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Appalachia

Blue Ridge Parkway South Tour

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DurationDuration6-8+ hours
DirectionsAudio Points77
Tour stops Tour Stops 24
$9.99
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Appalachia

Blue Ridge Parkway South Tour

DurationDuration6-8+ hours
DirectionAudio Points77
tour Tour Stops 24
$9.99

About The Tour

Explore the southernmost, and highest section of the Blue Ridge Parkway on this stunning road trip through the Blue Ridge Mountains. Visit waterfalls, hike to the top of mountains for panoramic views, or just enjoy the scenery from the beautiful overlooks. This tour takes you to some of the best spots on the Blue Ridge Parkway and shares the stories and myths of its people.

Here are just a few of the fun things you can do on the tour!

• Ascend to Mt. Pisgah's summit for panoramic Blue Ridge vistas, where hikers are rewarded with awe-inspiring views of the surrounding landscapes.

• Wander through the picturesque meadows and waterfalls of Graveyard Fields, a unique landscape with a history as intriguing as its name.

• Marvel at the elegance of Looking Glass Falls, a stunning waterfall cascading into a pristine pool below.

• Experience the beauty of Black Balsam Knob's high-altitude meadows, where a moderate hike leads to breathtaking vistas of the surrounding peaks.

• Discover the twin cascades of Soco Falls, nestled in a lush forest setting, providing a tranquil and picturesque stop along the Parkway.

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO:

Recommended Start Time: 8:00 a.m.
Tour Starting Point(s): The southern terminus of the Blue Ridge Parkway in Cherokee, NC, and on the Blue Ridge Parkway near Asheville, just off US-25 near the Biltmore.
Time to complete: 6-8+ hours

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Sample Tour Audio

Rev Turn Right For North Carolina Arboretum
Soco Falls
Looking Glass Falls

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Customer Reviews

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Worth every penny. Skeptical but the entire car loved this guide. Do it.

Shaka Guide worked a treat for our trip down the Road to Hana. Made the day massively more enjoyable than it would have been had we tried to do it 'solo' - and we would have missed some gems too!

Definitely worth the $20. Gives great info about local spots, restrooms, history and music in between. Highly recommend.

What is the Southernmost portion of the Blue Ridge Parkway?

The southernmost portion of the Blue Ridge Parkway begins in located in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park near the North Carolina-Tennessee border.

Can I combine the Blue Ridge Parkway South tour with other tours?

Yes, you can combine the Blue Ridge Parkway South tour with other tours in the region to create a customized and comprehensive travel experience.

What is there to do on the Blue Ridge Parkway South?

On the Blue Ridge Parkway South, you can enjoy scenic drives, hiking, picnicking, wildlife viewing, and exploring cultural and historical sites such as the Blue Ridge Music Center and Mabry Mill.

Self guided audio tour

What is an Audio Tour Guide?

Think of us as your personal tour guide in an app. Our tours provide everything a guided tour does, but with the freedom to explore on your terms. Here’s how it works:

  • GPS triggers audio narration to play automatically as you drive or walk.
  • Listen to stories, get local insights, visit must-see stops and get turn-by-turn navigation.

Tour FAQs

This tour has 24 stops. Check out the itinerary here for a complete list of stops and if you’re looking for more information to help plan your trip, here’s what you need to know before you go!

  • Phone charger - very important 
  • Phone mount
  • Sneakers
  • Hiking clothes. Layer up.
  • Hiking shoes
  • Jacket
  • Hat/sunglasses
  • Lawn chairs, for soaking in that perfect view
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • Canteen/ refillable water bottle
  • Snacks
  • Credit card
  • Swimsuits for Sliding Rock

It’s free to drive the Blue Ridge Parkway. But, there are some attractions on the tour that require entrance and parking fees: 

  • The Cradle of Forestry in America is $6 adults, $3 children, and free for 3 and under. 
  • Sliding Rock is $5 per person. 
  • The North Carolina Arboretum does not have individual admission, but a $20 parking fee.



The parkway is open 24-hours. Many of the stops and visitor centers have varying hours of operation. For a list of visitor centers on the parkway and their respective opening and closing times, please visit the NPS website 

Here are a list of attractions on the tour and their hours of operation: 

  • The Cradle of Forestry in America is open daily 10am-5pm from spring to fall. 
  • Sliding Rock is open 10am-6pm on the days facilities are open, which is daily Memorial Day thru Labor Day, and on weekends in May and September. 
  • The North Carolina Arboretum is open daily from 8am-9pm from April to October, and 8am-7pm daily from November to March. 
  • The Waterrock Knob Visitor Center is open daily from 10am-5pm from mid-April to November.
  • The Pisgah Inn and Restaurant is open daily from April to October serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Yes! Feel free to join the tour along the route. Just make sure that you follow the numbers in chronological order from where you are starting from.  If you don’t begin at one of the tour starting points you’ll miss a few stories, but you’ll still have a great experience.

Yes, this tour can be done both south to north and north to south. The south to north route begins at the southern terminus of the Blue Ridge Parkway in Cherokee, NC, and the north to south route begins on the Blue Ridge Parkway near Asheville, just off US-25 near the Biltmore. 

Yes, you can combine this tour with the Blue Ridge Parkway Asheville Tour. If you take this route from South to North, you can pick up the Blue Ridge Parkway Asheville tour in Asheville, NC and take that tour from South to North too.

Still have questions? Send us an email at aloha@shakaguide.com or give us a call at (808) 201-8138.

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