 4,200 acres at the foot of Grandfather Mountain named in honor of Julian Price comprises this popular park. Julian Price Memorial Park lies directly adjacent to Moses H. Cone Memorial Park. Together these parks make up the largest developed area set… Read More
Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 304.4: Linn Cove Viaduct Final Link of the Parkway This seven-mile section of the Blue Ridge Parkway – once the Parkway’s missing link – was completed in 1987. It was delayed for twenty years as environmentalists, adjacent landowners, engineers, and architects sought a design that would preserve and… Read More
Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 316.3 – 317.8: Linville Falls Visitor Center and Park Store Trails near the Linville Falls Visitor Center lead to the breathtaking three-tiered Linville Falls over the Linville Gorge via both strenuous and moderate hikes. The steep-walled Gorge is known as the “Grand Canyon of the Southern… Read More
Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 85.6 – 90.9: Peaks of Otter With stunning views, natural beauty, and the surrounding Jefferson National Forest, it’s no wonder the Peaks of Otter area has attracted people to the region for more than 8,000 years. Native Americans passed through the area while hunting, and European… Read More