Drive the Blue Ridge Parkway

The Blue Ridge Parkway is one of the most relaxing and breathtaking roadways in the world. This 469 mile stretch of 2 lane highway running from the southern end of the Skyline Drive to the Great Smokey Mountains of North Carolina is said to be the most popular roadway in the US National Park System.

One of the best times to enjoy the parkway is in spring when its numerous specimens of trees and wildflowers are in bloom. The area is home to more species of mammals and birds than anywhere on the entire continent of Europe. At Grandfather Mountain, visitors have a chance to see bears, deer, cougars and America’s national bird, the bald eagle.

At the northern end of the parkway is Humpback Rock featuring a pioneer farm where visitors get a feel for 19th century farm life by walking into a furnished log cabin style farmhouse. Many demonstrations are performed by authentically dressed greeters.

In 2010, visitors have the opportunity to transverse through a 3 mile corn maze with clues provided along the way. This particular maze was especially created in celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Blue Ridge Parkway’s commission by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

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