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In North Carolina, the Parkway is overall higher in elevation and more spectacular in the natural history that is preserved along the way. The Grandfather Mountain corridor serves as a refuge for relic populations of plants. Remote natural areas and dramatic views less affected by human presence dominate the visitors' experience south of Asheville. Biological diversity is best understood here as a product of varied geology and topography. Cultural history stories also come into play with isolated cabins and magnificent country estates in close proximity.
Look below for milepost by milepost highlights along the Parkway in North Carolina with links so you can explore even further. By clicking on the thumbnail pictures, you'll get a larger picture.
Highlights along Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina (north to south)
217.3 n/a NC 18 JCT. Sparta, NC is 15 miles northwest. 217.5 2740 ft Cumberland Knob. Visitor Center, Gift Shop, Restrooms, picnic area , hiking. Cumberland Knob Trails. 218.6 2805 ft Fox Hunters Paradise Overlook. Short 0.2 mile Fox Hunters Trail trail leads to an outstanding view. 225.3 2590 ft Hare Mill Pond 229.7 2700 ft US 21 JCT. Sparta, NC is 7 miles west. 230.1 2709 ft Little Glade Mill Pond Overlook 5 picnic tables 232.5 3115 ft Stone Mountain Overlook picnic table 233.7 3200 ft Bull Head Mountain Overlook 235.0 3420 ft Mahogany Rock Overlook picnic table 235.7 3428 ft Devil's Garden Overlook 236.9 3744 ft Air Bellows Overlook 238.5 3508 ft Brinegar Cabin Overlook. Entering Doughton Park. 239.2 n/a Doughton Park Campground. Bluff Mountain Trail access. 240.1 3482 ft Low Notch 240.7 n/a Low Notch Overlook. Bluff Mountain Trail access. 241.1 n/a Doughton Park. Restaurant, Bluffs Lodge, Picnic Area , Gift Shop, Restrooms, hiking. Fodder Stack Trail, Bluff Ridge Trail, Bluff Mountain Trail, Wildcat Rocks Trail. Awesome Views. 242.0 n/a Ice Rock 242.4 3388 ft Alligator Back Overlook. Bluff Mountain Trail access. 243.4 3334 ft View Bluff Mountain. Bluff Mountain Trail access. 243.7 3218 ft Grassy Gap. Grassy Gap Fire Road and Bluff Mountain Trail access. 244.7 3312 ft Basin Cove Overlook. Flat Rock Ridge Trail and Bluff Mountain Trail access. 248.1 n/a NC 18 JCT. West 2 miles to Laurel Springs, NC. East 24 miles to North Wilkesboro, NC. 251.5 3047 ft Alder Gap 252.3 3342 ft Sheets Gap Overlook and Sheets Cabin 258.7 n/a Northwest Trading Post - picnic table, Gift Shop, Restrooms. 260.3 3165 ft Jumpinoff Rocks Parking Area 2 picnic tables - Jumpinoff Rocks Trail leads to an overlook with awesome views. 261.2 3108 ft Horse Gap. NC 16 JCT. West 12 miles to Jefferson, NC. East 22 miles to North Wilkesboro, NC. 262.2 3167 ft Daniel Gap 263.7 3238 ft Gilliam Gap 264.4 3465 ft The Lump Overlook picnic table - The Lump Trail (0.3 mile) to views. 265.1 3439 ft Calloway Gap 266.8 3699 ft Mount Jefferson Overlook 267.8 3400 ft Betsey's Rock Falls Overlook picnic table 268.0 3296 ft Benge Gap 269.8 3221 ft Phillips Gap 270.2 3290 ft Lewis Fork Overlook 271.9 3570 ft Cascades Parking Area 30 picnic tables, restrooms and water fountain. The Cascades Trail. Jeffress Park 272.5 3914 ft Tomkins Knob Overlook. Tompkins Knob Trail (0.6 mile) leads to Thompkins Knob and Jesse Browns cabin. 