35 Favorite Travel Photos From the Blue Ridge Parkway

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Jason Barnette
Posted on
April 15, 2019
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After spending years driving the entire Blue Ridge Parkway I have created a large collection of travel photography.

I’ve driven the entire 469-mile Blue Ridge Parkway twice now, along with sections of the Parkway dozens of times. I never drive far before pulling over to capture a photo of the beautiful landscape, a scenic overlook, or a rustic building. Here are 35 favorite travel photos of the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia and North Carolina I have captured over the years.

Mountains in the distance beyond the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia
The Blue Ridge Parkway features 469 miles of beautiful scenery.
The Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina
Miles and miles of beautiful scenery.
A plaque showing the landmarks in the distance at Ravens Roost Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia
One of the things the Parkway is best known for are the scenic overlooks.
A single tree at the edge of a rocky cliff at Ravens Roost Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia
Ravens Roost Overlook near Waynesboro offers one of the best views on the Parkway.
A stone wall surrounds the Thunder Ridge Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia
The Thunder Ridge Overlook offered a surprisingly stunning view at the end of a short, easy trail.
Looking Glass Rock on the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina
One of my favorite views is at Looking Glass Rock. Has anyone ever scaled that rock?
Late evening sunlight across the landscape at the Mill Mountain Overlook on Roanoke Mountain on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia
The Mill Mountain Overlook in Roanoke is one of my favorite views on the entire Parkway.
The view from Iron Mine Hollow on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia
The view from Iron Mine Hollow could be enjoyed from the comfort of your car.
View of Devil's Courthouse on the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina
You can see Devil’s Courthouse from the parking lot, but for a better view…
A family enjoys the view from the Devil's Courthouse Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina
…hike the moderately strenuous trail to the top for unbelievable views.
Fog clings to the mountain at the Apple Orchard Mountain Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia
There isn’t much to see at Apple Orchard Mountain, the highest point on the Parkway in Virginia.
A pedestrian path beneath the bridge crossing the James River on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia
Ironically the lowest point on the entire Parkway is just a few miles away at the bridge crossing the James River.
Mount Mitchell on the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina
Mount Mitchell is the highest point east of the Mississippi in a state park accessibly only from the Parkway.
The view from the top of Craggy Pinnacle at Craggy Gardens on the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina
But the view from Craggy Pinnacle is my favorite.
Blooming rhododendron beside the parking lot with a view of Craggy Dome on the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina
You could also enjoy the view of Craggy Dome from the parking lot.
A short tunnel at Craggy Gardens on the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina
There are lots of tunnels on the Parkway.
View of Linville Falls on the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina
One of the most popular destinations to visit on the Blue Ridge Parkway is Linville Falls.
The expansive view of the gorge and waterfalls from Erwin's View at Linville Falls on the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina
Erwin’s View offers the best overall view of Linville Falls and the gorge.
The base of Linville Falls on the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina
Or you could hike the strenuous Gorge Trail to the bottom of the waterfall.
The hidden Dugger's Creek Falls in a narrow ravine on the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina
While visiting Linville Falls be sure to hike the short, easy trail to find the hidden Dugger’s Creek Falls.
The curve of the Linn Cove Viaduct overhanging the landscape on the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina
Ah. The Linn Cove Viaduct. Perhaps the most iconic features of the Parkway.
The iconic Mabry Mill beside the mill pond on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia
Or would Mabry Mill be the most iconic?
A rustic log cabin at Humpback Rocks Visitor Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia
There are also lots of historic structures to visit on the Parkway such as this cabin at Humpback Rocks.
Rustic Puckett Cabin on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia
The Puckett Cabin is located on the side of the Parkway near Galax.
A rustic two story log home at Virginia's Explore Park on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia
This cabin is part of Virginia’s Explore Park just off the Parkway in Roanoke.
Brilliant fall colors surround the brilliant white Parkway Craft Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina
One of the most magnificent buildings on the Parkway is Cone Manor, home to the Parkway Craft Center.
Sunlight pours through a large open window on the top floor of the Parkway Craft Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina
They have started offering guided tours of the second floor again.
The sun shines through a tree during the fall colors on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia
Autumn is a very popular time to explore the Parkway.
Brilliant orange fall colors in a large tree during sunset on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia
Sunsets & autumn colors make a great combination on the Parkway.
A rustic covered shelter surrounded by trees and fall colors at Cumberland Knob Recreation Area on the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina
Sometimes things like this covered shelter are hidden on short trails on the Parkway.
Brilliant autumn colors across the landscape at the Wildcat Rock Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina
Wildcat Rock Overlook absolutely took my breath away the first time I saw it, and now I visit every time I drive the Parkway.
A waterfall spilling over the stone dam at Otter Lake on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia
There are also lots of waterfalls on the Parkway. This is the Otter Lake Waterfall at the dam.
View of Sharp Top Mountain across Abbott Lake with a set of adirondack chairs on the lawn at the Peaks of Otter on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia
Would you enjoy a nice summer afternoon with this view of Sharp Top Mountain at the Peaks of Otter?
Warm orange sunset above the silhouette of mountains at the Cowee Mountain Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina
Every evening I drive the Parkway I try to find a place to watch the sunset. My favorite place is the Cowee Mountain Overlook.
The sun peaks out from behind clouds just above the mountains during sunset at Ravens Roost Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia
But I have to admit the sunset view from Ravens Roose Overlook was also pretty spectacular.

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