Discover Western North Carolina
Explore Nature on the Blue Ridge Parkway
The Blue Ridge Parkway winds 469.1 miles from Cherokee in southwestern North Carolina through the rolling hills and mountains of Southern Appalachia to central Virginia. It is renowned for its breathtaking mountain vistas, brilliant wildlife viewing, rich cultural history, and wealth of recreational opportunities, and draws thousands of motorists, motorcyclists, bikers, hikers, campers, and more each and every year. It’s not just about the views at the Blue Ridge Parkway—hundreds of miles of possibility await.
Find Your Journey on the Blue Ridge Parkway
Drive the Parkway: Be sure to bring your camera and maybe some binoculars to truly capture the breathtaking views of rising mountains, plunging waterfalls, rolling green pastures, and dramatic gorges.
Hike Through Wilderness: Over 100 varied trails meander along the roadway to provide an up-close look at beautiful and diverse nature and wildlife. Many trails divert into highly unique wilderness environments while others link to historic sites.
Enjoy the Blooms—or the Fall Colors: From early spring well into late fall, the flora of the Blue Ridge Parkway is in constant change. Every month brings new colors, new plants, and new flowers. And in mid to late October, the trees begin their brilliant autumn show of golds, reds, oranges, and yellows.
Explore the Towns: The Blue Ridge Parkway pass through or near to many charming and unique communities, towns, and cities. Be sure to stop by and explore the unique downtowns, culture, and attractions of places such as Asheville, Hendersonville, Chimney Rock, Blowing Rock, and Boone.
Stop By Popular Attractions: There are quite a few must-see attractions along the way, like Chimney Rock State Park, the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, The Blowing Rock, Elijah Mountain Gem Mine, and the Folk Art Center of Asheville.
Take in the Views by Motorcycle: Not for nothing is the Blue Ridge Parkway renowned as one of the best motorcycle rides in the country. It’s an undeniably exciting ride of sweeping curves and breathtaking views. And there are plenty of scenic overlooks, picnic sites, campsites, and lodging options along the way.
Bike the Parkway: With an elevation that ranges from 600 to 6,000 feet, any distance biked along the roadway is a feat, especially since weather conditions can be varied and unpredictable in any season, and there are often long distances between developed areas.
Fish the Waterways: The Parkway offers access to a wealth of streams, ponds, and rivers, providing the perfect setting for anglers. Common catches include trout, bass, and panfish.
Come Explore Western Carolina!
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