274.3 3795 ft Elk Mountain Overlook 276.4 3142 ft Deep Gap. US 421 JCT. West 12 miles to Boone, NC. East 26 miles to North Wilkesboro, NC. 277.3 3405 ft Stoney Fork Valley Overlook 277.7 3500 ft Osborne Mountain View Overlook 278.1 3430 ft Carroll Gap Overlook 280.9 n/a Access to US 221 & US 421. South 7 miles to Boone, NC. North 4 miles to Deep Gap, NC. 281.4 3240 ft Grandview Overlook 285.1 n/a Boone's Trace Overlook picnic table 285.5 3262 ft Bamboo Gap 288.0 n/a Aho Gap - Access to US 321. 289.5 3810 ft Raven Rock Overlook - Great place to watch the sunset 289.8 3830 ft Yadkin Valley Overlook 290.4 3795 ft Thunder Hill Overlook 291.8 n/a US 221 & US 321 JCT. North 8 miles to Boone, NC. South 2 miles to Blowing Rock, NC. 293.5 3865 ft Moses Cone Overlook - Entering Moses Cone Park 294.0 n/a Cone Manor House & Craft Center. Craft Shop, Gift Shop, Visitor Center & restrooms. Hiking Trails. 294.6 n/a Sandy Flat Gap. US 221 JCT. Access to Hiking Trails. South 2 miles to Blowing Rock, NC. 295.2 3608 ft Sim's Creek Overlook - Green Knob Trail --> A pleasant loop hike with surprising views. 295.8 n/a Leaving Moses Cone Park, entering Julian Price Memorial Park. 295.9 3447 ft Sim's Pond Overlook Green Knob Trail --> A pleasant loop hike with surprising views. 291.1 n/a Gated Old Johns River Road. A nice walk along a gated gravel road. 296.4 n/a Price Park Picnic Area 100 Picnic Tables, restrooms. Hiking - Boone Fork Trail (5 mile loop hike with waterfalls). 296.7 3393 ft Price Lake Overlook Parking Area. Price Lake Trail (2.5 mile easy loop hike around a scenic lake). 296.9 n/a Price Campground. Camping. Largest on Blue Ridge Parkway with 129 tent sites & 68 RV sites. Hiking Access. 297.2 3410 ft Boone Fork Overlook. Price Lake Trail access. Northern trailhead for the Tanawha Trail. 298.6 n/a Holloway Mountain Rd - US 221 access. Gwyn Memorial Trail (0.1 mile loop). Access to the Tanawha Trail. 299.0 3580 ft Cold Prong Pond Overlook - Cold Prong Loop Trail (0.3 mile easy) & access to the Tanawha Trail. 299.7 3798 ft View Calloway Peak - view of highest point on Grandfather Mountain at 5964 feet. Access to the Tanawha Trail. 299.9 3905 ft Boone Fork Parking Area. Cross bridge over Boone Fork, just south of overlook. Access to the Tanawha Trail. 300.6 4134 ft Green Mountain Overlook 301.8 4400 ft Pilot Ridge Overlook 302.1 4356 ft View Wilson Creek Valley Overlook 302.4 4400 ft Raven Rocks Overlook - Access to the Tanawha Trail. 302.8 4293 ft Rough Ridge Parking Area. Access to a spectacular section of the Tanawha Trail. Views of Linn Cove Viaduct. 303.6 4357 ft Wilson Creek Overlook. Access to the Tanawha Trail. Section includes a beautiful wooden arch footbridge. 303.9 4412 ft Yonahlossee Overlook 304.0 4403 ft Linn Cove Viaduct 304.4 4315 ft Linn Cove Viaduct Visitor Center. Gift Shop, restrooms. Access to the Tanawha Trail. Access to Mountains to Sea Trail. 304.8 4286 ft Stack Rock Parking Area. Access to the Tanawha Trail. 