The Blue Ridge Parkway. This 469-mile ribbon of asphalt connects the Great Smoky Mountains National Park with Shenandoah National Park while sticking to the ridgelines. Every turn reveals something special—a split rail fence, an awe-inspiring vista, a stacked-stone bridge. Insider’s Tip: From the 360-degree four-state view from Waterrock Knob (milepost 451), you can see the Smokies, the Nantahalas, the Pisgahs, and the Cowee Mountains.
Mabry Mill remains a working mill and blacksmith shop, famous for its tasty buckwheat pancakes. Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 176.1 Enjoy Mabry Mill's famous buckwheat pancakes for less than $8. Breakfast is served all day in season -- Mabry Mill is open daily from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. May-October. Take a self-guided tour of the mill and blacksmith shop.