Blue Ridge Parkway

Stunning Parkway Views around Boone

The Blue Ridge Parkway is the second most visited unit of the National Park Services and welcomes millions of visitors annually. The Parkway was "born" in the NC High Country at Cumberland Knob in 1935 and it was completed here at Grandfather Mountain in 1987 with the opening of the iconic Linn Cove Viaduct.

The Parkway is a relaxing 35 to 45-mph route providing visitors the opportunity to explore the Boone Area in many different ways. Boone Area hallmarks of the Blue Ridge Parkway experience include over 50 hiking trails, more than 20 overlooks, electric autumn color, and explosive spring blooms, making the Parkway a "must-see" on the itinerary.

Ways of exploring the Parkway are as endless as they are vast. It is impossible to take a bad photograph of "America's favorite drive" as it is beautiful any time of year, with fall being its most coveted season. So, make sure to bring a camera while traveling along this famous leisure road! Getting a shot of the iconic Linn Cove Viaduct is essential, as it's one of the most photographed spots on the Parkway.  

Parkway landmarks in the area range from easy trails to experience nature, dozens of spectacular waterfalls such as Linville Falls, and Cascade Falls, to Mount Mitchell, the highest peak in the East and only a short drive away from the Boone Area. 

Explore the Blue Ridge Area of the Parkway


Link to the National Park Service website for an up-to-date map of the Blue... More

In the Boone Area, the Parkway is one of the best routes to work for many locals... More

Along the Blue Ridge Parkway, camping is permitted only in formal sites at... More

A different way to summit the Southeast's highest peaks. Two great... More

Find great fly fishing and angling on lakes and streams of the Blue Ridge... More

Boone area trails on and off the Parkway are specifically designed to entice... More

In the Boone area, Junior Parkway Ranger Programs are offered at Moses H. Cone... More

The 1987 dedication of the "Missing Link" in "America's Most... More

Large tracts of national forest and animals are frequently sighted, at times... More

The classic Blue Ridge Parkway day trip always includes a roadside picnic. Major... More

Enjoy beautiful vistas at the overlooks along the Blue Ridge Parkway and other... More

Until the Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center opened near Asheville (Milepost 384)... More


Use the interactive map below to find the access points for the Blue Ridge Parkway in the Boone area. 

Take the map wherever you go when you download the Wander app!


Parkway Maintenance in 2024

Road maintenance is planned for several sections of the roadway near Boone. There will be full closures just North of Boone in Deep Gap, from milepost 276.5 to 261 and beyond that, in Doughton Park. Stay up to date on the NPS Road Closures Page