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Address: Asheville, NC
Phone Number: 828-298-0398
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Activities: Driving
Description: This 469-mile scenic drive links Shenandoah and Great Smoky Mountains...
This 469-mile scenic drive links Shenandoah and Great Smoky Mountains National Park, while protecting the cultural and natural features of the Blue Ridge.
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The section between Asheville and Brevard has many viewpoints allowing places to stop and ooh and ah at views along both sides of the ridge.The twisty, narrow road had negligible... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 25, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

Drove from Asheville nearly to Roanoke, including two lengthy diversions where the parkway was closed. Started off in fog and rain so very tough driving conditions and painfully slow. When it did clear you seem to drive mostly along a tree lined road with clearings and view points here and there. The view points are mainly large vistas of mountains,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

The parkway is scenic and in very good shape -- hikes every now and again help to break up the driving. I drove it in April so there was basically no traffic. After a while, it gets a little tedious, so there were spots where I chose to take parallel routes that were a bit faster. That being said, driving... More 

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Salem, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

The section between Asheville and Brevard has many viewpoints allowing places to stop and ooh and ah at views along both sides of the ridge.The twisty, narrow road had negligible traffic this time of year, before rhodies are in bloom.

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New York
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38 reviews 38 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

While visiting family in Asheville, my wife and I took a much needed break to enjoy the sweeping vistas and beauty of the mountains. The elevations along the Parkway heading south and west of Asheville vary significantly from approximately 2000 ft. to over 4,000 ft. I enjoy landscape photography and in the lower elevations Spring was in full bloom and... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

Be careful --> google maps was really really wrong on how to get to the parking area. Besides our poor navigator our trip was great. It was a beautiful day out. The trail to Mt. Pisgah gets a fair amount of travel, but it has a gorgeous panoramic view of western NC. It was 3 miles to the top and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

We traveled on the Blue Ridge Parkway in April 2015. We drove up to the Pisgah Inn and then took the parkway back to Asheville. Being a Florida gal (hello flat land) I was totally scared of the roads at 5k elevation with no railing but I will say, the anxiety of those roads was totally worth the view and... More 

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Fernandina Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

absolutely gorgeous views. We cannot wait to travel this parkway in the fall. Could do without all of the police presence though, seemed like overkill at times.

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Gainesville, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

We got on the Blue Ridge in Asheville and drove up and down for about 3 hours. It is beautiful to see the mountains just in a natural, quiet state. I don't mind mountains that are built into or on for sure which makes the mostly untouched Blue Ridge Pkwy mountains look even more unreal. Sometimes you'd find stopping places... More 

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California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

Its spring time again and it reminds me of my visit to Asheville las t summer. I am coming back for the city meets my every vacation need of mine, great places for nature lovers to hike at, ecotourism, naturesque attractions, rich in art, culture, cuisines and vacation rentals. I fall short of words..

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Rockville, MD
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

We drove north on the Parkway from Asheville. We encountered only a few cars and wonderful views. We stopped at Craggy Gardens where we were treated to the sound of the rushing water in the mountains. A wonderful spring treat!

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