Whether you are road tripping the entire parkway or just taking a day trip from Boone (or the High-Country region), you’d be remiss if you did not dedicate the entire day to exploring Grandfather Mountain and Linville Falls! 

Drive the Blue Ridge Parkway

The Blue Ridge Parkway, known as “America’s favorite drive,” is a spectacular road trip winding through the North Carolina mountains and Virginia.  

Hike the Rough Ridge Trail

The Rough Ridge Trail is an easy 1.5-mile return hike with an elevation gain of 480 ft. It takes you to the most spectacular views of Grandfather Mountain, the parkway, and the Pisgah National Forest ridges below. 

Marvel at the Linn Cove Viaduct

The Linn Cove Viaduct, between Rough Ridge and Grandfather Mountain, is an iconic stop on the Blue Ridge Parkway. This bridge-like structure jutting out of the side of the mountain is an engineering marvel

Explore Grandfather Mountain

Grandfather Mountain is one of the highest peaks in the Blue Ridge Mountain ranges. It’s an iconic thing to do in North Carolina. 

Hike Linville Fall

Now, let’s follow the Linville River from its beginning point high on Grandfather Mountain as it flows two thousand feet down to form a two-tiered cascading falls at Linville Falls, before dropping 90 feet into the beautiful, forested Linville Gorge, before ending at Lake James and the Catawba River.