Blue Ridge Parkway

On the Blue Ridge Parkway, the journey is the destination. Called “America’s Favorite Drive,” the Blue Ridge Parkway spans over 400 miles from the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia, to the Smokey Mountains in North Carolina. Over 120 miles of the Parkway runs through the High Country and our area features some of the most photographed, most visited stops on this amazing scenic drive. The High Country is also an integral part of the history of the Parkway because construction both began here, at Cumberland Gap, and ended in 1987 with the completion of the Linn Cove Viaduct.


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Blue Ridge Parkway History

  • Blue Ridge Parkway History

    • U.S. Forest Service offers new digital maps for mobile devices



      WASHINGTON, Nov. 20, 2013 – The U.S. Forest Service now offers access to a variety of visitor maps for people using Android and iOS devices. “This

    • New Hiking Trails Open in High Country



      Two new hiking trails have been created and are now open to the public.  The trails are located in the Pisgah Game Lands and are

    • Blue Ridge Parkway Open Despite Government Shutdown



      The Blue Ridge Parkway will remain open for driving, hiking and nature exploration despite the government shutdown.  However, the facilities including welcome centers, bathrooms, museums

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        2013 FALL COLOR REPORTAppalachian State University’s Professor of Plant Physiology, Howie Neufeld, Ph.D., provides weekly leaf color updates for the High Country.  According to

    • Fall Hawk Migration Viewing Sites- NC High Country



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    • Linn Cove Viaduct



      After 52 years of construction, the Blue Ridge Parkway was completed in September 1987.Ground was broken on September 11, 1935 at Cumberland Knob, North Carolina,

    • Blue Ridge Parkway History



      The construction of the Blue Ridge Parkway came about through a combination of circumstances, which could never be duplicated. Although the idea of a road

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