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In 1934, the North Carolina portion of the Blue Ridge Parkway was divided into 24 short sections by which to manage planning and construction. Almost all of the available Parkway historical materials digitized for Driving Through Time are, therefore, identified according to their Parkway section. This page provides mileage, counties, landmarks and related web resources for each of those sections.

The information here was generated by examining Blue Ridge Parkway Right-of-Way Parkway Land Use Maps; NC Naturals Blue Ridge Parkway Travel Guide Mile by Mile Travelogue (http://www.ncnatural.com/Parkway/MilebyMile.html); and the Blue Ridge Parkway WikiTravel page (http://wikitravel.org/en/Blue_Ridge_Parkway). This page is intended to serve as a general reference only.

For more detailed and specific section information developed by the staff at the Blue Ridge Parkway headquarters, please see the Blue Ridge Parkway "Linear Log."

(Note: Mileage is estimated where sections/county lines fall between mileposts. Some data is incomplete. There is no section 2I or 2O.)

Highlands area
Section Mile markers Landmarks/Cities Counties (mile markers) External resources
2A 216.9-229.5 Sparta, Roaring Gap, Cumberland Knob, State Line between Virginia and North Carolina, Fox Hunters Paradise Alleghany (219-229) UNC Catalog: Map: United States National Park Service. “Blue Ridge Parkway : Cumberland Knob trails.” Washington, D.C.: U.S. Dept. of the Interior, National Park Service, 2000, http://search.lib.unc.edu/search?R=UNCb5882891
2B 229.6-237.1 Little Glade Creek/Little Glade Mill Pond, Devils Garden Overlook Alleghany (229-235.1), Wilkes (235.1-236.6), Alleghany (236.6-237.5) Blue Ridge Parkway Guide by Virtual Blue Ridge: Little Glade Mill Pond Overlook and Devil Garden's Overlook Description, http://www.virtualblueridge.com/parkway_tour/overlooks/00230.asp>
2C 237.1-248.1 Laurel Springs, Doughton Park, Brinegar Cabin, Caudill Cabin, Alligator Back parking overlook, Bluffs View parking overlook, Grassy Gap, Basin Cove parking overlook , Flat Rock Ridge Trail Alleghany (237.1-248.1) UNC Catalog: United States National Park Service. “Blue Ridge Parkway : Doughton Park trails.” Washington, D.C.: U.S. Dept. of the Interior, National Park Service, 2000, http://search.lib.unc.edu/search?R=UNCb5882893
2D 248-261.2 Glendale Springs, Peak Creek, Alder Gap, Sheets Cabin, Sheets Gap parking overlook, Rattlesnake Mountain, Cherry Hill coffee, Northwest Trading Post, Jumpinoff Rocks, Horse Gap Ashe, Wilkes
Peak Creek township, Ashe County, http://www.city-data.com/township/Peak-Creek-Ashe-NC.html

Summit Post: Rattlesnake Mountain, http://www.city-data.com/township/Peak-Creek-Ashe-NC.html

Blue Ridge Parkway Trails: Juminoff Rock Trail, http://www.brptrails.com/brp2603.htm
2E 261.2-276.4 West Jefferson, E. B. Jeffress Park, Daniel Gap, Gilliam Gap, The Lump parking overlook, Calloway Gap, Mount Jefferson parking overlook, Blue Ridge Baptist Church and Cemetery, Jesse Brown Farmstead, Thompkins Knob, Elk Mountain parking overlook, Deep Gap, Stoney Fork Valley parking overlook Wilkes, Ashe, Watagua Blue Ridge Parkway Guide by Virtual Blue Ridge: E. B. Jeffress Park, http://www.virtualblueridge.com/parkway_tour/parks/272_0/>

North Carolina Division of Parks and Recreation: Mount Jefferson, http://www.ncparks.gov/Visit/parks/moje/main.php
2F 277- 291.9 Boone, Deep Gap, Osborne Mountain View parking overlook, Carroll Gap parking overlook, Grandview parking overlook, Yadkin Valley parking overlook, Raven Rocks parking overlook, Thunder Hill parking overlook Ashe (248- ), Wilkes
Boone Convention and Visitors Bureau, http://visitboonenc.com/

