Visited by millions of people each year, the Blue Ridge Parkway is one of the most traveled scenic roads in the country. There are many different sights to see along the way and things to do in the area. When you stay at one of our rentals, you are within a short driving distance to one of the most famous southern landmarks. Before you make the trip, here are 4 fun facts to know about the Blue Ridge Parkway:
1. The Highest Mountain Peak in the Eastern United States
As you drive along the parkway, you will come across Mt. Mitchell State Park. Inside the park, there are many different things to see and do such as hiking trails, picnic areas, and an observation tower. The best thing about the state park is that it is home to the highest mountain peak in the Eastern United States. Mount Mitchell sits at an elevation of 6,684 feet and can only be accessed by using the Blueridge Parkway!
2. The Parkway is America’s Longest Linear Park
One of the biggest draws to the parkway, other than the fact you can take in amazing views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, is the length you can travel. The road extends 469 miles, which covers 29 counties and connects the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to the Shenandoah National Park. The most amazing thing is you can travel the whole way through two different states without ever being stopped by a red light or stop sign! This makes it one of the most efficient ways to travel through the area while also having the option to stop and take in some amazing sights.
3. Home to the Highest Peak of the Blue Ridge Mountains
Grandfather Mountain is the highest peak on the eastern part of the Blue Ridge Mountains. When you are traveling on the Blue Ridge Parkway, you will pass by the southern part of the mountain. One of the most interesting things about the mountain is that it is known for extraordinarily high wind speeds. Because it sits nearly 6,000 feet above sea level, the wind can pick up to speeds well over 100 miles per hour. Also, due to the high elevation, there are many hidden caves and caverns all throughout the park. As you are traveling along the parkway, be sure to take time to pull aside and see the magnificent view of Grandfather Mountain!
4. The Parkway is Divided in Four Regions
As people are traveling along the parkway, they normally think of it as one long road. However, because it is divided into two different states, it is split into regions so it is easier to distinguish what part of the road you are traveling. When you stay at one of our cabins, you will be closest to the Highlands and Pisgah regions, which are both located on the North Carolina side of the parkway.
When you stay at one of our cabin rentals, you will be in a great location to access all the amazing sights to see along the Blue Ridge Parkway! Be sure to check out all the other area attractions to experience when you visit!