14 Stunning Blue Ridge Parkway Overlooks You Need to Visit

You want to explore the beautiful scenery of Western North Carolina, but maybe you don’t want to go on a hike. You’re in luck! The Blue Ridge Parkway winds its way through the Blue Ridge Mountains, overlooking stunning views that peek out from between the trees. And the best part is, you can enjoy it from the comfort of your vehicle, stopping at scenic points from time to time to snap a picture or simply enjoy the panorama. Here are some of the top Blue Ridge Parkway overlooks you don’t want to miss!

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14 of Our Favorite Blue Ridge Parkway Overlooks

Travel photographer equipment with beautiful landscapeWhether it’s a chilly, brisk day out or the weather is absolutely beautiful, the Blue Ridge Parkway is a wonderful way to experience the breathtaking natural beauty of the Asheville area. If you’ve never had a chance to drive along the parkway, you should make time in your vacation to do so. It’s one of the top local attractions, and once you’re driving along it, you’ll see why.

Many sections of the parkway look out over vistas so striking that there are overlooks designed to allow you to park and enjoy the sights for a while. Some of the scenic overlooks of the Blue Ridge Parkway have picnic tables that invite you to enjoy a lunch or simply relax as you take in the views. And don’t forget to take a picture to capture the memory! Here are some of our favorites (if you’re starting in Waynesville and heading towards Asheville, you’ll pass these in order). 

  • Thomas Divide Overlook
  • Standing Rock Overlook
  • Waynesville Overlook
  • Roy Taylor Forest Overlook
  • Lone Bald Overlook
  • Haywood-Jackson Overlook
  • The Cradle of Forestry Overlook
  • Funnel Top Overlook
  • Mills River Valley Overlook
  • Blue Ridge Overlook
  • Bad Fork Valley Overlook
  • Walnut Cove Overlook
  • Haw Creek Valley Overlook
  • Tanbark Ridge Overlook

For a full list of overlooks, check out Virtual Blue Ridge’s website. 

After you’ve spent some time enjoying the scenery of the Blue Ridge Mountains from the Blue Ridge Parkway and its overlooks, stop in Asheville for a little while. It’s easy to see how this city tucked away in the mountains has charmed so many with its quirky, unique culture. The food is excellent and inventive here, so if you didn’t have a picnic along the parkway, you’ll easily be able to find something to satiate your appetite. 

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tables in roomOak Hill on Love Lane is a short drive from the Blue Ridge Parkway as well as many other area attractions, making us your perfect home base for exploring. While we are conveniently located, we are far enough from the traffic that you’ll be able to fully enjoy the peace of your mountainous retreat. Be sure to take a look at all of our beautiful accommodations before you reserve your stay! 

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