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Stunning Views From Wildcat Rock on the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina

I almost didn’t pull into the parking lot. I almost didn’t walk up those stairs. I almost didn’t see one of the most stunning overlooks on the entire Blue Ridge Parkway. But fortunately I did pull into the parking lot, walk up the short flight of stairs, and spent two hours one morning just admiring this breathtaking view. I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it since.

5 Things You Just Don’t Do on the Blue Ridge Parkway

The Blue Ridge Parkway is one of the most iconic road trip destinations in the country. People come from far and wide to enjoy the scenic overlooks, exciting hiking, and winding roads of the two-lane Parkway through the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia and North Carolina. It’s not hard to find a list of things to do or places to go, but it’s easy to forget there are things you’re just not supposed to do on the Parkway. But the Blue Ridge Parkway doesn’t have a long list of things you can’t do; this is more just like things

Richland Balsam Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina

A large sign welcomes visitors to the “Highest Elevation on the Blue Ridge Parkway Motor Road”. At 6,053′ above sea level the Richland Balsam Overlook is the highest point on the entire Parkway and provides a stunning view of the lower mountain landscapes surrounding the peak. Take a selfie with the sign, enjoy a picnic, or take a hike at this overlook.