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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.
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  • Very good12%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
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“beautiful drive” (460 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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Reviewed yesterday

First, let me begin with this: I'm no athlete, I am NOT in shape and the hike states "moderate to strenuous." "Strenuous" gets my vote. However, after slipping a few times (I wore flipflops and it had rained....what was I thinking????) that view, that panorama,...More

Thank roostertag57
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Thank you to our forefathers for having the foresight to build this road designed as a park. Not only making a relaxing drive but preserving so many beautiful natural landscapes for future generations to enjoy. We got soaked on our hike up Waterrock Knob, so...More

Thank closch7
Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I drove the entire Blue Ridge Pkwy in one weekend (except for about 50 miles due to road closure after Hurricane Irma's winds). We packed a cooler and picnic items and took both of our dogs, rolled down the windows and put...More

Thank FigmentOf Y
Reviewed 1 week ago

We traveled the whole entire mountains in the Smoky's while we, were on our vacation. One day we decided to ride to Cherokee, NC. The views on the mountain there are so beautiful and green. We want to go back when the leaves turns to...More

Thank susangray14
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is an incredibly scenic drive with plenty of rest stops, points of interest, and scenic view stopping places. Everything is well marked and it is well worth the extra time. A definite must if you have the time to take a leisurely drive and...More

Thank E1447ILkellyp
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a great section of the parkway. Expansive views at every corner. Lots of hiking trails to waterfalls, mountains, scenic views. Something for everyone along the way.

Thank William O
Reviewed 1 week ago

No matter the season, there is nothing like a drive along sections of the Blue Ridge Parkway. I'll decide one section is the best, then drive another section that's prettier, then another that's more spectacular... So much to see! And the best time of year,...More

Thank PGinNC
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

...The time I would need to drive the entire Parkway! Started at the southern end, stopping at the first two visitor centers along the way. Very scenic drives, with many lookouts for views/pictures, but this is NOT a highway! More traffic on weekends, lots of...More

2  Thank Joe J
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We took the BRP from the Smoky Mountian NP to Asheville. It is a relaxing drive through scenic stops and surprisingly wasn't all that busy considering how busy the Smokies are (crazy!). Unfortunately the weather wasn't the best but we could still get out at...More

Thank teamflames
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Winding mountain highway, average speed approximately 35mph, many overlooks, and well worth a day trip. Expect slower travel times and congestion during spring and fall.

Thank Michael D
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September 11, 2017|
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Response from Joe H | Reviewed this property |
Remember the low speed limit (and you really do need to go that slow) and the uncertainties of weather. Planning for stops to see stuff and enjoy the views, we did the entire BRP at a leisurely pace (not killing ourselves... More
August 30, 2017|
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Response from Kelly S | Reviewed this property |
Also see Cades Cove and Roaring forks if you are up that way. Cases Cove is in Townsend and Roaring Forks is in Gatlinburg....if you cross 441 to Gatlinburg from Cherokee you might see the Elk. And Upper Tremont Road at... More