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BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY (Page 3)

From Linville Falls to Linn Cove Viaduct

Mileposts 316 - 304

(heading North)

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Page 1 (MPs 400s)
  
Smokemont Campground
  Waterrock Knob
  Mount Pisgah CG

Page 2 (MPs 390-340)
  Asheville, NC
     Asheville KOA East
     Biltmore Estate
     Chimney Rock
  Craggy Gardens
  Crabtree Meadows CG

Page 3 (MPs 316-304)
  Linville Falls CG
  Grandfather CG
  Grandfather Mountain

  Linn Cove Viaduct

Page 4 (MPs 297-294)
  Julian Price CG
  Moses Cone Park

Page 5 (MP 292 exit)
  Boone
  KOA Boone
  Village of Blowing Rock
  Blowing Rock Attraction
  Mast General Store

Page 6 (MPs 291-190)
  West Jefferson
  Church of the Frescoes
  RiverCampUSA
  Virginia Creeper Trail

Page 7 (MPs 217-176)
  Puckett Cabin
  Meadows of Dan CG
  Mabry Mill
  Mayberry Campground
  Mount Airy
  Pilot Mt. State Park

Page 8 (MPs 169-61)
  Rocky Knob CG
  Roanoke Mountain CG
  Virginia's Explore Park
  Peaks of Otter CG
  Otter Creek CG

Page 9 (MP 62)
  KOA Natural Bridge
  Jellystone Natural Bridge
  Natural Bridge

Page 10 (MPs 45-0)
  Chimney Rock
  20 Minute Cliff
  Humpback Rocks

  Shenandoah NP
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Below are places we saw along the way with links to separate pages, if applicable.
Mile-post Attraction
316
Linville Falls Campground  
  On the banks of the Linville River - the Parkway’s smallest and most popular campground. Once exiting the Parkway, the visitor's center is 1/2 mile and the campground is 1.5 miles. There's an overlook (River Bend Overlook) on the way that's RV friendly and a beautiful stop.
It wasn't time for an overnight stop when I got to Linville Falls Campground, but I drove through to check it out anyway. This is the entrance to Area A. The first pull-through you see on the left is A-6.
 
Info on the NPS website says there are only 20 RV sites here, but that must be outdated info. These sites in Area B (#36-#39) may be a bit smaller, but most would fit RVs of various sizes. The site map shows both areas (total of 70 sites - some double-wides) available for RVs and tents.
 

I was pleasantly surprised to meet Alisa again - she had checked me in when I stayed at Crabtree Meadows. Her job title is "Visitor Use Assistant" and I can attest that she was an excellent assistant to this visitor. She told me all about the trails and answered all my questions patiently. When I complimented her on her helpfulness, she said, "I have the best job in the whole world" and that she just loves helping people make the most of their visit to the Parkway. And I appreciate this kind of service and attitude!

 

Visitor Center - Start of trails to overlook two falls and gorge. Linville Falls is the most famous waterfall in the Blue Ridge. Allow 1 - 3 hours - Upper Falls (Linville Falls Trail) - 10-12' high into a pool; Lower Falls (Linville Gorge Trail) - 80' into the gorge. Plan on 45 min. to hike to those 2 falls.

Linville Falls Picnic Area is RV friendly with plenty parking and turn-around area - is very pretty and shaded.

312 Although the view of Grandfather Mountain is at the Parkway's Milepost 306, you need to exit here (if you're heading north) and take SR 181 and US 281 and go through the town of Linville to get there for a visit.
 
My site #A38 at Grandfather CG
This is where I chose to stay to explore Grandfather Mountain and enjoy having full hookups again for a while and get caught up on laundry, shopping, etc. Definitely a recommended stop! Click link above for pics of my visit there.
Visit Grandfather Mountain's website
I had been looking forward to this since first seeing the brochure in 2001. Don't miss it if at all possible. Click link above for pics of my visit there.
308 Flat Rock Trail - An easy self-guiding loop - .63 miles
306 Grandfather Mountain Overlook - According to the NPs site, "one of the best southern views of Grandfather Mountain. You might notice how the mountain also resembles the head of a hawk--which also explains the Cherokee name "Tanawa" meaning hawk." When I passed by here, I didn't see the resemblance to either one, although the outline of grandfather was easily seen from Grandfather Campground.
304
Linn Cove Viaduct
I had seen this picture countless times while researching the parkway - sometimes with rhododendron in the foreground and other times with brilliantly colored fall leaves. Unfortunately neither was here to decorate it when I passed through, but the view was still phenomenal.
This bridge was engineered to wrap around the mountain, not cut into it to minimize the impact on the fragile environment here. There's good RV parking at the Linn Cove visitor's center. Ask there exactly where to go to get this shot. You can also hike down a trail to get a view of the underbelly of the viaduct.
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