Our hotel resides at one end of the Blue Ridge Parkway, setting your country drive up for success. The Parkway is an All-American Road with features that don’t exist anywhere else in the United States and is a tourist destination in its own right. Enjoy a beautiful afternoon drive with lots of mile markers to stop and enjoy the scenery on foot. The Blue Ridge Parkway hikes are along the spine of Blue Ridge, part of the Appalachian Mountains.
The Parkway is the longest linear park in America, linking Shenandoah National Park to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. At 469 miles long, you can travel through 29 North Carolina and Virginia counties without stopping for cross-traffic. Cruise through uninterrupted wildlife and scenery, over streams and railway ravines.
Blue Ridge Parkway is a National Scenic Byway, meaning it must have at least one of six intrinsic qualities: archeological, cultural, historic, natural, recreational, and scenic. With hundreds of miles of natural and beautiful scenery, the parkway certainly fulfills the requirements. Dogwoods and rhododendrons dominate the foliage with autumn colors taking over during September and October. In the early spring and late fall, you can look down the parkway to see cold winds higher up and warm greenery lower down.
Enjoy a variety of trees, all dependent on the elevation of the Parkway. Oak, hickory, and tulip trees enjoy the lower regions of the park, while buckeye and ash reside in the middle elevation. Only fir and spruce tolerate the harsh conditions at the highest elevation of the mountains. Trees near ridges and peaks are often contorted by the wind
When traveling southbound, the Blue Ridge Parkway has mileposts on the right-hand side road. Stop to take in the scenery on foot at these stops!
For further mile markers, see Blue Ridge Parkway website.