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Blue Ridge Parkway - 75 Years


Blue Ridge Parkway—Get Set For Appalachian Spring!


Your Complete Guide to the Ultimate Part of the Parkway



There’s no better—or more accessible—place to celebrate the explosive beauty of Appalachian Spring than the Parkway in the Boone Area, with its awesome scenery, history, and culture. This is your complete guide to the Boone area portion of the Parkway, the pivot point of America's most scenic road.


The Parkway was “born” in the NC High Country at Cumberland Knob in 1935 and it was completed here at Grandfather Mountain in 1987.



Boone area Parkway landmarks range from Mount Mitchell, highest peak in the East, to dozens of spectacular waterfalls, among them Crabtree Falls, Linville Falls, and the Cascades



There’s easy Interstate highway access to the 178-mile NC High Country stretch of the Parkway—between I-77 to the north, (where the new Blue Ridge Music Center offers entertainment and cultural insight), and I-40/I-26 on the south near Asheville (where the Parkway’s main visitor center is located).



Just have a weekend? Major highways lead directly to the Boone Area.



Along the way, there’s culture at the Folk Art Center, Parkway Craft Center, Northwest Trading Post, and natural history at the Museum of NC Minerals. Choose from four Parkway Campgrounds (including the largest), six picnic areas (and countless tables at overlooks), and a classic National Park Service inn at Bluffs Lodge (closed in 2013). 



Long or short, a Parkway sojourn is a peak experience, a relaxing, 45-mph route that’s continually at the crest. Dozens of overlooks invite you to pull off for a view. Easy trails entice you back to nature. Electric autumn color, not to mention explosive spring blooms and cool summer days, are all Boone area hallmarks of the Blue Ridge Parkway experience.


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Basics of the Parkway

Camping on the Parkway

Climb the Highest Peaks by Car

Fishing on the Parkway

Hiking on the Parkway

Just for Kids

Linn Cove Viaduct

Nature on the Parkway

Picnic on the Parkway

Top Ten Overlooks

Visitor Centers and Cabins



Dive into our Interactive Map!


Zoom in close on the map below (use the plus/minus signs and directional arrows at upper left), or repeatedly double click near, but not on, the map symbols. You can literally dive down to see the parking lots for Parkway destinations in this guide. Click any map symbol and information packed balloons pop up to describe locations all along the route. In the map balloons, click "Directions," add your address or location, and step-by-step directions will guide you to Parkway locations from wherever you are! Start in the north, follow the road south, for a local's introduction to your own Boone-area Parkway adventure.



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