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Part of the Blue Ridge Parkway’s charm is that along the wilder stretches, you won’t find gas stations, hotels, or stores; instead, there are stunning high-elevation vistas, mysterious trailheads, and waterfalls, making this road one of the most unique in America. However, travelers along the BRP will be happy to know that there is one delightful haven hidden among those high peaks—the Pisgah Inn, which sits at 5,000 feet right on the Parkway with incredible vistas of mountains just below it.
Springtime has visitors flocking to the Great Smoky Mountains for wildflower walks, but summertime has its own delights, too, and many species are still in bloom. Take in some of the Park’s prettiest trails, balds, and riverside strolls on your next visit to the mountains. And before you go, check out the National Park’s webpage on wildflower species so that you know just what to look for.
North Carolina’s gorgeous segment of the Blue Ridge Parkway is a photographer’s dream with its stunning views and overlooks at soaring heights. However, the Parkway is also home to some of Appalachia’s loveliest waterfalls, which are well worth stopping for. Bring your camera and a pair of hiking boots, as some of these falls require a short walk. Depending on which segment of the BRP you are concentrating on, consider some of the following falls.
Part of what makes the Smoky Mountains such an attraction is the incredible variety of outdoor activities available. Hundreds of miles of trails feature waterfalls, panoramic views, and hidden coves; rivers of all sizes and speeds are a rafter’s playground; massive labyrinthine caves promise adventure and discovery. Below are just a few of the Smokies’ best outdoor activities in summer