The Blue Ridge Parkway is one of the most visited tourist attractions in North Carolina and Virginia. But did you also know that there’s awesome fishing along the parkway?
When most people visit the Parkway, they just drive, usually checking out the scenery. But there are great towns along the route. There are plenty of places to turn off and look at the Appalachian Mountains. But there are also some wonderful towns along the way. Here’s where to stop for the best fishing along the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Before you go…
The Blue Ridge Parkway is almost 500 miles long. In other words, you won’t have time to drive the whole thing and fish all in one day. You might want to think about making the Parkway a week-long trip. Or, you could pick a few spots on this list and make a weekend of it.
The locations on this list are ordered from north to south. All, of course, are within a day’s drive of one another. Before you go, either download a parkway map from the official website or pick one up at one of the local shops in the area. There’s also a mobile app you can download to guide you on your trip.
In many of these places, either a valid North Carolina or Virginia permit is acceptable for fishing. Be sure to check before you go.
The Blue Ridge Parkway
The Blue Ridge Parkway is a great route to the best fishing in the Appalachians. But it’s also not without its risks. Realize that the Parkway is a very windy road. While the route doesn’t have too many sharp turns, it’s critical to keep your eyes on the road. There are many cyclists and motorcycles on the Parkway, so be alert. You’ll also see deer and other animals on the road.
There is a very high chance that you’ll encounter fog along the Parkway. The fog is very heavy at times, and you may have very limited visibility. Rain can cause mudslides, and ice is extremely dangerous on the parkway. It would be practical to leave your headlights on for your whole trip, as you’ll pass through a few tunnels.
Along the Parkway, there are plenty of places to pull off the road and get a few pictures. Parking is always allowed unless you see a sign telling you differently. Overall, though, the Parkway is a very safe drive and well-maintained. Stay alert, use common sense, and enjoy!
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