Around every curve of the Blue Ridge Parkway is something new to experience. And there are a lot of curves! With so much to see and do, it would be futile to attempt to illustrate the full drive in the few words allotted to this book. Blue Ridge Parkway literature abounds and an Internet search brings up thousands of interesting sites. Arm yourself with some background information before you head out so you won’t miss anything.
The best advice is to not cram too much into a single parkway outing. Pick one or two spots and explore them fully. Doughton Park, E. B. Jeffress Park, Moses Cone and Julian Price memorial parks, Linville Falls, Mount Mitchell, and Craggy Gardens all offer spectacular scenery, hiking trails of all difficulty levels, and opportunities to immerse yourself in the cultural and natural history of the Appalachians. You just have to get out of your car to take advantage of all the opportunities.
In May, the unfurling foliage of false hellebore adds a vivid green hue to the still-wintry landscapes of the higher elevations along the Blue Ridge Parkway.
The front porch of Cone Manor House at the Blue Ridge Parkway’s Moses Cone Memorial
Park provides a good platform for watching the sunrise.
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