Parkway Guide Print

Prepared by Ken Johnson, Canton and Blue Ridge Paper Fire Depts.   

Major Highway intersections mileposts in red font and underlined.

393.5

French Broad River, elev. 2000'.

393.6

N.C. 191 & 280, right 9 mi. to Asheville. Nearby; North Carolina Arboretum. Gardens and Trails. 828-665-2492. Go North on 191 about 1/4 mile. Follow signs.

393.8

French Broad parking overlook, elev. 2100. S.

395.1

Glenn Gap, elev. 2495

396.4

Walnut Cove parking overlook, elev. 2915

396.8

Reynolds Gap, elev. 2865

397.1

Grassy Knob Tunnel, 600ft. long

397.3

Sleepy Gap parking overlook, elev. 3920

398.3

Chestnut Grove parking overlook, elev. 3035. E.

399.3

Pine Mountain Tunnel,1320 ft. long

399.7

Bad Fork Valley parking overlook, elev. 3350

400.3

Bent Creek Gap, elev. 3270. U.S.F.S. road (gated)

400.9

Ferrin Knob Tunnel No.1, Trace Ridge, 360 ft. long

401.1

Wash Creek Valley parking overlook

401.3

Ferrin Knob Tunnel No.2, 310 ft. long

401.5

Ferrin Knob Tunnel No.3, 230 ft. long

401.7

Beaver Dam Gap parking overlook, elev. 3570

402.6

Stony Bald parking overlook, elev. 3750

403.0

Young Pisgah Ridge Tunnel, 400 ft. long

403.6

Big Ridge parking overlook, elev. 3815

403.9

Fort Mountain Tunnel, 350 ft. long

404.2

Standhill Mountain parking overlook, elev. 3975

404.5

Mills Valley parking overlook, elev. 4085

405.5

Elk Pasture Gap (formerly Cutthroat Gap), elev. 4235

405.5 NC 151 From Candler

406.9

Little Pisgah Tunnel, 500 ft. long

407.4

Buck Springs Tunnel, 380 ft. long

407.6

hiking

Mount Pisgah parking area. Mt. Pisgah Trail and Buck Springs Trail. Mount Pisgah was part of the Biltmore Estate. The estate became home of the first U.S. forestry school and the nucleus of the Pisgah National Forest. For much more in-depth information on things to see and do in this area of the Pisgah National Forest, also visit our Pisgah Forest section.

407.7

Buck Springs Gap parking overlook, elev. 4980

407.8

picnic

Mount Pisgah Picnic Area, 50 sites

408.4

Flat Laurel Gap, elev. 4925'.

408.6

lodging food gas

Mount Pisgah Inn, 29 units, restaurant, service station. Good food and views. PO Drawer 749, Waynesville, NC 28786. 828-235-8228.

408.8

camping RV's dump station hiking

Mount Pisgah Campground,73 tent sites, 75 trailer sites. Frying Pan Mountain Trail.

409.3

Tunnel Top parking overlook, elev. 4925

409.6

Frying Pan Gap, elev. 4931.

 


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Map - Mile 410 to End/Great Smoky Mtn. National Park

Mile Post

 

410.1

Frying Pan Tunnel, 275 ft. long

410.3

The Pink Beds parking overlook, elev. 4825

411.0

Rich Mountain parking overlook, elev. 4710

411.85

Cold Mountain parking overlook, elev. 4542

411.9

U.S. 276, right 22 mi. to Waynesville; left 17 mi. to Brevard. Nearby: towards Brevard to Cradle of Forestry, Sliding Rock, Looking Glass Rock, Looking Glass Falls and Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education.

412.2

Wagon Road Gap parking overlook, elev. 4550

412.5

Pigeon Gap, elev. 4520

413.2

Pounding Mill parking overlook, elev. 4700

414.2

Bennett Gap, elev. 4402

414.9

Bennett Cove, elev. 4525

415.6

Tunnel Gap, elev. 4325

415.7

Cherry Cove parking overlook, elev. 4330. E.

