Only a segment of the parkway passes through our area. Here, the Blue Ridge Parkway and its boundaries traverse through most of the major communities including Blowing Rock, Boone, Banner Elk, West Jefferson and Sparta. However, the parkway as a whole is much, much longer. In fact, altogether the parkway spans 469 miles of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia and northwestern North Carolina. It begins in the south just outside of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Qualla/Cherokee Indian Reservation and ends in Virginia near the Shenandoah National Park and another scenic byway, Skyline Drive. The lands that fall within the boundary of the parkway on either side of the roadway are managed and kept by the National Park Service. Much of the protected lands that the parkway follows through are also part of the United States Forest Service.
There is no fee for using any part of The Blue Ridge Parkway or traveling on the road. Beautiful year round and great for all types of outdoor recreation, The Blue Ridge Parkway is a spectacular “extra” of living or owning real estate in Ashe, Watauga or Alleghany County. The Blue Ridge Parkway is not maintained during the winter and in some places may be closed due to icy road conditions. This is especially true for parts of the parkway that border the properties that I list and sell. At all times and in all places, the speed limit on the Blue Ridge Parkway is 45 mph – perfect for seeing all of the beauty in the mountains.
Blue Ridge Parkway Access Points
Where exactly can you access The Blue Ridge Parkway in Ashe, Watauga and Alleghany County? There are numerous side roads and access points throughout the counties. The Blue Ridge Parkway NC uses short connectors and highways to connect into the scenic byway. There are no direct exits or interchanges off of the main highways onto the Blue Ridge Parkway. However, you will see signage signaling the upcoming connector roads by which you can access the parkway. There are several access points near the cabins in my listings. You can access the Blue Ridge Parkway in Alleghany County, Ashe County and Watauga County from various locations. In Alleghany County you can pick up the parkway via NC Hwy 89, which runs near the Virginia state line in Roaring Gap at milepost 230 where NC Hwy 21 meets the parkway and via NC Hwy 18 near milepost 240 at Brinegar Cabin, Bluff Mountain Overlook and Doughton Park. In Ashe County, the parkway meets NC Hwy 16 and NC Hwy 163 passing through Glendale Springs and just near Mount Jefferson State Park. Most in the High Country are familiar with the access points in Watauga County just outside of Boone near Blowing Rock and in Deep Gap. In Deep Gap, closest to the Ashe County line, you can access the parkway, most times of the year, via Old Hwy 421, or by taking some secondary roads to the Little Laurel Rd Boone Blue Ridge Parkway access area. In Blowing Rock, you can get to the parkway via Hwy 321 and Hwy 221 as well as a few secondary roads.
The real estate and other properties in my listings are very close to most areas on the Blue Ridge Parkway. If you are looking for homes and log cabins or just tracts of land where you can build your dream mountain home, I can help with all of your mountain real estate needs. Start your search today and browse my listings of North Carolina Mountain Property near the Blue Ridge Parkway. The Blue Ridge Parkway is a wonderful scenic highway that provides endless opportunities in the outdoors to those who visit.