America’s Scenic Highway
While the Blue Ridge Parkway meanders for 469 miles from the Shenandoah National Park in Virginia to the Great Smoky Mountains in North Carolina, more than a 100-mile stretch of America’s favorite drive is roughly less than an hour from downtown Boone, including the most iconic scene along the parkway – the curvaceous Linn Cove Viaduct. Whether you want to engage in outdoor sport such as climbing, hiking, fishing and camping or just want to cruise the parkway, stop by the overlooks and soak up the waterfalls and long-range mountain views, the Blue Ridge Parkway is a nature’s paradise.
The Parks: From Julian Price Memorial Park to the Moses H. Cone Memorial Park, the heart of the entire Blue Ridge Parkway is arguably in and around the Boone area, offering a wide range of activities for visitors.
Outdoor Fun: It’s not an understatement to say that the Blue Ridge Parkway nearly has it all for the outdoor enthusiast. Take a hike to see waterfalls, wildflowers and scenic views or go climbing, hiking, fishing, camping, horseback riding and much more.
Things To See: Within a 10-mile stretch along the Blue Ridge Parkway are Linville Falls and the Linn Cove Viaduct. Both are riveting and both are just a short drive from Boone and Blowing Rock. But that is just a small sample of the natural attractions.
Mileposts: All of the parks, overlooks, historic sites and visitor centers are marked by mileposts. That 100-mile stretch of the Blue Ridge Parkway that is an hour or less within reach of the downtown Boone is from Milepost 238.5 at Doughton Park to Milepost 339.5 Crabtree Falls. Grab a map, and enjoy the ride.