Day 6 starts in the small mountain town of Blowing Rocks, NC where we stayed the night at the Mountainaire Inn. We headed out early in the morning and traveled to Grandfather Mountain.
Grandfather Mountain is near Linville, NC. At 5,946 feet, it is the highest peak on the eastern escarpment of the Blue Ridge Mountains. A steep drive up puts you at the top after many hair pin curves. This day, we were in the clouds and couldn't see much, but it was still a nice drive up the mountain.
We continued south on what was to be our last stretch of the Blue Ridge Parkway, ending near Cherokee, but we got off at Asheville instead. After some lunch we headed over to a nearby motorcycle shop where we bought some rain gear articles. The past 3 days we have been in down pours, and we're still getting somewhat wet, annoyingly so. Hopefully we are all set now. Need another down pour to find out!
From Asheville, we headed to Maggie Valley where we checked into the Jonathan Creek Inn, our stop for the night. We will pick up the final stretch of the Parkway on the next day, Day 7. This is also to be a rest day.
As mentioned above, our final destination for the day was Jonathan Creek Inn in Maggie Valley. We found the Inn to be a very nice place to stay. A beautiful creek runs directly behind the Inn where you can sit a relax.
Had to take a picture of the last mile marker on the Parkway, just outside of Cherokee.
Near mile marker 455 we stopped it the Waterock Knob Visitors Center. This spot had the best views on the Parkway.
We left the Prakway around mile marker 423, not quite making it to Asheville as we hoped. Sad to be leaving the Parkway for the last time (this trip). But this was supposed to be a rest day, so we're headed back to Maggie Valley via route 215.