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Explore Linville Falls from the Parkway

Estimated Driving Time - 1 hour and 15 Minutes

We encourage you to explore the scenic beauty and interesting small towns that are adjacent to the Parkway using these suggested  itineraries.

Visitors traveling south on the Blue Ridge Parkway and approaching the Linville Falls area may consider this chance to see the natural wonder of the Blue Ridge up close and personal. Before getting off the Parkway stop by the Linville Falls Visitor Center at milepost 316. At 90 feet tall Linville Falls is one of the most impressive waterfalls in Western North Carolina. Several hiking trails in the area offer visitors a chance to see the falls from several viewpoints as well as an opportunity to experience the surrounding area. Stop for a visit the small mountain resort town of Linville.

After seeing the falls, take the exit at Milepost 317/Highway 221 South. Head down the mountain through the winding and beautiful mountain scenery approximately four miles to another natural adventure, the Linville Caverns. Explore the caverns and learn about the wonders inside of a mountain. After the caverns, continue down 221 towards Marion to find a gorgeous, public golf course at Linville Golf Club. And don’t forget to visit the local cheese makers at English Farmstead Cheese before driving further south to pick up I-40 West towards Asheville, NC and back on the Parkway at exit 55.

When traveling north, take I-40 East towards Marion. Take exit 85 for Highway 221 North and continue up towards Linville.

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The Regions of the Blue Ridge

In planning the best use of your NC mountains vacation days, know that the region can be divided into three sub-regions for ease of exploration:

Far West

  • Cherokee
  • The Nantahala Gorge
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park


  • Asheville
  • Hendersonville
  • Chimney Rock State Park
  • The waterfalls of Transylvania County
  • Many more highlights

High Country

  • Grandfather Mountain
  • Linville Falls
  • Boone
  • Blowing Rock
  • High northern mountains


  • Mt. Airy
  • Lenoir
  • Elkin