The Blue Ridge Parkway is a US national park that is the longest and narrowest in the world. It has no traffic lights and has a maximum speed limit of 45 miles per hour. It begins in Northern Virginia and ends in North Carolina near the Smoky Mountains.
Anyone who has traveled much has probably been on part or all of the Blue Ridge Parkway. The Parkway, part of the National Park Service, runs 469 miles over the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains. This national park is the longest and narrowest in the world with no traffic lights and a maximum speed limit of 45 miles per hour.
The two-lane paved road is well maintained. It also goes through some of the most beautiful scenery in the United States, and there is no fee to enter. The Parkway begins at the southern terminus of Shenandoah National Park’s Skyline Drive in Virginia and ends at U.S. 441 in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park near Cherokee, North Carolina. Since there are four lodges and six restaurants are scattered along the Parkway, your RV hire will be much more convenient.
There are nine campgrounds to serve the RVers from early May through the fall color season. There are plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy while on the Parkway. Bicycling, hiking, photography, and bird watching are favorite things to do. Hundreds of overlooks provide pullouts to enjoy the views across the mountains and valleys. Use the mileposts as guides and handy brochures to find attractions along the way.
There are too many notable attractions on the Parkway to mention each, but everyone has favorites. The Peaks of Otter, at mile marker 86, have been dominant features of the landscape in this part of Virginia for centuries.
Roanoke Mountain and the city of Roanoke are at milepost 120. Mabry Mill at milepost 176.1 is a restored gristmill and sawmill with a woodworking and blacksmith shop. Old-time skills like basket weaving, seat caning, spinning, and weaving are demonstrated. Crossing over into North Carolina between the 210 and 220 mileposts, the High Country of North Carolina lives up to its name. Towns like Boone and Blowing Rock have amenities worthy of a stopover. The Boone KOA is the highest east of the Mississippi. It has an altitude of 4000 feet.
One of the most popular attractions on the Parkway is the 5946-foot Grandfather Mountain. A nature museum, hiking trails, a restaurant, campground, and a mile-high swinging bridge top off the mountain’s features. Grandfather Mountain State Park initiated campsite fees and campsite reservation requirements for their campsites this year.
Perhaps the crowning point of the Parkway, the Linn Cove Viaduct, is an engineering marvel. At milepost 304.4, the 1243-foot-long bridge, finished in 1983, was needed because the traditional method of cutting a road would cause damage to the rocky, natural environment. Right after, take your RV to Linville Falls State Park (milepost 316.3), which is just off the Parkway and has a campground with full hookups.
Another state park along the Parkway is Mount Mitchell (mm 355.4). At 6684 feet, it is the highest peak east of the Rockies. Asheville, North Carolina, is accessible from the Parkway at mileposts 382 through 393.
The North Carolina section of the Parkway is much more mountainous than its Virginia counterpart, but both states have their special features and plenty of campgrounds.
With the help of your RV, explore around Looking Glass Rock, which offers both scenic mountainous landscapes and relaxing waterfall ambiance.
Continue your picturesque RV hire to Devils Courthouse Overlook. If you have extra time, you can take the mountain's short yet quite challenging trail.
There's nothing more beautiful than to end your panoramic adventure at the ever-charming Jackson County, North Carolina.