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 MP 412 to 423...

The Blue Ridge Parkway starts in Virginia and runs along the crest of the Appalachian Mountains to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park at the North Carolina/Tennessee border—a glorious 469.1 mile "Appalachian Trail for cars".

This segment of the tour begins at MP 412 (SR 276 to Brevard or Waynesville) and continues to MP 423 (SR 215 to Rosman or Waynesville). It shows the overlooks, tunnels and major signs, and some of the many plants, mostly in the sequence you would see them heading west.

Each picture shows the location, the side of the road (N or S) and for many, the elevation. Click a picture to enlarge it (and for the date it was taken, to see when the plants were in bloom*). Click your browser 'back' button to pick up where you left off in the small pictures.
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* Click bloom times for a more complete list of plants and their locations along the parkway, arranged by bloom time.
Wagon Road Gap
MP 412.2 S, 4550

Wagon Road Gap
MP 412.2 S, 4550

Monarda clinopodia
MP 412.2 S, 4550'

Monarda clinopodia
MP 412.2 S, 4550'

Lilium superbum (Turk's Cap Lily)
MP 412.2 S, 4550'

Lilium superbum (Turk's Cap Lily)
MP 412.2 S, 4550'

Lilium superbum (Turk's Cap Lily)
MP 412.2 S, 4550'

Lilium superbum (Turk's Cap Lily)
MP 412.2 S, 4550'

Pigeon Gap
MP 412.4 N, 4520'

Pigeon Gap
MP 412.4 N, 4520'

R. vaseyi
MP 413 N

R. vaseyi
MP 413 N

R. vaseyi
MP 413 N

R. vaseyi
MP 413 N

Pounding Mill
MP 413.2 S, 4700'

Pounding Mill
MP 413.2 S, 4700'

Pounding Mill
MP 413.2 S, 4700'

Pounding Mill
MP 413.2 S, 4700'

Kalmia latifolia (Mountain Laurel)
MP 413.2 N, 4700'

Kalmia latifolia (Mountain Laurel)
MP 413.2 N, 4700'

Lichen
MP 413.2 N, 4700'

Lichen
MP 413.2 N, 4700'

?
MP 413.2 N, 4700'

?
MP 413.2 N, 4700'

Castanea pumila (Chinquapin)
MP 413.5 S

Castanea pumila (Chinquapin)
MP 413.5 S

Baptisia tinctoria (Yellow Indigo)
MP 413.5 S

Baptisia tinctoria (Yellow Indigo)
MP 413.5 S

Baptisia tinctoria (Yellow Indigo)
MP 413.5 S

Baptisia tinctoria (Yellow Indigo)
MP 413.5 S

R. arborescens, R. calendulaceum
MP 413.9 N

R. arborescens, R. calendulaceum
MP 413.9 N

R. arborescens
MP 413.9 N

R. arborescens
MP 413.9 N

R. calendulaceum
MP 413.9 N

R. calendulaceum
MP 413.9 N

R. calendulaceum
MP 413.9 N

R. calendulaceum
MP 413.9 N

R. calendulaceum
MP 413.9 N

R. calendulaceum
MP 413.9 N

R. vaseyi
MP 414.1 N

R. vaseyi
MP 414.1 N

R. vaseyi
MP 414.1 N

R. vaseyi
MP 414.1 N

R. vaseyi
MP 414.1 N

R. vaseyi
MP 414.1 N

R. arborescens
MP 414.3 N

R. arborescens
MP 414.3 N

R. arborescens
MP 414.3 N

R. arborescens
MP 414.3 N

R. vaseyi
MP 415.3 N, 4400'

R. vaseyi
MP 415.3 N, 4400'

Tunnel Gap
MP 415.5 N, 4325'

Tunnel Gap
MP 415.5 N, 4325'

Cherry Cove
MP 415.7 S, 4327'

Cherry Cove
MP 415.7 S, 4327'

Monarch MIgration info
MP 415.7 S, 4327'

Monarch MIgration info
MP 415.7 S, 4327'

view of Looking Glass
MP 415.7

view of Looking Glass
MP 415.7

Log Hollow
MP 416.3 S, 4445'

Log Hollow
MP 416.3 S, 4445'

R. calendulaceum
MP 416.3 N, 4445'

R. calendulaceum
MP 416.3 N, 4445'

MP 416.3 N, 4445'

MP 416.3 N, 4445'

Rudbeckia sp.
MP 416.3 N, 4445'

Rudbeckia sp.
MP 416.3 N, 4445'

