3. Blue Ridge Parkway

Blue Ridge Parkway.

AshevilleNC  28801

The Blue Ridge Parkway has been known to be America's Favorite Drive and considered the nation's most scenic highway. It is 469 miles long and connects the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in NC to the Shenandoah National Park in VA.

There are many attractions to visit along the parkway:

Folk Art Center       MP 328
Pisgah Mountain     MP 408.6
Graveyard Fields    MP 418.8
Devil's Courthouse  MP 422.4

There are 26 tunnels on the parkway in North Carolina due to the elevation of the mountains. Driving the parkway is a relaxing and enjoyable drive. There are many areas to pull off and enjoy the beautiful mountain vistas. Discover scenic hiking trails, picnic areas, and scenic overlooks. There are also many towns that are a short drive off the Parkway.

The Parkway Visitor's Center is at  Milepost 384 near Asheville, NC.

9 a.m. to 5 pm daily.
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.

Admission: Free.

Phone: (828) 298-5330

Website: http://www.blueridgeheritage.com/node/1019

Explore the listing of hours and opening and closing dates for visitor centers, campgrounds, and concessions and facilities - many of which are at or near the Highlights featured.

There are many attractions to visit along the parkway:

Within North Carolina:

   Folk Art Center     MP 328 (North Carolina)
   Craggy Gardens      MP 364 (North Carolina)
   Pisgah Mountain     MP 408.6 (North Carolina)
   Graveyard Fields    MP 418.8 (North Carolina)
   Devil's Courthouse  MP 422.4.(North Carolina)

Outside of North Carolina:

   Blue Ridge Music Center  MP 213 (700 Foothills Rd, Galax, VA 24333)
   Waterrock Knob           MP 451.2
   Cumberland Knob          MP 217.5
   Moses H. Cone Park       MP 294
   Mount Pisgah             MP 408
   Peaks of Otter           MP 86