Northwest Trading Post to Linville Falls Professional Review and Guide
"There is no level ground from the trading post to Julian Price Memorial Park. You climb from the Northwest Trading Post, descend some, and then climb some more. You are headed toward Boone, Blowing Rock, and Grandfather Mountain, so higher elevations and the climbs that accompany them are inevitable.
There are several fine overlooks in this area, so at least cruise through them: view from the Lump (Milepost 264.4), Mount Jefferson Overlook (Milepost 266.9), and Elk Mountain Overlook (Milepost 274.3). At E. B. Jeffress Park a brief trail leads to Cascades Waterfall. In the 37 miles between the Northwest Trading Post and Julian Price, the Parkway takes you through a busy area. Those traveling south are approaching a spectacular section of the Parkway."