New home owners
and families searching for homes
or real estate
here in the Asheville NC
area will quickly discover the beauty of the Blue Ridge Parkway
that cuts directly through the Asheville area. The parkway is one of the most scenic roads in America and offers plenty of spots for picnics, photo opportunities, overlooks, vistas, hiking and a break from commercialized, business filled roadsides. The 469 mile stretch of pavement is part of U.S. National Park Service
and connects Shenandoah with the Great Smoky Mountains National Parks
. You will not find a more romantic drive in all of the United States than that of an afternoon tour up or down the Blue Ridge Parkway
, taking stops along the way to enjoy its beauty.
Here are some tips to enjoying the Blue Ridge Parkway
You should drive slow and enjoy the scenery while on the parkway. The speed limit is only 45 miles per hour and this is not a freeway so drive slow, stop frequently at the overlooks and vistas to enjoy your day. Take a blanket and prepare a picnic since you will find many green areas along the way perfect for this afternoon activity. Do not forget a jacket since temperatures can drop considerably at the higher elevations along the parkway. Take a camera and enjoy special photo moments with hikers, bicyclists and sometimes an occasion bear looking for a snack. Please gas up the car before entering the parkway as you will find few businesses, except for one or two restaurants along the long, winding roads of the Blue Ridge Parkway
The Blue Ridge Parkway In Asheville
How do you access the Blue Ridge Parkway from Asheville?
You can access the parkway at many locations in the Asheville area like exits on Hwy 25, Hendersonville Rd. toward South Asheville, U.S. 70 east of town or Highway 191, just off of Interstate I-26. You can travel North or South on the Blue Ridge Parkway
and quickly climb to elevations in excess of 5000 feet. There are actually a total of five (5) entrances to the parkway here in the Asheville area. Please note that the higher elevations of the parkway are closed during the winter months due to chances of ice and snow. There are hiking trails all along the parkway and are very accessible from road shoulders and public parking lots. Craggy Gardens
is a popular picnic spot just 24 miles up the parkway going north toward Mt. Mitchell
. Enjoy your exploring on the Blue Ridge Parkway while always obeying the rules of the National Park Service
as this is considered a federal installation.
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