The Blue Ridge Parkway was built from 1935 to 1987, 52 years total. The last section completed was the Linn Cove Viaduct, near Grandfather Mountain in 1987. The Blue Ridge Parkway runs from Shenandoah Valley’s “Skyline Drive” in Virginia to U.S Highway 441, just outside of Cherokee, NC, a total of just over 469 miles.
Along the southern portion of the Blue Ridge Parkway is where the best views and experience the largest accumulation of tunnels. The Blue Ridge Parkway’s tunnels were created from blasting through solid rock. There are a total of 26 tunnels along the parkway in all, with 25 of them located in NC and one located in VA.
The Blue Ridge Parkway views are often the main reason for a visit. With the elevations up to over 6,000 ft, the views can go on for miles. The parkway’s highest peak, “Richland Balsam Mountain” stands at 6,035 ft above sea level, near milepost 431. The Blue Ridge Parkway’s mileage system is made up of “mileposts.” These mileposts are located on the right-hand side of the south-bound lane and located on the left-hand side of the north-bound lane. They are concrete “posts” and they have blue numbers etched into them. Using the mileposts is great way to navigate along the parkway to find the wonderful points of interest like: hiking trails, waterfalls, camping opportunities, overlooks, picnic areas, etc.