One of our favorite places in this area is the Blue Ridge Parkway. We like to explore from Boone, NC south to Waynesville, NC.
Maps & sights to see on the Parkway:
Many of the most interesting places to stop at are in this half of the parkway.
Mile markers shown in black numbers on the maps. The VA/NC state line is at 219. Blowing Rock is near mile 290. Asheville is near miles 380 to 390,
Speed limit 45 MPH.
Parking along side of the Parkway is permitted, when done in a safe manner.
No fees (tolls) charged for traveling the Parkway & no fees charged to visit most, if not all, sites along the Parkway.
Camping permitted in designated campgrounds only (fees charged).
National Park Service maps available free at Visitor's Centers.
Most park services available from May 1 to Oct 1, parkway open all year, but some sections may be closed in winter due to ice or snow.
Recommended travel guides include a 2-part guide by William Lord, "Blue Ridge Parkway Guide". Part 1 coves the northern part, stopping near Boone, NC. Part 2 covers Boone south to the Smokey's. (About $6.00 each.