10 great stops along the Blue Ridge Parkway

Picture the Blue Ridge Parkway as a crooked spine running through the Appalachian Mountains. Government stewardship of public lands is splashed across the map in confusing variety – a national park at either end, national forests, historic sites, monuments and state parks along its 469 miles.

The road snakes through some of the most glorious fall color in North America and wraps around some of the highest mountains east of the Mississippi River. All those curves and dips offer up opportunities aplenty for hiking, fishing, picnicking, camping and viewing waterfalls.

Though administered by the National Park Service, the parkway is not really a park. Many of its attractions are technically off the parkway in small communities within an easy drive. The attractions are diverse and many and range from mountaintops to museums, mills to mansions.

Here are recommendations for attractions to see on or near the BRP…


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