Wikipedia: Deep Gap, North Carolina, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deep_Gap,_North_Carolina
Black Mountains area
Section Mile markers Landmarks/Cities Counties (mile markers) External resources
2G 292-299.4 Blowing Rock, Moses. H. Cone Memorial Park, Julian Price Memorial Park, Moses Cone Estate and Parkway Craft Center, Sims Creek Viaduct and parking overlook, Price Lake parking overlook Watagua UNC Catalog: Map: United States National Park Service. “Blue Ridge Parkway : Cone Park Carriage trails.” Washington, D.C.: U.S. Dept. of the Interior, National Park Service, 2000, http://search.lib.unc.edu/search?R=UNCb5882887
2H 299.5-304/5 Grandfather Mountain, Linn Cove Viaduct, Banner Elk Watagua (299.5-300.5), Caldwell (300.5-301.5), Avery (301.5-304.5)
Grandfather Mountain, http://www.grandfather.com/

UNC Catalog: Map: United States National Park Service. “Blue Ridge Parkway : Linn Cove Viaduct.” Washington, D.C.: U.S. Dept. of the Interior, National Park Service, 2000, http://search.lib.unc.edu/search?R=UNCb5882895
2J 304/305-317.5 Linville, Crossnore, Linville Falls, Linville River, Linville River Bridge, Beacon Heights, Grandmother Mountain parking area and overlook, Flat Rock Avery, Burke, Avery UNC Catalog: Map: United States National Park Service. “Blue Ridge Parkway : Linville Falls campground.” Washington, D.C.: U.S. Dept. of the Interior, National Park Service, 2000, http://search.lib.unc.edu/search?R=UNCb5882896
2K 317.5-327.4 Humpback Mountain Viaduct, North Toe Valley overlook, Chestoa View Trail, Bear Den parking overlook, Heffner Gap parking overlook, North Cove parking overlook McDowell (318-320.1), Avery (320.1-321), McDowell (321-324.5), Mitchell (324.5-325.5), McDowell (325.5-326), Mitchell (326-327.5) High Country Photos: Humpback Mountain Viaduct, http://www.highcountryphotos.com/blue-ridge-parkway/history/viaducts/humpback-mountain-viaduct-detail.jpg.html
2L 327.5-336.3 Little Switzerland, Little Switzerland Tunnel, Marion, Spruce Pine, McKinney Gap, Apple Orchard parking overlook, Gillespie Gap, Lynn Gap, Gooch Gap McDowell, Mitchell, McDowell
Little Switzerland Inn, http://www.switzerlandinn.com/

Little Switzerland, North Carolina, http://www.littleswitzerlandnc.com/
2M 336.3-347.5 Crabtree Meadows, Wildacres Tunnel, Deer Lick Gap parking overlook, Three Knobs parking overlook, Black Mountains parking overlook, Buck Creek Gap parking overlook, Woods Mountain Trail, Twin Tunnel, Singecat Ridge parking overlook McDowell (336.3-337), Mitchell (337-338.3), Yancey (338.3-339.2), McDowell (339.2-339.5), Yancey UNC Catalog: Map: United States National Park Service. “Blue Ridge Parkway : Crabtree Meadows campground.” Washington, D.C.: U.S. Dept. of the Interior, National Park Service, 2000, http://search.lib.unc.edu/search?R=UNCb5882889
2N 347.6-359.7 Old Fort, Mount Mitchell, Rough Ridge Tunnel, Big Laurel Gap, Curtis Valley parking overlook, Rough Ridge Tunnel, Green Knob parking overlook, Lost Cove Ridge Trail, Deep Gap, Deep Gap Trail, Big Pine Bear Stand, Cherry Log Ridge, Toe River Gap, Game Warden's Cabin, Bald Knob Ridge Trail, Black Mountain Gap Yancey (347.5-355.5), Buncombe
North Carolina Division of Parks and Recreation: Mount Mitchell, http://www.ncparks.gov/Visit/parks/momi/main.php

