How about a 460 mile road trip through the Blue Ridge Mountains?  The Blue Ridge Parkway is one of the best road trips I can imagine.  No stoplights  and no commercial traffic.  No trucks or buses – yeah!  The maximum speed limit is 45 miles per hour, so this is a nice leisurely drive.

The Blue Ridge Parkway stretches Waynesboro, Virginia in the north, to Cherokee, North Carolina in the south.  It includes many opportunities to hike in the woods and gaze over the mountains and valleys.

Looking Glass Rock in the Blue Ridge Mountains

When you arrive in the Blue Ridge Mountains, don’t be expecting the granite outcroppings and peaks like you’d experience in the Rockies.  These mountains are more like rolling hills of green.  They are alive with dense vegetation.  I know, I know, they’re supposed to be blue, right?  Actually, there is a blue haze that seems to be present at all times, so it’s really the air that is blue, not the mountains.

If you can muster the energy, it is worth it to get up early and be on the parkway in the morning to watch the fog rise out of the valleys.

Watch the fog lift out of the valleys

Fog travels through the valleys

While hiking in the woods, be on the lookout for wildflowers.

Watch for wildflowers on the trail

More wildflowers on the Mount Pisgah trail

In addition to the wildflowers, there are also lots of rhododendrons in these mountains.  They are everywhere!  Rhody blooming season in June and July must be quite spectacular.

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9 Comments on Blue Ridge Parkway

  1. roclafamilia says:

    Helpful blog, bookmarked the website with hopes to read more!

  2. zerodtkjoe says:

    Thanks for the info

  3. eastlandgrl says:

    interesting, thanks

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