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Blue Ridge Parkway

Blue Ridge Parkway, USA

The Basics

The Blue Ridge Parkway offers a peaceful escape from hectic urban life. Head out on an independent road trip, or take a day trip from Asheville, North Carolina, during which you can hike through the Appalachian wilderness and visit scenic waterfalls.

Artistically inclined visitors can hone their photography skills on a small-group photo tour of the parkway and capture wild landscapes under the guidance of a local. At the southern end of the Blue Ridge Parkway, stop off at Great Smoky Mountains National Park for a guided nature and history tour, rafting trip, or scenic helicopter flight.

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Blue Ridge Parkway Waterfalls Hiking Tour from Asheville
Blue Ridge Parkway Waterfalls Hiking Tour from Asheville
$97.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Better then expected.
Keith, our tour guide, was fabulous. He was informative, didn’t rush anyone and was extremely pleasant. Would recommend this tour.
JOHN_P, Nov 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Asheville

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Keith is the man!!!
Dylan_S, Sep 2021
Blue Ridge Parkway Waterfalls Hiking Tour from Asheville
Keith was an absolutely incredible tour guide. He is so knowledgeable and passionate about what he does that it really shows. The ride was insanely comfortable and looking out at the blue ridge parkway while learning about the history of Asheville is blissful. Keith was also very accommodating with a variety of snacks and cold drinks. The waterfalls were beautiful and so worth the mini hike. We are so grateful that this was our first Asheville experience. Highly highly recommend
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Amazing Waterfalls & Scenic Overlook
shari_p, Nov 2021
Scenic Driving Tour of the Blue Ridge Mountains
We had a wonderful time with David. He is enjoyable, knowledgeable & changed up his original plan when we wanted to hike a bit more & see more waterfalls and forestry. It was a great experience!
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Breathtaking
Amy_S, Oct 2021
Waterfalls and Blue Ridge Parkway Hiking Tour with Expert Naturalist
The entire trip from start to finish was amazing. Mike the tour guide was very informative and knowledgeable and really cared about his guests enjoying And giving us the ultimate experience. I would highly recommend him. Beautiful tour.
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Truly amazing tour.
Rodney_G, Oct 2021
Scenic Driving Tour of the Blue Ridge Mountains
The drive was truly enjoyable, the scenery was extremely beautiful and relaxing. Our driver David was a joy to be around. Truly enjoyed our trip. Highly recommend this tour.
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A day well spent!
Lauri_K, Oct 2021
Blue Ridge Parkway Waterfalls Hiking Tour from Asheville
Fantastic waterfalls! Extremely knowledgeable guide who was conscious of everyone’s hopes for the trip and physical abilities.
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Great starting point to lear about the area surrounding Asheville.
Marcy_C, Oct 2021
Waterfalls and Blue Ridge Parkway Hiking Tour with Expert Naturalist
Chris, our guide, was amazing and incredibly knowledgeable. He has a passion for the area that’s infectious. I wish it had been a full dat tour instead of half day.
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Purple Mountain Majesty on the Blue Ridge Parkway!
Cindy_C, Sep 2021
Blue Ridge Parkway Waterfalls Hiking Tour from Asheville
An incredible tour, breathtaking views, now I know what the meaning of “purple mountain majesty” really is! Keith is a knowledgeable tour guide, made the ride and hike comfortable and provided snacks and water for everyone on the tour. We were lucky to have a beautiful September day which allowed for some awesome photos of the spectacular scenery, what an experience! Highly recommend this adventure.
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We had the best time!
CASSANDRA_A, Oct 2021
Waterfalls and Blue Ridge Parkway Hiking Tour with Expert Naturalist
Mary-Kait was an awesome guide -friendly, knowledgeable and easy to communicate with. My sisters and I very much enjoyed our hike. And the waterfalls were amazing!
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Awesome!!!
Aleida_R, Jun 2021
Waterfalls and Blue Ridge Parkway Hiking Tour with Expert Naturalist
Blue Ridge Parkway View and the trail in the mountain was spectacular and our guides were knowledgeable.
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Outstanding!!!
Sharon_O, Oct 2021
Waterfalls and Blue Ridge Parkway Hiking Tour with Expert Naturalist
Paul, our guide, was awesome! Paul has extensive knowledge of plants, flowers, birds, waterfalls and area history. He loves nature and it shows! Paul helped everyone in our group feel at ease. He chose easy trails with beautiful waterfalls!!! This tour is a win win and was money well spent. We were able to see and do a lot. This tour will not disappoint! Highly recommend!!!
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The guide was fantastic,...
AUDREY_L, Sep 2021
Waterfalls and Blue Ridge Parkway Hiking Tour with Expert Naturalist
The guide was fantastic, he was so knowledgeable and entertaining. The views were amazing and we enjoyed the trip very much.
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Best day in Asheville
Irene_H, Aug 2021
Blue Ridge Parkway Waterfalls Hiking Tour from Asheville
Best day in the Asheville area. Keith was the best guide with his love and knowledge of nature coupled with his long time living in the area. He even worked at the Biltmore Estate when it was being restored and was able to give us a lot of insight into that process. Tour spots were great

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The parkway’s speed limit never exceeds 45 mph (72 kph). Due to steep roads and occasional wildlife crossings, careful driving is essential.

  • There are plenty of stops along the way to sightsee, hike, or picnic—many travelers take four or five days to complete the whole route.

  • The weather along the parkway can vary greatly due to changes in elevation, so dress in layers.

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How to Get There

The Blue Ridge Parkway runs 469 miles (755 kilometers) through the Appalachian Highlands between North Carolina and Virginia. You’ll find markers along every mile of the parkway, and it’s best to carry a map to determine where you want to go, as GPS directions often do not understand the milepost system.

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Trip ideas


When to Get There

While the parkway is open 24 hours a day, visitor services (picnic areas, visitor centers, and restrooms) may be limited after dark and close entirely from November–April. The best time to visit is in fall, when the leaves turn seasonal shades of red, yellow, and orange. The road closes only due to inclement weather, which occurs most often in winter.

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Exploring Asheville, North Carolina

Nestled away in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, the city of Asheville is known for its vibrant arts scene and historic architecture, including the 19th-century Biltmore Estate, a massive historical mansion built by George Vanderbilt. Don’t miss the downtown Art District, which is filled with galleries and museums, and the nearby River Arts District, where former factory buildings house artists’ studios. There are also numerous hiking trails in the area, along with several craft breweries.

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