Blue Ridge Mountain Attractions
The Blue Ridge Parkway
provides both stunning scenery and close-up looks at the natural and cultural
history of the southern Appalachian Mountains. It is designed as a drive-awhile
and stop-awhile experience, so please take your time.
The Parkway meanders for 469 miles and connects Shenandoah and Great Smoky Mountains National Parks, providing ample opportunities for stops at overlooks, picnic and camping facilities, trails, and wonderful cultural and natural areas. The park information number at (828) 298 0398 is your best source for up-to-date information on special events or what is blooming along the Parkway.
Linville Falls is a beautiful series of dramatic falls that drop to a deep gorge, accessed by a trail lined with rare virgin stands of white pine, and hemlock. The area around the Falls is one of the few places in these mountains where the Rosebay, Catawba, and Carolina Rhododendron grow side by side. A campground and picnic area along the Linville River are among the most popular on the Parkway. The various trails here include the short walk up Duggers Creek and more strenuous walks along the Linville Gorge. There is a visitor center here and a number of off-the-Parkway motels, bed-and-breakfast inns, and campgrounds.