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Blue Ridge Parkway, NC

National Park Service

A Blue Ridge Parkway experience is unlike any other, a slow-paced and relaxing drive revealing stunning long-range vistas and close-up views of the rugged mountains and pastoral landscapes of the Appalachian...[more]

Parkway view with approaching storm
The long view off of the Blue Ridge Parkway

This high mountain road offers close up views of the cultural and natural history of the region plus long views such as this one.

Mike Booher photo

Mabry Mill
Mabry Mill at Milepost 176

In addition to the early 20th century water powered grist mill, cultural demonstrations and Sunday afternoon music and dancing highlight a visit to this part of the Parkway. The adjacent restaurant and gift shop offer visitors the opportunity to relax and enjoy this special part of the Parkway.

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Blue Ridge Parkway

Address

199 Hemphill Knob Road
Asheville, NC 28803
Phone:828-670-1924
Email:Peter_Givens@nps.gov

Directions

The Parkway connects Shenandoah National Park near Waynesboro, VA (Milepost 0) with Great Smoky Mountains National Park near Cherokee, NC (Milepost 469).  There are entrances and exits at all major federal and state highways and part of a Parkway experience is getting into the towns and communities of the region.  Asheville and Boone, NC and Roanoke, VA are the largest cities along the way.  In Virginia, Interstates 64, 81, and 77 all have directions for accessing the Parkway.  The same is true for Interstates 40 and 26 in North Carolina.

Activities
  • AUTO TOURING AUTO TOURING
  • BIKING BIKING
  • BOATING BOATING
  • CAMPING CAMPING
  • FISHING FISHING
  • HIKING HIKING
  • HORSEBACK RIDING HORSEBACK RIDING
  • PHOTOGRAPHY PHOTOGRAPHY
  • WILDLIFE VIEWING WILDLIFE VIEWING
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