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The scenery is amazing. And Virginia is a State that I love. I stay with friends in Fredericksburg while I’m in the USA. They explained how great the drive was and how the view would amaze me (which it did) for hours. The only thing...More
Enjoyed a beautiful day's drive from Fancy Gap to Asheville. Clear to see why this range is known as the Blue Ridge as the morning haze paints all in blue. These 200 miles took us all day (8 hours) to drive because we stopped to...More
I have never enjoyed the Blue Ridge Parkway as much as I did on our ultra-relaxed July 5th drive along the high stretch from Spruce Pine to Asheville, passing Mount Mitchell and Craggy Garden. It can be a really exasperating drive if you have any...More
We got on the parkway at Cherokee. It was rainy and misty which kept some of the view obfuscated but it still was one of the prettiest drives I’ve ever seen. There are multiple overlooks and I could have stopped at every one. The mountains...More
We have traveled the Blue Ridge Parkway several times through the years. It never ceases to amaze me. The beauty of the area is awe inspiring. I recommend that you take it slow and enjoy the surrounding scenery. There are a lot of good places...More
Excellent. We went slow - 30-40mph, we stopped a lot! Drivers of all vehicles were cordial. Stayed in Lake Junaluska the night before, and headed to Asheville via BRP.
We did the Looking glass mountain stop - across the street is the Skinny dip falls,...More
An easy drive and before too long you find that you're 6,000 feet above sea level. Regular viewpoints enable you to appreciate the fabulous views. On the second day the rain and mist closed in so the views disappeared but we'd already seen plenty.
I love the blue ridge parkway very easy to get to from 23/74 where I usually stay. I was able to take it all the way back from sliding rock and you never know what you're going to find at the overlook. I normally drive...More
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I was not aware of any repaving. The National Park Service personnel are very conscientious and good at their jobs. They will do everything to ensure your... More
Sorry, I am late in responding. I just saw your question.
I was not aware of any repaving. The National Park Service personnel are very conscientious and good at their jobs. They will do everything to ensure your safety.
On return home, I also traveled on the Blue Ridge Parkway from Cherokee to Boone. It is prettier from the southern end than the northern end.
Enjoy. Take your time.
Sadly - half a day is not great on the Southern End of the BRP. You can take the BRP from outside of Assheville down to past Balsam Mtn and exit onto Hwy 74 - which cuts off a good part of the BRP - areas like Waterrock... More
Sadly - half a day is not great on the Southern End of the BRP. You can take the BRP from outside of Assheville down to past Balsam Mtn and exit onto Hwy 74 - which cuts off a good part of the BRP - areas like Waterrock Knob that are past Hwy 74 going into Cherokee and GSMNP. That part is a good 3 hour drive and making a few stops along the way. Pisgah Inn is the ONLY place on this part of the BRP that has a restaurant / food - so it's that or wait till you get to Sylva, NC - which is not far off the BRP once you get onto Hwy 74 that goes thru Sylva and then onto Hwy 23 to Franklin and Atlanta.
The shortest part would be going from Asheville (I-40) to right past Waynesville / Balsam on Hwy 74 and then heading South on the BRP till you get to Hwy 19 - that runs from Maggie Valley to Cherokee. That will take you by Waterrock Knob and other overlooks that provide some great views. With such a short time you have - hiking the 1/2 mile (each way) up Waterrock may not be possible, but views are great from the massive parking lot. Once you get to Hwy 19 - turn left to go to Cherokee and stop at Socco Falls. Takes maybe 15 minutes to walk the short path to the observation deck. You'll miss the signage if not paying attention, but it's probably less than a mile once you get off the BRP onto Hwy 19. Lots of food options in Cherokee - fast food, restaurants, etc.
Hope this helps some.
Approximate 50 miles. Time is relative to how many stops you make along the way - because there are so many. Most of the overlooks are short stops - 5-10 minutes to shoot some great photo's and just breathe in the... More
Approximate 50 miles. Time is relative to how many stops you make along the way - because there are so many. Most of the overlooks are short stops - 5-10 minutes to shoot some great photo's and just breathe in the smells.
Others like Waterrock Knob, Graveyard Fields, and those with hikes will take much longer. Waterrock is 1/2 mile hike from parking lot to the top, but you can go beyond that for a long way. Graveyard Fields has 2 falls - upper and lower. The lower falls is approx 1/2 mile to it, but the upper falls is more like a mile one way.
If you stop at Socco Falls outside of Maggie Valley - it is a short drive off the BRP and then maybe a 1/8 mile short hike down to the viewing platform. You can go further down and closer to the falls - very short, but not an easy thing. Socco Gap has a hike from the parking lot - not sure how far it is as I've not done that one yet.
It would be best to start early and expect to be on the BRP all day. Once you start your decent towards Asheville - about where the "Highest Point" on the BRP Parkway sign and Devils Courthouse are - not as many spots for good photo's along the way - so that goes pretty quickly.
Enjoy the drive and hikes as much as you can and don't rush - many people do and that is kind of dangerous on that road. If you have a day in Asheville, you can backtrack a bit of you missed some places like the Visitors Center or the Arboretum as they are close to Asheville.