North Carolina
The Blue Ridge Parkway: The Way More Beautiful
The 465-mile-long Blue Ridge Parkway is an Appalachian gem. Explore it in North Carolina with local experts, who introduce you to its natural beauty, history and construction.
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Program No. 21623RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

To drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway is to experience one of the true gems of the Appalachian Mountain range — this 465 mile road winds through hills and valleys, leading from Shenandoah National Park in Virginia to the Great Smoky National Park in North Carolina. Explore the North Carolina portion of this national treasure as local experts introduce you to the wildlife and diverse natural beauty of the region during stops at overlooks, picnic areas and trails. Then, delve into the history and construction of this impressive project that began as part of the New Deal as you take in several historical and cultural exhibits along the way.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Considerable walking of up to a mile on most field trips during this program. Outside areas are mountainous, with inclines and uneven terrain.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Journey to the summit of Mount Pisgah for breathtaking panoramic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
  • Take in the beauty and splendor of the Blue Ridge Mountains during a visit to the Linn Cove Viaduct and Mt. Mitchell.
  • Enjoy a look at the local culture during field trips to the Folk Art Center and Visitor’s Center near Asheville.

General Notes

Opportunities are available for traveling companions to attend a different program at Montreat during the same week.
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Linda Hobson
Linda Hobson is a happy teacher who recently retired from the North Carolina pubic schools with over 30 years of teaching experience. She lives in Black Mountain with husband, Sam, and Mollie Bea, a chocolate cocker spaniel. Linda is a graduate of Catawba College in N.C., and earned a M.A. from Presbyterian School of Christian Education, Richmond, Va. She also completed additional studies in early childhood education at The University of Rio Grande, in Rio Grande, Ohio. Linda’s passions include working with young children and their families, ACC Basketball, and spending time with her grand twins Andrew and Lauren. She looks forward to becoming a better gardener and bread maker in retirement, as well as being a lifelong learner.
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