12 Rare Photos Taken During The Blue Ridge Parkway Construction That Will Simply Astound You

North Carolina’s most famous highway took 54 years to build. Completed in 1987, the entire road eventually encompassed 469 miles from end to end, connecting the Great Smoky Mountains National Park with the Shenandoah National Park with one long, scenic journey. As children, most North Carolinians made at least some family journeys on the parkway, trips that left indelible impressions on our hearts and souls. We’ve compiled some amazing photos of the construction and very early years of the Blue Ridge Parkway below. Most of these images were probably taken long before those vacations, but the look back should bring forth a bit of nostalgia just the same. Enjoy!

Do you have a lot of fond memories of family vacations along the parkway? We’d love to hear them!

For more on the most famous bridge on the Blue Ridge Parkway, read on.