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Blue Ridge Parkway

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This 469-mile scenic drive links Shenandoah and Great Smoky Mountains National Park, while protecting the cultural and natural features of the Blue Ridge.
  • Excellent84%
  • Very good12%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“beautiful drive” (465 reviews)
“speed limit” (236 reviews)
“fall colors” (190 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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Reviewed yesterday

The Parkway is one of the best natural wonders that the U.S. has to offer. The views are unparalleled and there are many places to pull off and just take it in or snap a few photo shots.

Thank charlesf930
Reviewed 1 week ago

Breathtaking scenery and lookouts. Dog friendly hiking. The visitor center is very nice (although dogs are not allowed in the visitor center).

Thank SchnauzerBridget
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a great drive. Did three separate road trips on three different days from Asheville. Breath taking views. Would highly recommend for the entire family. Even in December with no leaves it was worth it. I really like the lookouts. Its nice to be able...More

Thank jojobnc
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I knew I was taking a chance at this time of year and sure enough much of the parkways was closed . But even the limited parts of it that we could access was amazing. One could only imagine how much more it would be...More

Thank Shankar R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My family and I tried two times to access the Blue Ridge Parkway while in the Asheville area. The first day it was cold and snowy, and we came upon an accident near a tunnel, so opted to turn around and try another day. We...More

Thank Beach Bum Woman
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We experienced a lovely but short drive on the parkway. Unfortunately, we were a little too late for the spectacular fall colors - an excuse for another earlier visit.

Thank denver60
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

I was only on the parkway for a few short miles but it is a beautiful way to get from one side of Asheville to another. Take your time.

Thank WCUcody
Reviewed December 11, 2017

We love trips to the mountains and this is less than 3 hours from Charlotte. We tend to do a day trip depending upon how early we get started. The views are amazing and there are lots of things to do nearby. Great for families...More

Thank CltGirl129
Reviewed December 9, 2017

While there are scores of reviews on this amazing parkway, I was searching for the "best" view points.. Well if you want best views here is my recommendation.. Start anywhere and end anywhere you like! Yes - The whole Parkway is amazing, start anywhere you...More

1  Thank Love2ReviewThis
Reviewed December 6, 2017

The parkway is an excellent drive and the beauty is unequal to anywhere I have visited. Usually closed during winter because of the weather. But worth a day trip.

Thank Clinical R
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January 4, 2018|
Response from SewManyDolls | Reviewed this property |
We just did day trips along the parkway, as we stayed in a hotel about 15 minutes away from downtown Asheville. I'm not sure what accommodations are available along the parkway itself, but your best bet would be to use this... More
December 15, 2017|
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Response from Ken W | Reviewed this property |
Tree color is probably all gone but if you love mountains by all means go. Just be aware of the weather. There could be fog at the higher elevations.
Sue D
Hello T. A. 's . My husband and I will be arriving in Asheville on March 30 2018 with hotel reservations for 3 nights, but could add more. We have reservations for the Biktmore for 9am Sat. March 31. We have Sunday ( Easter) open to explore Asheville will things be open on Easter? We want to explore Blue Ridge Parkway, trying to decide if we should do both the SW and the NE drive from Asheville, We would like to do some short hikes, Are the visitor centers open that first week of April, and what is typically the weather like during that time? Looking at staying in Blowing Rock or Boone one night then head east not sure where yet (we are visiting a cousin in Pinehurst for a day) . We fly out of Charlotte Monday April .9 so we have time to explore some hidden gems in NC, any recommendations are appreciated. Love history, local foods ( possibly a food tour) and short hikes ( less than 5 miles round trip). We have been to the coast so most likely won't go this time. Thank you for your help
December 6, 2017|
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Response from SewManyDolls | Reviewed this property |
We loved finding off-road short hikes through parks and on "roads less traveled" but be sure to visit Craggy Gardens for a hike to an amazing view.....visitor's center there too, with restrooms and gift shop (a rarity along... More