Blue Ridge Pkwy, North Carolina Mountains

#1 of 6 in Scenic Drive in North Carolina
Must see · Scenic Drive · Tourist Spot
One of the country's longest scenic drives, Blue Ridge Pkwy runs for 755 km (469 mi), cutting its way through two states and 29 counties. Constructed in the 1930s to connect two major national parks, the road runs mostly along the Blue Ridge, a mountain chain of the Appalachian Mountains. Most visitors choose to travel this road in the spring when the surrounding landscape blooms with native wildflowers. You can also pick a less crowded time of year, like autumn, when you can photograph the changing colors of the forest. Stop at any one of a dozen visitor centers scattered along the road to take a short rest, re-energize with a cup of coffee, or get a free map. See Blue Ridge Pkwy and all Montreat has to offer by arranging your trip with our Montreat trip maker app.
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  • It was a scenic drive. Loved that there were so many overlooks along the drive. Great places to hike with various levels of difficulty and mileage. We stopped at Craggy Gardens and Mount Mitchell! We....  more »
  • We drove the entire 469 miles of the Blue Ridge Parkway between October 19 and 22 during an absolutely beautiful fall season for "leaf peeping." For the most part, the park was not crowded and was...  more »
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