Day 6&7 – Last Days on the Blue Ridge Parkway

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.

 

Our lodging while in Blowing Rock. This was a very nice Inn (motel). Great room, and we got to meet and talk with some folks at night around the fire pit. Most were from Florida. Seems Blowing Rock is a popular place with Floridians who are trying to escape the hot Florida summer heat. Blocking Rock elevation is at 3,566 ft.
 
After visiting Grandfather Mountain, we headed south on the Parkway. Here we stopped for a short break.

 

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.

 
It was so relaxing after a day's ride… we had to take a selfie.
 
Day 7 – A rest day. We took our time getting up in the morning. Had a good breakfast, then decided that we could finish the last bit of the Blue Ridge Parkway that we did not complete the day before. We headed down to Cherokee. This town is in a deep valley wedged between a couple of mountains. As you can see below, street signs we in English and Cherokee!

 

Had to take a picture of the last mile marker on the Parkway, just outside of Cherokee.

 
We decided to jump on at the end of the Parkway and head back north towards Asheville, where we got off the day before. It was a clear day and we were able to get some of our best photos. The views running the ridge we breath taking.

 

Near mile marker 455 we stopped it the Waterock Knob Visitors Center. This spot had the best views on the Parkway.

One of the many tunnels that we went through on this day.
 
Another view from the top.
 
 
 
Check this video out, some of the twisty's.
 
 
 
A panorama view.
 
 
 
We peaked out at 6,053 ft., the highest point on the Blue Ridge 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.

 

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