416.3

Log Hollow parking overlook, elev. 4445

416.8

Bridges Camp Gap, elev. 4450

417.05

hiking

Looking Glass Rock parking overlook, elev. 4493. S. East Fork Trail.

417.8

Seniard Gap, elev. 4775

417.9

Yellowstone Falls

418.3

East Fork parking overlook, elev. 4955

418.8

hiking

Graveyard Fields parking overlook, elev. 5115. S. Graveyard Fields Loop Trail.

419.4

John Rock parking overlook, elev. 5330

420.2

Balsam Spring Gap, elev. 5550. U.S.F.S. road (gated) right. Access to Black Balsam area of Pisgah NF and Shining Rock Wilderness.

421.1

Old Silver Mine

421.7

Andromeda parking overlook

422.1

Devils Courthouse Tunnel, 650 ft. long

422.4

hiking

Devil's Courthouse parking overlook, elev. 5462. Trail. S. Devil's Courthouse is a rugged exposed mountain top rich in Cherokee legends. A walk to the bare rock summit yields a spectacular view of Pisgah National Forest.

422.8

Mount Hardy parking overlook, elev. 5415

423.2

Beech Gap, elev. 5340. Right 23 mi. to Waynesville; left 17 mi. to Rosman.  NC Hwy 215.

423.5

Courthouse Valley parking overlook, elev. 5362

423.7

Tanassee Bald

424.0

Herrin Knob parking widening, elev. 5510

424.2

Black Mountain Gap, elev. 5490

424.4

Herrin Knob parking widening, elev. 5510

424.8

Wolf Mountain parking overlook, elev. 5500

425.3

Wolf Bald

425.4

Rough Butt Bald parking overlook, elev. 5300

425.5

Buckeye Gap, elev. 5377

426.5

Haywood Gap

427.1

Rough Butt Bald

 

 

427.6

 

hikingBear Pen Gap parking area, elev. 5560. Bear Pen Gap Trail gives access to Mountains To The Sea Trail.

427.8

Spot Gap parking overlook, elev. 5610

428.0

Caney Fork parking overlook, elev. 5650

428.3

Little Bear Pen Gap, elev. 5600

428.5

Beartrap Gap parking overlook, elev. 5580. E.

429.1

Reinhart Gap, elev. 5455

430.0

Reinhart Knob

430.4

Beartrail Ridge parking area, elev. 5865

430.7

Cowee Mountain parking overlook, elev. 5960

431.0

hiking

Haywood-Jackson parking overlook, elev. 6020. Selfguiding trail. Richland Balsam's self-guiding trail takes you through a remnant spruce-fir forest.

431.4

Richland Balsam parking overlook, highest point on Parkway, elev. 6050

432.7

Lone Bald parking overlook, elev. 5635. Enter Waynesville watershed

433.0

Lone Bald

433.3

Locust Gap parking overlook, elev. 5580

433.4

Locust Gap, elev. 5575

434.2

Old Bald

434.8

Racking Horse Gap, elev. 5400

435.3

Doubletop Mountain parking overlook, elev. 5365

435.7

Licklog Gap parking overlook, elev. 5135

436.7

Deep Gap, elev. 5260

438.8

Brassy Ridge Mine parking overlook, elev. 5250

439.0

Steestachee Bald parking overlook, elev. 4780

439.1

Cove Ridge

439.2

Leave Waynesville watershed

439.4

Cove Field Ridge parking overlook, elev. 4620

439.7

Pinnacle Ridge Tunnel, 750 ft. long

440.1

Saunook parking overlook, elev. 4375

440.9

Waynesville parking overlook, elev. 4110

441.4

Standing Rock parking overlook, elev. 3915

441.9

Rabb Knob parking overlook, elev. 3725. S.

