Blue Ridge Parkway
The Blue Ridge Parkway has been called "America's Favorite Drive," spanning over 400 miles from the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia, to the Smokey Mountains in southwestern North Carolina. Over 120 miles of the Parkway runs through the High Country and is a wonderful privilege to enjoy within a short drive from the Knob Hill Chalet.
Driving the Blue Ridge Parkway is a real breath-taking treat. Beautiful anytime of the year, it is especially spectacular on clear days and with the fall colors. The views are worth stopping for -- and there are many hiking trails, waterfalls, and noteworthy destinations along the way.
The Knob Hill Chalet is located between two major access points to the Blue Ridge Parkway -- going towards Grandfather Mountain in one direction (MP 300) and Blowing Rock (MP 290) in the other direction -- each about 25 minutes from the cabin. Between these access points, you can find Moses Cone Memorial Park, Julian Price Lake, and the Linn Cove Viaduct right on the parkway. Travel just a few miles further south to pass Grandfather Mountain and head towards Linville Falls, Linville Caverns (MP 316.4), and the Apple Orchard at Altapass (MP 328).
If time does not allow for leisure traveling of the parkway, maybe travel it on route to another destination rather than the main highways. If time does allow, pack a picnic and stop at the overlooks and explore some spectacular hiking trails.
For an easy, quick hike with a big payoff, the Chestoa View Overlook is located (MP 320.7) right off the Blue Ridge Parkway, near two of the most spectacular waterfalls on or near the parkway... Linville Falls (Mile 316.4) and Crabtree Falls (Mile 339.5).
Please note: It is not recommended to travel on the Blue Ridge Parkway in poor, snowy, or icy weather.
*MP = Mile Post