UNC Catalog: Mount Mitchell State Park: NC Division of Parks and Recreation, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, http://search.lib.unc.edu/search?R=UNCb4769193
2P 359.8-375.3 Weaverville, Craggy Gardens, Craggy Dome parking overlook, Craggy Pinnacle Tunnel, Black Mountains, Balsam Gap parking overlook, Big Butt Trail, Cotton Tree Gap, Glassmine Falls parking overlook, Bullhead Gap, Bee Tree Gap, Potato Field Gap, Lane Pinnacle parking overlook, Bull Creek Valley parking overlook, Tanbark Ridge Tunnel, Rattlesnake Lodge Trail, Bull Gap Yancey, Buncombe
UNC Catalog: Map: United States National Park Service. “Blue Ridge Parkway : Craggy Gardens trails.” Washington, D.C.: U.S. Dept. of the Interior, National Park Service, 2000. http://search.lib.unc.edu/search?R=UNCb5882890

Blue Ridge Parkway National Heritage Area: Craggy Gardens, http://www.blueridgeheritage.com/attractions-destinations/craggy-gardens

Hugh Morton Collection of Photographs and Film: Craggy Pinnacle Tunnel, http://dc.lib.unc.edu/cdm4/item_viewer.php?CISOROOT=/morton_highlights&CISOPTR=6555&CISOBOX=1&REC=4
Balsam Mountains area
Section Mile markers Landmarks/Cities Counties (mile markers) External resources
2Q 375.4-383.5 Asheville, Chimney Rock, Tanbark Ridge parking overlook, Craven Gap, The Folk Art Center, Swannanoa River Buncombe
City of Asheville, North Carolina, http://www.ashevillenc.gov

Southern Highland Craft Guild: The Folk Art Center, http://www.southernhighlandguild.org/

Chimney Rock State Park, http://www.chimneyrockpark.com/
2R 383.5-393.5 Asheville Buncombe City of Asheville, North Carolina, http://www.ashevillenc.gov/
2S 393.5-401.7 Asheville, Hendersonville, Biltmore House, Blue Ridge Parkway Headquarters, French Broad River Overlook, North Carolina Arboretum, Glenn Gap, Walnut Cove parking overlook, Reynolds Gap, Grassy Knob Tunnel, Sleepy Gap parking overlook, Chestnut Grove parking overlook, Pine Mountain Tunnel, Bad Fork Valley parking overlook, Bent Creek Gap, Ferrin Knob Tunnels, Wash Creek Valley parking overlook, Beaver Dam Gap parking overlook Buncombe
UNC Catalog: Hendersonville, North Carolina, http://search.lib.unc.edu/search?Ntt=hendersonville%2C+north+carolina&Ntk=Keyword&Nty=1&sugg=

Biltmore House, http://www.biltmore.com/

Blue Ridge Parkway Headquarters, http://www.blueridgeparkway.org/

The North Carolina Arboretum, http://www.ncarboretum.org/
2T 401.7-408.3 Stony Bald parking overlook, Mount Pisgah, Young Pisgah Ridge Tunnel, Big Ridge parking overlook, Fort Mountain Tunnel, Standhill Mountain parking overlook, Mills Valley parking overlook, Elk Pasture Gap (formerly Cutthroat Gap), Little Pisgah Tunnel, Buck Springs Tunnel, Mount Pisgah Trail Head, Buck Spring Gap Buncombe, Henderson, Transylvania, Haywood Wikipedia: Mount Pisgah, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Pisgah_%28North_Carolina%29
2U 408.4-417.9 Brevard, Frying Pan Mountain Trail, Frying Pan Tunnel, The Pink Beds parking overlook, Rich Mountain parking overlook, Cold Mountain parking overlook, Wagon Road Gap parking overlook, Pigeon Gap, Pounding Mill parking overlook, Bennett Gap, Bennett Cove, Tunnel Gap, The Cherry Cove Overlook, Log Hollow parking overlook, Bridges Camp Gap, Looking Glass Rock parking overlook, East Fork Trail, Seniard Gap, Yellowstone Falls Transylvania, Haywood
Brevard, North Carolina, http://www.cityofbrevard.com/

