Blue Ridge Parkway Asheville to Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Asheville, North Carolina

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A 75-mile paved section of one of the most famous routes in America, following the dramatic crest of the Pisgah and Great Balsam Mountains to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The Blue Ridge Parkway is one of the premier drives in the United States. It generally follows the crest of the Blue Ridge and other Appalachian mountains for 469 miles, from Shenandoah National Park in Virginia to Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina, Virginia, and Tennessee. Though it is rooted in the Great Depression, the parkway was not completed until the 1980s. Driving the entire route takes several days if you want to see its many sights. Even this 75-mile segment of parkway, the southernmost section, can take more than a day if you spend a lot of time hiking and taking side trips. Special attractions: Blue Ridge Parkway, Pisgah National Forest, Devils Courthouse, Graveyard Fields, Shining Rock Wilderness, Middle Prong Wilderness, Cherokee Indian Reservation, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, hiking, scenic views, and fall colors. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more.
Scenic Driving North Carolina

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Scenic Driving North Carolina

by Laurence Parent (Falcon Guides)

A 75-mile paved section of one of the most famous routes in America, following the dramatic crest of the Pisgah and Great Balsam Mountains to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The Blue Ridge Parkway is one of the premier drives in the United States. It generally follows the crest of the Blue Ridge and other Appalachian mountains for 469 miles, from Shenandoah National Park in Virginia to Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina, Virginia, and Tennessee. Though it is rooted in the Great Depression, the parkway was not completed until the 1980s. Driving the entire route takes several days if you want to see its many sights.

Even this 75-mile segment of parkway, the southernmost section, can take more than a day if you spend a lot of time hiking and taking side trips. Special attractions: Blue Ridge Parkway, Pisgah National Forest, Devils Courthouse, Graveyard Fields, Shining Rock Wilderness, Middle Prong Wilderness, Cherokee Indian Reservation, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, hiking, scenic views, and fall colors. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more.

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Activity Type: Scenic Drives
Nearby City: Asheville
Distance: 75
Season: Best spring through fall
Local Contacts: Blue Ridge Parkway (National Park Service); Pisgah National Forest (Pisgah Ranger District); Great Smoky National Park
Driving Directions: Directions to Blue Ridge Parkway: Asheville to Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Recent Trail Reviews

8/19/2008
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Have always loved this drive, and the area since visiting as a small child in the 60s. I used to get carsick in the mountains the way my Dad drove, but we returned again & again & I always loved it & looked forward to it.


10/24/2005
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Sad to say, the weather this fall did not facilitate the beautiful colors that one normally sees on the Parkway in late October. We took a brief glimpse and returned to sightseeing in Asheville, Flat Rock, Hendersonville, and Black Mountain. Thanks for giving me the map that would have made the trip most fruitful. We'll try again next year. Best wishes, E. T. Smith


6/18/2004
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