The awesome Blue Ridge Parkway. Unwind that ribbon of highway.
The Blue Ridge Parkway and Great Smoky Mountains National Park are two of the most visited attractions in the National Park Service and happen to be immediately accessible from Cherokee. So while you’re here, be sure to take a ride on this glorious route. But hang on; this is a rollercoaster ride of magnificent views. The sensation of turning a corner to see a vast panorama of mountain peaks, valleys, and endless sky spreading before you is enough to cause even a city slicker’s heart to miss a beat.
What to do on your Cherokee, NC vacation.
Enjoy hiking trails, breathtaking overlooks, and charming picnic spots as you learn about the geology along with the abundant plant and animal life of the area. In early spring, watch the redbuds begin to blush with eagerness in their anticipation of the lush green outburst of the summer months. Anytime is beautiful on the Parkway, yet the most spectacular may be the fall, when the calico quilts of trees dip and fold in a shockingly vibrant parade of natural beauty.
Beginning on the edge of Shenandoah National Park in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, the Blue Ridge Parkway travels 469 miles southwest along the high ridges of the Blue Ridge Mountains, ending at the southern gateway to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, right near Cherokee.