BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY
The Blue Ridge Parkway is a National Parkway that runs 469 miles from Shenandoah National Park in Virginia south to the Great Smokey Mountain National Park in Tennessee. It was the most visited National Park in the Country in 2017 with 16 million visitors. Explore the many hiking trails and waterfalls that are near Asheville NC. The hiking trails vary in levels of difficulty from easy to strenuous. There’s something for everyone. We’ve put together a list of our Favorite Hikes, Waterfalls and Scenic Drives near Asheville and the Asheville Mountain House. The Parkway is a photographers heaven. There are many scenic turnouts and picnic areas to stop and smell the fresh air and take in the scenery. During the winter months, sections of the Parkway will close due to snow, wind and dangerous driving conditions. Click here to see current BRP closures. The entrance to the Parkway is 3 miles from the Asheville Mountain House.
Hiking & Waterfalls
There are a number of waterfalls and hiking trails located along the Parkway. Hiking is normally required to get to these waterfalls and the trails vary in level of difficulty. We’ve put together a list of some of our favorite hiking trails and waterfalls located in relative close proximity to the Asheville Mountain House. Click here to see our list.
The entire Parkway is a scenic drive but we like don’t like to backtrack and take the same road twice so we’ve put together a list of scenic drives that incorporate parts of the Blue Ridge Parkway plus other scenic stretches. These drives vary in length and all start from the Asheville Mountain House. Click here to see our list.