The Best Section of the Blue Ridge Parkway

Soco Gap ( Milepost 455.7) to Wagon Road Gap (Milepost 412.2) 

Haywood County’s crowning jewel is the BEST section of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Arcing along the peaks on our southern border, this is the highest and most scenic portion of the 469 mile long ride.

Enjoy views from the highest point, see the Devil’s Courthouse, Looking Glass Rock, Graveyard Fields, and more.

Distance: 78 miles to make the loop

Ride Time: 3 hours or more 

START: Maggie Valley

  • Follow US 19 - Soco Road west and climb to the Blue Ridge Parkway

7.4 Miles

  • Get on the Blue Ridge Parkway at Soco Gap. Follow the Blue Ridge Parkway towards Asheville for 43.3 miles.

51.2 Miles

  • Exit the Blue Ridge Parkway at US 276 - Wagon Road Gap. Follow US 276 for 20.7 miles to Waynesville

72 Miles

  • Pass through Waynesville on US 276 to US 19.

74.5 Miles

  •  Turn west on US 19 - Dellwood Road and follow to Maggie Valley

78 Miles

END: Maggie Valley

START: Maggie Valley

Ride: Maggie Valley to the Blue Ridge Parkway

Ride: Soco Gap to Balsam Gap

Ride: Balsam Gap to Beech Gap

RIde: Beech Gap to Wagon Road Gap

Ride: Blue Ridge Parkway to Maggie Valley

END: Maggie Valley

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Best of the Blue Ridge Parkway

Best of the Blue Ridge Parkway

This 43 mile section is the best of the 491 mile long ride. It's the highest, the most scenic and has more overlooks to enjoy it.


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    1110 Soco Road
    Maggie Valley, NC 28751

    (800) 334-9036 

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