Blue Ridge Parkway

All-American RoadNorth Carolina, Virginia

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  • Golden Sunset on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia

    A low lying mist rises from the valley floor as the sun sinks over the ridge tops.

  • Peaks of Otter Trails

    Creeks cross the way along one the many pathways on the Otter Trails.

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  • VA Explorer Park Visitor Center

    At Virginia's Explorer Park, a visitor center offers information about your visit.

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  • Mabry Mill

    From the Blue Ridge Parkway, you'll find a clear view of Mabry Mill

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  • Countryside of the Blue Ridge Parkway

    Rolling hills and countryside are what visitors will experience when driving the parkway.

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  • Blue Ridge Parkway

    A pastel dawn at washes over boulders on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia..

  • Split Rail Fences Along the Parkway

    Split rail fences and puffy white clouds lend a rustic charm to the parkway.

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  • Upper Linville Falls

    Deep red leaves carpet the slopes behind Upper Linville Falls.

  • Sunrise over the Blue Ridge Parkway

    Sunrise comes to the Blue Ridge Parkway near Great Smoky Mountains National Park

  • Lower Linville Falls

    The chute of Lower Linville Falls has cut a jagged path through dramatic, layered rock formations.

  • Wildflower Interlude

    A hiker pauses on a rustic stone wall to admire a field of sun-kissed wildflowers and the rolling hills beyond.

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  • Great Valley Overlook

    A visitor to the Blue Ridge Parkway stands at the Great Valley Overlook to observe the entire valley spread out below.

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  • Trail's Cabin

    The Blue Ridge Parkway protects and preserves historically and culturally significant buildings for visitors to learn and appreciate early pioneer living.

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  • Overlooking Lake Lure from Chimney Rock

    Surrounded by mountains and forests, beautiful Lake Lure stretches to the horizon in this late winter/early spring photo taken from the top of Chimney Rock.

  • Moore Cove Falls

    A half hour walk through Pisgah Forest will take you to this delicate waterfall over layers of rocks. Intrepid hikers can easily walk behind the falls.

  • Unwinding -- Appalachian Style

    Water-smoothed stones jut into a shallow river as it moseys thru the shaded mountain timberland, providing an unblemished playground for two young travelers.

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  • Lower Linville Falls

    From Chimney View, the narrow chute of Lower Linville Falls is visible to the left.

  • Winding Road in the Mountains

    The hills of the Blue Ridge Mountains change gradually to gold in autumn.

  • Both Classic and Whimsical

    You'll find both traditional and truly unique pieces when you visit Jake Cress' gallery in his historic house in Fincastle, VA.

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  • Autumn Along the Blue Ridge Parkway

    The reds and golds of autumn are displayed in vibrant colors along the Blue Ridge Parkway.

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  • Concert Event at the Blue Ridge Music Center

    Visitors enjoy entertainment along Blue Ridge at this fall concert.

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  • Linville Falls from Erwin View

    From Erwin View, Linville Falls is a small white ribbon flowing through the canyon and the forest.

  • Boating Along Smith Mountain Lake

    A boat moves across the smooth water, trailing a small wake. Mountains slope gently down behind the tree lined edges of the lake. A single golf ball waits on the green for the player to return and continue the game.

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  • Recreation at Smith Mountain Lake

    Much of the Smith Mountain Lake complex facilities can be seen in this birds-eye view during a boat show. Two piers full of boats and two pools are surrounded by lots of pavilions and tents that are part of the boat show.

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  • Stone-arched Bridges of the Parkway

    Blending into the background, these quaint stone bridges lend a charming atmosphere to this section of the Blue Ridge Parkway.

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  • Wake Boarding on Smith Mountain Lake

    A visitor to the lake catches some air while wake-boarding.

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  • A Mound of Soap

    The wide variety of soap available at the Soap Shed is sure to please.

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  • Mast General Store

    The original Mast General Store in Valle Crucis, NC, has welcomed customers since 1883.

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  • Both Classic and Whimsical

    You'll find both traditional and truly unique pieces when you visit Jake Cress' gallery in his historic house in Fincastle, VA.

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  • The Top of Chimney Rock

    A stiff breeze stretches out the flag on top of Chimney Rock.

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  • Tunnel Building on the Blue Ridge Parkway

    State-of-the-art tunnel-building techniques were used during construction of the Blue Ridge Parkway.

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  • The Viaduct

    The Linn Cove Viaduct winds around rock and snow.

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  • Looking Glass Rock

    Looking Glass Rock gets its name from the shine it has when it is wet.

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  • Mabry's Mill

    The historical Mabry's Mill stands by a cool pool and is surrounded by a green forest.

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  • Abbott Lake

    Abbott Lake is one of the many lakes that lie along the Blue Ridge Parkway.

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  • Hickory Nut Falls

    Hickory Nut Falls is just one of the lovely waterfalls that can be found along the Blue Ridge Parkway.

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  • Mountain Mists

    The mountain mists are what give this area its name.

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  • Bridge Over Linville River

    A grey stonework bridge spans the Linville River.

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  • Misty Layers of Mountains

    Grandfather Mountain is amid the Blue Ridge mountain range.

  • Devil's Head at Chimney Rock Park

    Chimney Rock State Park provides a perfect view of Devil's Head.

  • Memorial Sign at Cumberland Knob

    A memorial sign stands next to the Blue Ridge Parkway, surrounded by dwindling fall foliage on a grey day.