305.1 n/a US 221 JCT. Grandfather Mountain Nature Preserve & Hiking Trails --> Mile High Swinging Bridge 305.2 4212 ft Beacon Heights Parking Area. Southern Trailhead for the Tanawha Trail. Beacon Heights Trail (0.2 mile, moderate) for great views. Access to Mountains to Sea Trail. 306.2 4051 ft Grandmother Mountain Gap 306.6 4154 ft Grandfather Mountain Overlook 307.4 4060 ft Grandmother Mountain Parking Area 307.6 4015 ft Unnamed Parking Area 307.9 n/a NC SR 1511. North to Linville, NC. South to the Wilson Creek USFS Recreational Area 308.3 3987 ft Flat Rock Parking Area. Hiking - Flat Rock Trail (0.6 mile loop, moderate). 310.0 3812 ft Lost Cove Overlook. The mysterious Brown Mountain lights. 312.2 n/a NC 181 JCT. Access to Linville Gorge Wilderness Area. 315.6 3442 ft Camp Creek Overlook. Camp Creek Trail (0.1 mile) leads to the creek. 316.4 n/a Linville Falls Spur Road. Linville Falls Recreation Area - Campground, Visitor Center, Restrooms, access to hiking trails. 316.5 3250 ft Linville River Picnic Area 100 Picnic Tables, restrooms. Linville River Bridge Trail (0.1 mile, easy). 316.6 3257 ft Linville River Bridge 317.5 n/a US 221 JCT. South to Linville Falls, NC and access to Linville Gorge Wilderness Area. 318.4 3540 ft North Toe River Valley Overlook 320.8 4090 ft Chestoa View Parking Area 3 Picnic Tables - The 0.1 mile Chestoa View Trail leads to impressive views at a stone platform overlook. 323.0 3359 ft Bear Den Overlook 325.9 3067 ft Heffner Gap Overlook 327.3 2815 ft North Cove Valley Overlook 327.5 2790 ft McKinney Gap. Access to US 221 328.6 2980 ft The Loops Overlook - "The Loops" 329.4 2852 ft Swafford Gap 329.8 2870 ft Table Rock Overlook 330.9 2819 ft Gillepsie Gap. NC 226 JCT. Museum of N.C. Minerals 332.6 3109 ft Lynn Gap 333.4 n/a Little Switzerland Tunnel 333.9 3490 ft McCall Gap. NC 226A JCT. Little Switzerland, NC 335.4 3490 ft Bearwallow Gap 336.3 3360 ft Gooch Gap 336.8 n/a Wildacres Tunnel 337.2 3452 ft Deer Lick Gap Overlook 2 Picnic Tables 338.8 3875 ft Three Knob Overlook 339.5 n/a Crabtree Meadows. Campground, restaurant, Gift Shop, restrooms. Hiking - Crabtree Falls Trail (2.5 mile loop). 340.2 n/a Crabtree Meadows Picnic Area 82 Picnic Tables and a restroom. 342.2 3892 ft Black Mountains Overlook The majestic Black Mountains tower above you at this overlook. 344.1 3373 ft Buck Creek Gap Overlook - NC 80 JCT. North 5 miles to Carolina Hemlocks Campground and 16 miles to Marion, NC. South 17 miles to Burnsville, NC. 344.6 n/a Twin Tunnel #1 344.7 n/a Twin Tunnel #2 345.3 3406 ft Singecat Ridge Overlook - Access to Mountains to Sea Trail (MST). 347.6 4048 ft Big Laurel Gap. USFS 482 Road Crossing. East leads to Black Mountain Campground. 348.8 4460 ft Curtis Valley Overlook 349.0 n/a Rough Ridge Tunnel 349.2 4602 ft Licklog Ridge Overlook 349.9 4825 ft View Mount Mitchell Overlook Mt. Mitchell rises above the overlook and is the highest peak in the Eastern US. 350.4 4760 ft Green Knob Overlook - Lost Cove Ridge Trail (3.1 miles one way), but only 0.5 mile to Green Knob and a lookout tower. The Snooks Nose Trail (3.8 miles one way to Curtis Creek Campground). 351.9 4284 ft Deep Gap Overlook. USFS Road crossing. Deep Gap Trail (0.2 mile). North leads to Black Mountain Campground. 