19 Scenic Tunnels Of North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Parkway Waiting To Be Explored

Move over Route 66. There’s another iconic American highway located right in our own backyard here in North Carolina, and it’s full of awe-inspiring sights and attractions just waiting to be explored. From scenic overlooks to mountain hikes leading to views that stretch tens and sometimes hundreds of miles, the Blue Ridge Parkway is a never-ending resource of recreational wonders. The entire parkway spans 469 miles and has 26 tunnels – 25 of those tunnels are located in North Carolina! While we don’t suggest you explore each one on foot (that could be risky!), we do think each one is spectacular in its own right and definitely worthy of a road trip to see them all! Check out 19 of them below.

We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now: https://www.onlyinyourstate.com/nominate/

Have you explored the great tunnels of the Blue Ridge Parkway? We’d love to see your photos!

North Carolina’s most famous bridge is located on the parkway… learn more about it here.