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Blue Ridge Parkway

195 Hemphill Knob Rd, North Carolina 28803 USA

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“America's Favorite Drive”

Embark on a stunning drive through the Blue Ridge Mountains. With 469 miles of winding roads and breathtaking vistas, this scenic drive offers unforgettable views of the Appalachian Mountains. Stop at one of the many overlooks to take in panoramic views of the mountains, valleys, and forests. Whether you're exploring the natural beauty, visiting cultural and historic sites, or enjoying outdoor activities like hiking and fishing, the Blue Ridge Parkway offers something for everyone.

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  • 20 Reviews
  • 15 Helpful
09 July 2015
Rated 5.0

Beautiful scenic drive! 10/10
The views were absolutely beautiful. We even stopped to go swimming along the way.
Make sure you have some snacks and petrol, otherwise you have to turn off the highway for a good 20-30 mins sometimes.

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  • 3 Helpful
09 February 2015
Rated 5.0

We drove the entire route from Ashville down to Athen, and were totally blown away by the scenery. The road is just majestic, easy to drive, never too busy and plenty of areas to pullover to appreciate the sheer beauty of the mountains and forests! Best time to go is Aug-October when the trees are changing color, we saw the most incredible landscapes with trees giving off the most surreal colors... red, yellow, green, brown, orange...
Must-do drive!

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21 August 2014
Rated 5.0

We just drove this parkway in August 2014 for the first time. Just beautiful. Stopped at most of the overlooks because the views were stunning.
The gradual drive into Asheville NC was full of scenery and very calming

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Keegan Donegan

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28 March 2023
Rated 5.0

This is the most beautiful drive you’ll ever take. There’s so many great scenic overlooks, cool tunnels, and many things to do along the journey. I’ve traveled the whole thing once and have done many different segments at other times. There’s nothin more relaxing and soothing for the soul than beautiful mountain views. These pics are from my latest trip in April 2022. At that time of year it wasn’t crowded at all.

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Lesli Peterson

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26 August 2020

There is nothing like the Blue Ridge Parkway in the Fall. It's the best that the Southeast has to offer, especially in this region near Asheville. The hotels usually fill fast (by September) so we recommend a rental.

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Blue Ridge Parkway

195 Hemphill Knob Rd
North Carolina
28803 USA
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