Wikipedia: Cold Mountain, North Carolina, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cold_Mountain_%28North_Carolina%29
2V 418-429.2 Brevard, Balsam Grove, Sunburst, East Fork parking overlook, Graveyard Fields parking overlook and loop trail, John Rock parking overlook, Balsam Spring Gap, Old Silver Mine, Andromeda parking overlook, Silvermine Bald, Devils Courthouse Tunnel, Devil's Courthouse, Mount Hardy parking overlook, Beech Gap, Courthouse Valley parking overlook, Tanassee Bald, Black Mountain Gap, Wolf Mountain parking overlook, Wolf Bald, Rough Butt Bald parking overlook, Buckeye Gap, Haywood Gap, Rough Butt Bald, Bear Pen Gap parking area, Access to Mountains-to-Sea Trail, Spot Gap parking overlook, Caney Fork parking overlook, Little Bear Pen Gap, Beartrap Gap parking overlook, Reinhart Gap Transylvania, Haywood
Brevard, North Carolina, http://www.cityofbrevard.com/

North Carolina Division of Parks and Recreation: Mountains-to-Sea Trail, http://www.ncparks.gov/About/trails_mst.php
2W 429.2-443.1 Hazelwood, Balsam, Waynesville, Reinhart Knob, Beartrail Ridge parking area, Cowee Mountain parking overlook, Haywood-Jackson parking overlook, Richland Balsam's parking overlook and self guiding trail, Lone Bald parking overlook, Locust Gap and parking overlook, Old Bald, Racking Horse Gap, Doubletop Mountain parking overlook, Licklog Gap parking overlook, Deep Gap, Brassy Ridge Mine parking overlook, Steestachee Bald parking overlook, Cove Ridge and parking overlook, Pinnacle Ridge Tunnel, Saunook parking overlook, Waynesville parking overlook, Standing Rock parking overlook, Rabb Knob parking overlook, Balsam Gap Haywood, Jackson
Waynesville, North Carolina, http://www.waynesville.com/

Balsam Mountain Inn, http://www.balsammountaininn.com/

Hiking Tips For You: Richard Balsam Overlook, http://www.hiking-tips-for-you.com/richland-balsam.html
2X 443.5-455.5 The Orchards parking overlook, Jones Knob parking overlook, Woodfin Valley parking overlook, Woodfin Cascades parking overlook, Wesner Bald parking overlook, Scott Creek parking overlook, Fork Ridge parking overlook, Yellow Face parking overlook, Waterrock Knob, Cranberry Ridge parking overlook, Wollyback parking overlook, Hombuckle Valley parking overlook, Thunderstruck Ridge parking overlook, Soco Gap and parking overlook Jackson Wikipedia: Waterrock Knob, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waterrock_Knob.
2Y 455.5-461.5 Jonathan Creek parking overlook, Docks Gap, Plott Balsam overlook, Wolf Laurel Gap, Lickstone Parking Tunnel and overlook, Bunches Bald Tunnel and overlook, Bunches Gap, Jenkins Ridge parking overlook, Big Witch Tunnel Haywood, Jackson Blue Ridge Parkway Guide by Virtual Blue Ridge: Bunches Bald Overlook, http://www.virtualblueridge.com/parkway_tour/overlooks/00460.asp.
2Z 461.5-469 Cherokee Indian Reservation, Maggie Valley, Big Witch Gap, Big Witch parking overlook, Barnett fire tower road, Thomas Divide parking overlook, Rattlesnake Mountain No.4 Tunnel, Sherill Cove No.6 Tunnel, Sherill Cove parking overlook, Balihoot Scar parking overlook, Raven Fork parking overlook, Oconaluftee parking overlook Cherokee, Swain
Cherokee, North Carolina, http://www.cherokee-nc.com/

UNC Catalog: Cherokee, North Carolina, http://search.lib.unc.edu/search?Ntt=cherokee%2C+north+carolina&Ntk=Subject&Nty=1&sugg=i

Hugh Morton Collection of Photographs and Film: Ghost in the Sky in Maggie Valley, http://dc.lib.unc.edu/cdm4/item_viewer.php?CISOROOT=/morton_highlights&CISOPTR=4347&CISOBOX=1&REC=6