"Blue Ridge Parkway" Asheville Things to Do Tip by goingsolo

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  Blue Ridge Parkway
by goingsolo

The Blue Ridge Parkway is so popular and contains so many interesting points along its route that it is an attraction in itself and not just a means of transportation. The parkway runs from Shenandoah National Park in Virginia to the Great Smoky Mountains in North Carolina, some 360 miles away. A portion of the parkway lies just outside of Asheville and contains some pretty sights and interesting points of interest. Just north of Asheville, you'll find Mount Mitchell- North Carolina's highest peak- just off the parkway. Since its a 2 lane road and the speed limit is 35 mph and even less at many steep and winding intervals, its slow going on this route. But the road itself is the destination so, if time permits, be sure to take a drive along the parkway and take enough time to enjoy the sights along the way.

The North Carolina section of the Blue Ridge Parkway has some dramatic changes in scenery as the road climbs to an elevation over over 6,000 feet. You'll also find some cooler temperatures as you continue driving. The parkway is most popular in the spring and fall, but you'll find a fair number of cars here on any given weekend.

Directions: The parkway is located just south of I-40 at Hendersonville Road. You'll find other turn offs for the parkway at various other locations.

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  • Updated Aug 6, 2005
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