The Blue Ridge Parkway – FUN FACTS
The Blue Ridge Parkway is the most visited National Park with over 19,000,000 visitors, more visitors than Yosemite, the Grand Canyon and Yellowstone combined!
If you were to travel the entire length of the Blue Ridge Parkway, you would drive 469 miles, cross through two states and 29 counties, pass nine campgrounds and four National Forests (Pisgah, George Washington, Jefferson and Nantahala, cross 151 bridges and pass through 26 tunnels, of which 25 are in the state of North Carolina.
There are over 250+ parking overlooks alongside the Blue Ridge Parkway, perfect for photo opportunities or a quick picnic. We recommend you bucket list all 250+ overlooks along the Blue Ridge Parkway!
The natural features of the Blue Ridge Parkway feature waterfalls, 100+ mile mountain views and valley views, colorful flowers and thousands of plant species and plenty of wildlife. The most popular time to visit the Blue Ridge Parkway is mid-October during the peak foliage season (typically Oct 15-24).
The Blue Ridge Parkway is more than just America’s Road or America’s Prettiest Drive or the most popular National Park in America, it is also one of the most biologically diverse places to visit on our planet, containing many protected plant species and thousands of species of trees. The Parkway is also home to dozens of historic buildings making it a must-see vacation and a place families have been choosing to make Mountain Memories for years. Make the Blue Ridge Parkway a part of your Blue Ridge Vacations.
BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY HIKING TRAILS
The below Blue Ridge Parkway Hiking Trails are specially designed for the non-hikers in all of us (most kids and elderly too) – easy access and easy hikes to find some spectacular Blue Ridge Mountains views, Blue Ridge Parkway Attractions and Historic Places Boone NC.
Caudill Cabin (Mile Marker 248) – 10 mile round-trip, located in Doughton Park, a full day hike or an easy backpacking trip. 3.5 miles up Basin Creek Trail.
The Cascades (Mile Marker 272) – 2.4 mile Blue Ridge Parkway Hike. A 1-mile interpretive waterfall loop. Begin at Tompkins Knob Overlook at mile marker 272.5, walk by Jesse Brown Cabin and find the Cascades parking area. Easy Blue Ridge Parkway Hiking.
Bass Lake & Trout Pond at Moses Cone Park (Mile marker 294.5) – 1 mile lake loops with Bass lake having views of the Moses Cone Manor. Exit Parkway at US-221 and head up Shull’s Mill Road to Trout Lake or go left onto US-221 about a mile and turn into Bass Lake Trail. Easy walking trail around a beautiful usually duck filled pond. Need a North Carolina Fishing License?
Rough Ridge (Mile Marker 302) – 1.2 mile round trip views from Grandfather Mountain – a must-see with boardwalk views only .3 miles from the parking area. There are plenty of Grandfather Mountain Hiking trails, do your homework to select the best one for you!
Linville Falls (Mile Marker 316) – Easy hike to views of waterfalls and if you want a more difficult Linville Hiking Trail, take the Linville Gorge Trail to the head of the Linville Gorge.