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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” (457 reviews)
“speed limit” (219 reviews)
“fall colors” (182 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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Reviewed yesterday

My dream was to spend my 25th wedding anniversary on the Blue Ridge Parkway, and it didn't disappoint! Such a pretty place! Hubby did say though that after hours of curves and mountain roads it was almost hypnotic. We went all the way from where...More

Thank Kimberly M
Reviewed 6 days ago

This is the southern part of the Blue Ridge Parkway that runs through the Pisgah National Forest. We got on the Pkwy where 74 connects and drove south to the 276 road exit. Three were lots of scenic overlooks to pull off and take in...More

1  Thank John L
Reviewed 1 week ago

The mountains are I believe in my blood, I am a flat lander, but the mountains call me.....the are majestic and every corner has a new view..... any chance I get to go to the Appalachian mountains I will be in that vehicle.......

Thank ButternutPecan
Reviewed 1 week ago

We traveled here with some friends who knew this area would appeal to us. We drove along the gorgeous parkway and stopped at numerous scenic points, finally stopping at Mount Pisgah to climb to the top. The sign warned that it was a 1.5 mile...More

1  Thank Jacquie F
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you love the mountains then this is the drive for you. A way to get into the mountains without leaving the car. Tunnels are neat and plenty of overlooks for great photo opportunities. Watch the speed limit as NPS patrols the winding roads. Be...More

Thank Henry R
Reviewed 1 week ago

I have noted the existence of the Blue Ridge parkway for many years but only recently was able to spend a long weekend driving along it and absorbing the wonderful views. Two days gave us time to travel both north and south from our campground...More

Thank Jon L
Reviewed 1 week ago

Most of my exposure to the Blue Ridge Parkway is on the Virginia side. Mile markers through 100 provide some of the most stunning views. Markers 100-200 provide fewer views, but still yield a fun drive and exceptional scenery. This should be a multiple day...More

Thank Matt G
Reviewed 1 week ago

I've seen my fair share of mountains, but this area tops the list. The views are nothing short of awe-inspiring and breathtaking. We stopped at multiple overlooks just to admire the view. There was fog creeping in, which made for some great photos! We also...More

Thank GoneChopin
Reviewed 1 week ago

Drive up the Parkway any day of the week, but especially Monday-Friday when there are fewer cars. The air grows cooler and fresher as you climb up the hills.

Thank Michael W
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

So much to see and do along the way. Plenty of place to stop and take photos or get out for a stroll or a long hike. Recommend at least 2 day to drive and 3-4 if you want time to get out and do...More

Thank D P
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hi how about towing a 27 ft travel trailer?
17 June 2017|
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Response from okeedoke | Reviewed this property |
Hmmm. I would not want to try that...just saying. Lots of sections that would cause me concern. The NPS has a site (I can't link it here) that might help. Good luck!
Ginger G
I'm planning a road trip through the south and up through the North Carolina mountains. I am nailed down by plans one night in Cherokee, and the next night in Sparta, so I have one day to drive up the Blue Ridge Parkway, about 6.5 hours. My question is this: should I skip part of the Blue Ridge Parkway for a faster route so that I can make more stops to do picnic, explore, do a short hike? (And if so, what portion of the parkway would be lower on the priority list.) Or is it really about the drive itself, and I should just plan to drive the whole thing with minimal stops?
30 May 2017|
Response from Blue Ridge Park... A | Property representative |
Hi, Ginger. It really is very much about the journey itself to many, though scenic overlooks, picnic spots, waterfalls and hikes are all nice, too! People often return to the Parkway to pick up where they left off on an... More
Brenda N
Hi! We are planning a trip to Pigeon Forge, TN & thought maybe take a day/overnight through Ashevile. What do you think? We're leaving on Tues. from Southern MD &plan to arrive in TN on Wed. evening.
29 May 2017|
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Response from iculungman | Reviewed this property |
We had a fun time Geocaching all the way from Pigeon forge down thru Gatlingburg and on to Asheville. In Asheville avoid I-26 south of I-40 as it has massive construction delays. But a fun area to visit. BRP was nice when... More