354.8 5158 ft Toe River Gap 355.0 n/a Bald Knob Ridge Trail 355.3 5160 ft Ridge Junction Overlook 355.3 5160 ft Black Mountain Gap. NC 128 JCT. Mount Mitchell State Park. Camping, picnic area, restaurant, rest rooms, gift shop, Hiking, HIGHEST POINT east of the Mississippi River. Black Mountain Crest Trail. 355.4 n/a Entering Asheville watershed. NO PARKING on side of road in watershed (up to MP 370.3). 358.5 5676 ft Highest point along Blue Ridge Parkway north of Asheville, NC. 359.8 5320 ft Balsam Gap Overlook - Big Butt Trail (5.8 miles, strenuous). Access to Mountains to Sea Trail (MST). Another nice hike is 1.7 miles to the 6320 foot summit of Blackstock Knob via Mountains To Sea Trail. 361.1 5141 ft Cotton Tree Gap 361.2 5197 ft Glassmine Falls Overlook - A short 0.1 mile paved path leads to an overlook with tremendous views, including views of the 800 foot Glassmine Falls. Access to Mountains to Sea Trail (MST). 363.4 5592 ft Bullhead Gap - View Graybeard Mountain. Access to Mountains to Sea Trail and Douglass Falls Trail. 364.1 5640 ft View Craggy Dome. Hiking - Craggy Pinnacle Trail (1.4 miles) RECOMMENDED!! 364.4 n/a Craggy Pinnacle Tunnel 364.5 5497 ft Craggy Gardens Visitor Center - Gift Shop, restrooms and hiking. Self Guiding Craggy Gardens Trail. Access to Mountains to Sea Trail (MST). 365.5 n/a Craggy Flats Tunnel 367.6 4900 ft Bee Tree Gap - Craggy Gardens Picnic Area 86 Picnic Tables, restrooms & hiking. Craggy Gardens Trail. Access to Mountains to Sea Trail (MST). 368.2 4600 ft Potato Field Gap 370.3 n/a Leave Asheville Watershed. 372.1 3890 ft View Lane Pinnacle 373.8 3483 ft Bull Creek Valley Overlook 374.4 n/a Tanbark Ridge Tunnel 375.4 3107 ft Bull Gap 375.7 n/a NC 694 JCT 376.7 3175 ft Tanbark Ridge Overlook 377.7 3132 ft Craven Gap - NC 694 JCT. West 7 miles to Asheville, NC. 380.0 2720 ft Hawk Creek Valley Overlook 382.0 n/a Folk Art Center. Gift Shop, Craft Shop, restrooms. Access to Mountains to Sea Trail (MST) and Shut-In Trail. 382.5 n/a US 70 JCT - Asheville 383.6 2040 ft Swannanoa River 384.7 n/a US 74 JCT. Asheville. Access to Mountains to Sea Trail (MST) 388.8 n/a US 25 JCT - Asheville 393.5 2000 ft French Broad River. Access to Mountains to Sea Trail (MST) 393.6 2000 ft NC 191 JCT. North Carolina Arboretum. Access to Shut-In Trail and Mountains to Sea Trail. 393.8 2100 ft French Broad Overlook 395.1 2495 ft Glenn Gap 396.4 2915 ft Walnut Cove Overlook Access to Shut-In Trail and Mountains to Sea Trail. 396.8 2865 ft Reynolds Gap 397.1 n/a Grassy Knob Tunnel 397.3 2930 ft Sleepy Gap Parking Area 2 Picnic Tables Grassy Knob Trail. Access to Shut-In Trail and Mountains to Sea Trail. 398.3 3035 ft Chestnut Cove Overlook Access to Shut-In Trail and Mountains to Sea Trail. 399.1 n/a Pine Mountain Tunnel 399.7 3350 ft Bad Fork Valley Overlook 400.3 3270 ft Bent Creek Gap. Access to Shut-In Trail and Mountains to Sea Trail. 400.9 n/a Ferrin Knob Tunnel Number 1 401.1 3435 ft Wash Creek Valley Overlook 401.3 n/a Ferrin Knob Tunnel Number 2 401.5 n/a Ferrin Knob Tunnel Number 3 401.7 3570 ft Beaver Dam Gap Overlook Access to Shut-In Trail and Mountains to Sea Trail. 