Blue ridge Parkway Visitor Center, Asheville

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The route of the Blue Ridge Parkway follows mountain and valley landscapes to link Shenandoah and Great Smoky Mountains National Parks. Its location was selected to provide the best in a variety of scenic, historic, and natural features that evoke the regional image of the central and southern Appalachian Mountains. To maximize scenic views and give visitors the impression that they are in a park with boundaries to the horizon, the Parkway was located in mountainous terrain that roads would normally have avoided.

The Parkway extends 469 miles through the Blue Ridge, Black, Great Craggy, Great Balsam, and Plot Balsam Mountains. It is known for spectacular mountain and valley vistas, quiet pastoral scenes, sparkling waterfalls, colorful flowers and foliage displays, and interpretation of mountain history and culture.
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  • Great views along part of the Parkway but a lot of the roads were closed during our stay. The ranger at the visitors center was very unhelpful.  more »
  • Took a quick side trip to see the visitor center. There were several nice exhibits to checkout as well as a small gift shop. If you are in the area I would recommend taking the 20-30 minutes to walk.....  more »
  • A nice place along the blue ridge parkway. Great location; along the commuter stretch. Huge parking lot, picnic tables, restrooms and a trail head along the mountain to sea trail. I especially recommend this trail head for those who don't like driving on narrow twisting roads but want to find somewhere to hike. I definitely recommend checking this area out!
  • I loved that they had so much to keep kids entertained. They had a great shop and lots to look at. My girls were able to build a bridge with wooden blocks, and we sat down and enjoyed a movie on the history of the Blue Ridge for a few minutes. Must stop if you’re traveling through!
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