|One of many overlooks on the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina|
|Chestoa View Trail off the Blue Ridge Parkway in NC (0.6 miles)|
The Chestoa View overlook is different from a lot of Blue Ridge Parkway overlooks where you typically pull off to the side of the Parkway to take in the expansive mountain views -- this one is more secluded and you can't see it from the road. Views are still spectacular, though!
|Chestoa View overlook in the summertime|
|Chestoa View Trail|
|View of Table Rock from the Chestoa View Trail|
Oh, and the Chestoa View hiking trail is pet friendly and with all the sniff-worthy foliage and a well maintained pathway, the innpugs give this trail two paws up. (Keep in mind that your dog should be leashed at all times on any of the Blue Ridge Parkway hiking trails.)
|The Chestoa View Trail is innpug-approved|
- Take Highway 70 east through Old Fort then take scenic Highway 80 north for 12 miles to the Blue Ridge Parkway. Turn north on the Parkway and travel about 22 miles. You'll see some beautiful overlooks along the way.
- Take Highway 70 east, go past Highway 80, and then turn left (north) onto scenic Highway 221 in Marion. Take Hwy 221 about 20 miles to the Blue Ridge Parkway. Along the way, you'll pass a winery, a fantastic local cheese shop, a golf course, and even caverns. Turn off of Hwy 221 and head south on the Blue Ridge Parkway and travel about four miles.
- A third option is to take Highway 70 east and turn left onto Curtis Creek Road (before you get to Highway 80) and travel 12 miles up to the Blue Ridge Parkway, where you'll turn north. You'll be driving along Curtis Creek through the Curtis Creek Recreation Area, which was the first section of land purchased under the Weeks Act of 1912, establishing National Forests. IMPORTANT: Curtis Creek is unpaved for about nine miles to the Parkway and we recommend it only if you have 4-wheel drive. It can get bumpy!