402.6 3750 ft Stoney Bald Overlook. Access to Shut-In Trail and Mountains to Sea Trail. 403.0 n/a Young Pisgah Ridge Tunnel 403.6 3815 ft Big Ridge Overlook Access to Shut-In Trail and Mountains to Sea Trail. 403.9 n/a Fort Mountain Tunnel 404.2 3980 ft View Hominy Valley Overlook 404.5 4085 ft Mills River Valley Overlook Access to Shut-In Trail and Mountains to Sea Trail. 405.5 4235 ft Elk Pasture Gap - NC 151 JCT - Access to Shut-In Trail and Mountains to Sea Trail. 406.9 n/a Little Pisgah Ridge Tunnel 407.4 n/a Buck Springs Tunnel 407.6 n/a Mount Pisgah Parking Area - HIKING - Mount Pisgah Trail (1.5 miles, strenuous) Shut-In Trail 407.7 4980 ft Buck Springs Gap Overlook - HIKING - Buck Spring Trail (0.1 miles easy to pedestrian overlook). 407.8 n/a Mount Pisgah Picnic Area - Picnic Tables, restroom, HIKING - Mount Pisgah Picnic Area Trail (0.3 miles, easy). 408.6 n/a Mount Pisgah Inn - lodging & restaurant. View from inside lodge room - HIKING - Buck Spring Trail (1.1 miles) 408.8 n/a Mount Pisgah Campground - Camping. HIKING - Frying Pan Mountain Trail (1.1 miles, strenuous). 409.3 4925 ft View Funnel Top 409.6 4931 ft Frying Pan Gap. Access to Frying Pan Mountain Trail (USFS road leads to fire tower). 410.1 n/a Frying Pan Tunnel 410.3 4825 ft The Pink Beds Overlook 411.0 4710 ft Cradle of Forestry Overlook 411.8 n/a Wagon Road Gap - US 276 JCT - East is Craddle of Forestry and Looking Glass Falls. West is Big East Fork. 411.9 4542 ft View Cold Mountain 412.2 4550 ft Wagon Road Gap Parking Area Picnic Table 412.5 4520 ft Pigeon Gap 413.2 4700 ft Pounding Mill Overlook 414.5 4404 ft Bennett Gap 414.9 4525 ft Bennett Cove 415.6 4325 ft Tunnel Gap 415.7 4330 ft View Cherry Cove 416.1 4445 ft Log Hollow Overlook Picnic Table 416.6 4488 ft Log Hollow Gap 416.8 4450 ft Bridges Camp Gap - HIKING - East Fork Trail. A hard to find connector trail leads 0.2 miles to the East Fork Trail. 417.0 4493 ft Looking Glass Rock Overlook 417.8 4775 ft Seniard Gap 418.3 4995 ft East Fork Overlook 418.8 5115 ft Graveyard Fields Overlook - HIKING - Graveyard Fields Loop Trail (2.3 mile loop, moderate). 419.4 5330 ft View John Rock - HIKING - John Rock Trail (0.1 mile, easy) leads to views of Davidson River Valley. 420.2 5550 ft Balsam Spring Gap - Black Balsam Rd JCT - HIKING - Art Loeb Trail (0.8 mile, moderate) to Black Balsam Knob el 6214 ft. RECOMMENDED HIKE to some of the best views on the Parkway! 421.2 n/a Art Loeb Trail Crossing. It's a short, steep hike to the 5978 foot summit of Silvermine Bald. 421.7 5494 ft Fetterbush Overlook - Art Loeb Trail access. 422.1 n/a Devil's Courthouse Tunnel 422.4 5462 ft View of Devil's Courthouse Overlook Picnic Table - Devil's Courthouse Trail (0.5 mile) 422.8 5415 ft View Mt. Hardy Overlook 423.2 5340 ft Beech Gap - NC 215 JCT. USFS Forest Heritage Scenic Byway. 423.5 5365 ft Courthouse Valley Overlook 2 Picnic Tables 424.2 5490 ft Mount Hardy Gap 424.4 5510 ft View Herrin Knob Overlook 424.8 5500 ft Wolf Mountain Overlook 425.4 5300 ft Rough Butt Bald Overlook 425.5 5377 ft Buckeye Gap 426.5 5225 ft Haywood Gap - Mountains to Sea Trail crossing. 