442.2

Balsam Gap parking overlook, elev. 3630

443.1

Balsam Gap, elev. 3370. U.S.23 & 74, left 8 mi.to Waynesville; right 12 mi. to Sylva

444.6

The Orchards parking overlook, elev. 3810

445.2

Jones Knob parking overlook, elev. 4000

446.0

Woodfin Valley parking overlook, elev. 4325

446.7

Woodfin Cascades parking overlook, elev. 4535

448.1

Wesner Bald parking overlook, elev. 4912

448.5

Scott Creek parking overlook, elev. 5050

449.0

Fork Ridge parking overlook, elev. 5280

450.0

Yellow Face parking overlook, elev. 5610

451.2

Visitor center restrooms hiking

Waterrock Knob parking overlook, elev. 5718. E. Waterrock Knob provides a panorama of the Great Smokies and 4 states. A trail, exhibits, and a comfort station are available.

452.1

Cranberry Ridge parking overlook, elev. 5475

452.3

Wollyback parking overlook, elev. 5420

453.4

Hombuckle Valley parking overlook, elev. 5105

454.4

Thunderstruck Ridge parking overlook, elev. 4780

455.1

Soco Gap parking overlook, elev. 4570

455.4

Overlook

455.7

Soco Gap, elev. 4340. U.S.19, right 8 mi. to Dellwood; left 12 mi. to Cherokee

456.2

Jonathan Creek parking overlook, elev. 4460'.

457.6

Docks Gap, elev. 4930'.

457.8

Plott Balsam overlook, elev.5020'. S. Named for the German immigrant who settled here in the early 19th century.

457.9

Cherokee Reservation Road; no access

458.2

Wolf Laurel Gap, elev.5100. S. Heintooga Ridge spur road goes to a mile-high overlook 1.3 miles from the parkway.

458.8

Lickstone Ridge Tunnel, 402 ft. long

458.9

Lickstone parking overlook, elev. 5150

459.3

Bunches Bald Tunnel. 268ft. long

459.5

Bunches Bald parking overlook, elev. 4925. S.

459.7

Bunches Gap, elev. 4850

460.8

Jenkins Ridge parking overlook, elev. 4445

461.2

Big Witch Tunnel, 348 ft. long

461.6

Big Witch Gap, elev. 4160'. Bunches Creek Road to right, Cherokee Road (Wrights Creek) left

461.9

Big Witch parking overlook, elev. 4150'. E. The overlook views the home of the last important Cherokee medicine man, Big Witch, who was an 'eagle killer'. The eagle killers were responsible for gathering eagle feathers for use in ceremonies.

462.35

Barnett fire tower road

463.9

Thomas Divide parking overlook, elev. 3735

465.6

Rattlesnake Mountain No.4 Tunnel, 410 ft. long

466.25

Sherill Cove No.6 Tunnel,572 ft. long

466.7

Sherill Cove parking overlook, elev. 2970

467.4

Balihoot Scar parking overlook, elev. 2550

467.9

Raven Fork parking overlook, elev. 2400

468.4

Oconaluftee parking overlook, elev. 2200

469.1

End of Blue Ridge Parkway. U.S. 441, right 29 mi. to Gatlinburg, Tenn.; left 2 mi.to Cherokee, N.C. Southern End of the Blue Ridge Parkway intersects with U.S. 441 in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Cherokee Reservation.

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HEINTOGA SPUR

Mile Post

 

0.0

Begin at Mile 458.2, Blue Ridge Parkway, Wolf Laurel Gap, elev. 5110

0.1

Cherokee Reservation service road

0.5

Plott Ridge

0.9

Mollie Gap, elev. 5352. Cherokee Road (left) to Soco Bald

1.3

Mile High parking overlook, elev. 5250. S.

1.4

Maggie Valley parking overlook, elev. 5220

2.3

Lake Junaluska parking overlook, elev. 4905

3.3

Horsetrough Ridge parking widening

3.4

Horsetrough Ridge parking widening

3.6

Black Camp Gap parking area

3.65

Boundary, Great Smoky Mountains National Park

3.9

Parking overlook

6.2

Parking overlook

8.4

Balsam Mountain campground, elev. 5340. 47 sites, campfire circle

8.9

Heintooga Ridge picnic area, 37 sites

9.0

Parking area; end of paved road.
Fire road (one-way traffic in summer) continues to Round Bottom, Great Smoky Mountains National Park