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  • Chimney Rock Elevator

    Set into the side of the stone is the elevator to the top of Chimney Rock.

  • View of Cold Mountain

    Cold Mountain rises above the multi-colored beginnings of autumn in North Carolina.

  • Log-Sawing Demonstration

    Historical demonstrations give visitors a chance to experience earlier mountain ways.

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  • The Cascades

    Located on the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Cascades create a sparkling fall of water among the green of the leaves.

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  • Standing by the Blue Ridge Parkway in 1996

    A group stands by the sign commerating the Blue Ridge Parkway as an All-American Road.

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  • Woodland Falls

    Bright water pours over dark rock amidst the greenery of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

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  • An Engineering Masterpiece

    An aerial view of the viaduct found along the Blue Ridge Parkway reveals a masterpiece of engineering.

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  • Fall Color Along the Blue Ridge Parkway

    Brilliant reds and yellows are juxtaposed against deep blues and greens on the slopes of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

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  • The Parkway in Autumn

    The Blue Ridge Parkway winds through a sea of color produced by the change of seasons.

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  • Peaks of Otter

    Sharp Top Mountain Peak provides a sweeping view, overlooking the Peaks of Otter lodge and Abbott Lake.

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  • Nature's Palette on the Blue Ridge Parkway

    Red and gold leaves combined provide a rich color amongst the fall foliage.

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  • Rocky Knob Visitor Center

    Blue skies streaked with clouds beckon visitors closer to the Rocky Knob Visitor Center.

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  • Linville Falls Overlook

    Linville Falls viewed from an overlook.

  • The Linville River

    Trees reflect in the Linville River looking from the bridge.

  • Visitor Center at Moses H. Cone Memorial Park

    The manor houses a park service information station and the Parkway Craft Center.

  • The Grounds of the Park

    The grounds at Moses H. Cone Memorial Park including rolling hills and vistas such as this.

  • Surrounding Countryside

    The countryside surrounding Moses H. Cone Memorial Park is quietly beautiful.

  • Stone Bridge Leading to the Foliage

    Fall colors and a stone bridge make beautiful scenery near Julian Price Memorial Park.

  • Tanbark Ridge Tunnel

    The parkway moves through Tanbark Ridge Tunnel through the Blue Ridge Mountains.

  • The North Carolina Crafts Guild's Folk Art Center

    The Folk Art Center is a cultural outpost along the parkway.

  • Mabry Mill

    With many reflecting ponds, Mabry Mill portrays a peaceful atmosphere in which to relax.

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  • Windblown Trees on Ravens Roost

    High above the forested valley, Ravens Roost on the Blue Ridge Parkway allows the visitor to see for miles. A pool of water remains on the rock from intermittent summer thunderstorms.

  • View From Ravens Roost Overlook

    Deep green forested hills fade into the misty distance, in this view looking west from Ravens Roost overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

  • Torrential Rain over Massanutten Mountain

    A thunderstorm sends a curtain of rain down on the mountain, while in Elkton, Virginia, it is sunny and warm.

  • Mabry Mill

    Mabry Mill reflects in a still pond on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

  • Zebra Swallowtail Butterfly on Butterfly Weed

    The lovely zebra swallowtail butterfly flies to land on the orange blooms of butterfly weed on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

  • Miniature Furniture

    Jake Cress' 18th-century style miniature furniture pieces will please young and old alike.

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  • Farm on the Blue Ridge Parkway

    Distant mountains form a backdrop to a pastoral scene along the parkway.

  • Looking Northeast from an Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway

    Haze in the distance masks a thunderstorm on a muggy June afternoon.

  • Roanoke River

    The churning tan waters of the Roanoke River carved the gorge created that passes under the Blue Ridge Parkway.

  • Swallowtail Butterfly

    A swallowtail butterfly shows off its striking colors on a butterfly bush on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

  • Blue Ridge Parkway

    Arrays of gentle, foggy mountains fill the horizon looking west from the Blue Ridge Parkway.

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  • Looking Glass Rock in Pisgah National Forest

    Looking Glass Rock casts a shadow across Pisgah National Forest, which is beginning to change color its fall foliage season.

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  • Linn Cove Viaduct on the Blue Ridge Parkway

    The Linn Cove Viaduct, which was based on European designs, spans the Wilson Creek gorge. Tree branches are bare of leaves, and gray rocks jut out out from the brown forest.

  • Overlook Mill

    A view of Overlook Mill in the Pisgah National Forest shows faint traces of fall.

  • Cold Mountain

    A view of Cold Mountain shows the first parts of fall in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

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  • Linn Cove Viaduct in Winter

    Bare and twisted branches create a grim foreground to a view of the Linn Cove Viaduct under gray skies, where it crosses Wilson Creek.

  • Linville Falls from Chimney View

    Linville Falls spills down through rugged gray cliffs and winter-bare forests as seen from Chimney View on the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina.

  • Southern Virginia University

    The sun sets on Southern Virginia University, casting a soft light on the buildings.

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  • Appalachian State University

    The Appalachian State University Student Union stands resolutely in the sunlight.

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  • Red Azaleas on the Blue Ridge Parkway

    A red-flowered bush stands next to gray rocks beneath an overcast sky on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The parkway itself is visible in the far distance.

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  • Linville Caverns

    Linville Caverns provide astonishing underground views.

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  • Vista in Mount Mitchell State Park

    Mount Mitchell State Park offers stunning views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

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  • River Running Through the North Carolina Arboretum

    Various types of plants grow around a river in the North Carolina Arboretum.

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