The Blue Ridge Parkway follows the high crests of the central
and southern Appalachians for 469 miles from Shenandoah National
Park in Virginia to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in
North Carolina. The parkway provides some of the most spectacular
scenery in the world, ranging from 650 to 6,000 feet in elevation.
The Blue Ridge Parkway has several rest areas and
overlooks that are maintained by the National Park Service that
offer hiking, camping, dining, or the ability just to stop at
the numerous overlooks. It encompasses some of the oldest settlements
of both pre-historic and early European settlement. Visitors can
trace much of the history of Appalachian culture by observing
overlook signs, visitor center exhibits, restored historic structures,
and developed areas.
Carroll County features 30 miles of spectacular
scenery along the parkway, between Mileposts 182 and 212. Three
cultural stopping points are the Groundhog Mountain Scenic Overlook
with picnic area(MP 188.8), Orlean Puckett Cabin (MP 189.9), and
on the edge of the county is the Blue Ridge Music Center (MP 213).
An important access point to the parkway in Carroll County is
at Fancy Gap (MP 199.5) which intersects with Route 52 and is
near Interstate 77(exit 8). Blue Ridge HOST, Inc. operates a visitor
center open seven days a week at Fancy Gap.
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