Starting at Parkway Mile Marker (MM) 267
and driving to Parkway Mile Marker 291
MM-267 - Mount Jefferson Overlook
You will see this overlook if you take the 194 Scenic Drive on the
Featured Drives Page Listed under Boone.
Overlooking Mt. Jefferson State Park, which encompasses 474 acres
and offers picnicking and hiking, you might be able to see
Grandfather mountain from the peak of this 4,515 ft. peak.
You won't be the first, as members of the underground railroad used
this as a stop along the track to freedom.
MM-272 - Jeffress Park
Hiking and picnicking abound at this
park, but my favorite part are the historic structures on the
premises The Jesse Brown Cabin and the Cool Spring Baptist Church
date to the mid 1800s and are fully accessible to the public.
MM 270 -292
From the intersection of the Parkway and 421
driving to Blowing Rock, Choose Blowing Rock on the
Featured Drives page
Coming from Hwy 421 to Blowing Rock
there are multiple views of the North Eastern Side of the Blue Ridge
Plateau which Blowing Rock is built on. This plateau defines the
Blue Ridge crest, forming the drainage divide between the Atlantic
and the Gulf of Mexico. On this side the Yadkin begins to descend
into the piedmont area of NC
As the Parkway nears the Deep Gap exit,
there is a spectacular rolling valley prone to rainbows such as this
one photographed by David Cottrell
After passing over Aho Gap (Indian name) and the Eastern Continental
divide, you will reach an overlook on the right. this overlook is
wonderful because it is the only one featured here that faces west
towards Boone NC. You can hear the whistle of Tweetsie Railroad or
see the top of Flattop Mountain. Flattop Mountain will be front left
in your view and is located behind Blowing Rock.
It is home to springs which drain off the lush mountain following
the Parkway north, to become the New River, from here they flow into
West Virginia, meet the Kanawa River, the Ohio river, and finally
the Mississippi River which flows into the Gulf of Mexico.
Blue Ridge Plateau-
After Aho Gap there are a
number of easterly overlooks before you arrive in Blowing Rock. All
of these provide a wonderful view of the Blue Ridge Plateau as you
near Blowing Rock.
MM 291 Exit to Blowing Rock
Parkway crosses highway 321, exit to
Blowing Rock, or proceed to Banner Elk
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