427.6 5560 ft Bear Pen Gap Parking Area - Access to Mountains to Sea Trail (MST) 427.8 5652 ft Spot Knob Overlook 428.0 5650 ft Caney Fork Overlook 428.3 5600 ft Little Bear Pen Gap 428.5 5580 ft Beartrap Gap Overlook Picnic Table 430.4 5865 ft Beartrail Ridge Overlook Picnic Table 430.7 5950 ft Cowee Mountains Overlook Spectacular views from this overlook. 431.0 6020 ft Haywood-Jackson Overlook Picnic Table Richland Balsam Self-Guiding Trail (1.5 mile loop) 431.4 6053 ft Richland Balsam Overlook - Highest point along Blue Ridge Parkway at 6053 feet. 432.7 5635 ft Lone Bald Overlook 433.3 5580 ft Roy Taylor Forest Overlook - a short 100 foot walk leads to a pedestrian overlook & great views. 433.4 5575 ft Locust Gap 434.8 5400 ft Racking Horse Gap 435.3 5365 ft View Doubletop Mountain Picnic Table - Access to Mountains to Sea Trail (MST) 435.5 5135 ft Licklog Gap 435.7 5135 ft Licklog Gap Overlook Picnic Table 436.8 5250 ft Grassy Ridge Mine Overlook Picnic Table - Access to Mountains to Sea Trail (MST) 437.0 5260 ft Deep Gap 438.9 4780 ft View Steestachee Bald 439.4 4620 ft Cove Field Ridge Overlook 439.7 n/a Pinnacle Ridge Tunnel 440.0 4375 ft View Village of Saunook 440.9 4110 ft View Waynesville 441.4 3915 ft Standing Rock Overlook Picnic Table 441.9 3725 ft Rabb Knob Overlook Picnic Table 442.2 3630 ft Balsam Gap Overlook 443.1 3370 ft Balsam Gap - US 74 & US 23 JCT. North 8 miles to Waynesville, NC. South 12 miles to Sylva, NC. 444.6 3810 ft The Orchards Overlook 2 Picnic Tables 445.2 4000 ft Mount Lynn Lowry Overlook Picnic Table 446.0 4325 ft Woodfin Valley Overlook 446.7 4535 ft Woodfin Cascades Overlook 448.1 4914 ft Wesner Bald Overlook 448.5 5050 ft Scott Creek Overlook 449.0 5280 ft Fork Ridge Overlook 450.0 5588 ft View Yellow Face 451.2 5820 ft Waterrock Knob Overlook - Visitor Center, Gift Shop, Restrooms, HIKING - Waterrock Knob Trail (1.0 mile, moderate) to great views. RECOMMENDED. 452.1 5475 ft View Cranberry Ridge 452.3 5420 ft Woolyback Overlook 453.4 5105 ft View Hornbuckle Valley 454.4 4780 ft Thunder Struck Ridge Overlook 455.1 4550 ft Fed Cove Overlook 455.5 4570 ft Soco Gap Overlook 455.7 4340 ft Soco Gap - US 19 - The 50 foot Soco Falls are 1.5 miles south on US 19. North 4 miles to Maggie Valley, NC. 456.2 4460 ft Jonathan Creek Overlook 2 Picnic Tables 457.9 5020 ft Plott Balsam Overlook 458.2 5100 ft Wolf Laurel Gap - Heintooga Spur Road 458.8 n/a Lickstone Ridge Tunnel 458.9 5150 ft Lickstone Ridge Overlook 459.3 n/a Bunches Bald Tunnel 459.5 4925 ft Bunches Bald Overlook 460.8 4445 ft Jenkins Ridge Overlook 461.2 n/a Big Witch Tunnel 461.6 4160 ft Big Witch Gap - Bunches Creek Road to right & Cherokee Road left. 461.9 4150 ft Big Witch Overlook 2 Picnic Tables 463.9 3735 ft Thomas Divide Overlook Picnic Table 465.6 n/a Rattlesnake Mountain Tunnel 466.3 n/a Sherill Cove Tunnel 466.7 2970 ft Sherill Cove Overlook 467.4 2550 ft View Ballhoot Scar Overlook 467.9 2400 ft Raven Fork Overlook 468.4 2200 ft Oconaluftee River Overlook 469.0 n/a Oconaluftee River Bridge 469.1 n/a End Blue Ridge Parkway. US 441 JCT - Right into Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg (TN) 29 miles.
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