Blue Ridge Parkway

Blue Ridge Parkway

Blue Ridge blueberries…and other off-road parkway treasures

July 27, 2009, 7:33 am

With 469 miles of roadway in this national park site, every mile probably has special meaning for somebody who has passed leisurely along its twists and turns.

And that was the point when the Blue Ridge Parkway was constructed back in the 1930s: to create a scenic, slow-moving motor road through the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, from Shenandoah National Park in Virginia to Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Cherokee, arguably some of the prettiest mountains in the country.

But once you've been to the Pisgah Inn, Craggy Gardens, the Folk Art Center, the major overlooks and all the other most-often visited attractions near Asheville, how can you keep your parkway visits special?

One of the best ways to enjoy the parkway's hidden treasures is to get out of the car and start walking.