R. vaseyi, R. carolinianum
MP 416.9 N

R. vaseyi, R. carolinianum
MP 416.9 N

R. vaseyi, R. carolinianum
MP 416.9 N

R. vaseyi, R. carolinianum
MP 416.9 N

R. vaseyi
MP 417-160' N

R. vaseyi
MP 417-160' N

R. vaseyi
MP 417 - 160' N

R. vaseyi
MP 417 - 160' N

Looking Glass Rock
MP 417.0 S, 4492'

Looking Glass Rock
MP 417.0 S, 4492'

Looking Glass story
MP 417.0 S, 4492'

Looking Glass story
MP 417.0 S, 4492'

Lilium superbum 
(Turk's Cap Lily)
MP 417.2, ~4563'

Lilium superbum
(Turk's Cap Lily)
MP 417.2, ~4563'

Lilium superbum
(Turk's Cap Lily)
MP 417.2, ~4563'

Lilium superbum
(Turk's Cap Lily)
MP 417.2, ~4563'

Impatiens capensis (Spotted Jewel-Weed)
MP 417.2 N, ~4563'

Impatiens capensis (Spotted Jewel-Weed)
MP 417.2 N, ~4563'

?
MP 417.2 N, ~4563'

?
MP 417.2 N, ~4563'

R. vaseyi
MP 418.2 N

R. vaseyi
MP 418.2 N

East Fork
MP 418.3 N, 4995'

East Fork
MP 418.3 N, 4995'

Tiarella wherryi (Foam Flower)
MP 418.3 N, 4995'

Tiarella wherryi (Foam Flower)
MP 418.3 N, 4995'

R. vaseyi
MP 418.5 N, Sta. 28+50'W

R. vaseyi
MP 418.5 N, Sta. 28+50'W

R. vaseyi
MP 418.5 N, Sta. 28+50'W

R. vaseyi
MP 418.5 N, Sta. 28+50'W

R. vaseyi
MP 418.5 N Sta. 28+50'W

R. vaseyi
MP 418.5 N Sta. 28+50'W

Graveyard Fields, lower falls
MP 418.7 N

Graveyard Fields, lower falls
MP 418.7 N

Graveyard Fields
MP 418.8 N, 5120'

Graveyard Fields
MP 418.8 N, 5120'

Graveyard Fields story
MP 418.8 N, 5120'

Graveyard Fields story
MP 418.8 N, 5120'

trail heads
MP 418.8 N, 5120'

trail heads
MP 418.8 N, 5120'

Monarda fistulosa, ?, Lilium superbum
MP 419.3 N, ~5295'

Monarda fistulosa, ?, Lilium superbum
MP 419.3 N, ~5295'

John Rock
MP 419.4 S, 5330'

John Rock
MP 419.4 S, 5330'

'April's Rose': frost-bitten new growth
MP 419.4S

'April's Rose': frost-bitten new growth
MP 419.4S

R. vaseyi 'April's Rose'
MP 419.4 S, 5330'

R. vaseyi 'April's Rose'
MP 419.4 S, 5330'

R. vaseyi 'April's Rose'
MP 419.4 S, 5330'

R. vaseyi 'April's Rose'
MP 419.4 S, 5330'

Parkway south
MP 419.5, ~5358'

Parkway south
MP 419.5, ~5358'

Vaccinium sp. (Blueberry)
MP 419.5, ~5358'

Vaccinium sp. (Blueberry)
MP 419.5, ~5358'

Lilium superbum (Turk's Cap Lily)
MP 419.7 N, ~5413'

Lilium superbum (Turk's Cap Lily)
MP 419.7 N, ~5413'

R. vaseyi
MP 420 S

R. vaseyi
MP 420 S

Silene virginica (Fire Pink)
MP 420 N

Silene virginica (Fire Pink)
MP 420 N

R. vaseyi
MP 420 S

R. vaseyi
MP 420 S

R. vaseyi
MP 420 S

R. vaseyi
MP 420 S

R. vaseyi, Pieris floribunda
MP 420 S

R. vaseyi, Pieris floribunda
MP 420 S

Pieris floribunda
MP 420 S

Pieris floribunda
MP 420 S

R. carolinianum
MP~420 N

R. carolinianum
MP~420 N

Black Balsam
MP 420.2 N, 5550'

Black Balsam
MP 420.2 N, 5550'

MP 420.4 S

MP 420.4 S

MP 420.4 S

MP 420.4 S

Hypericum buckleyi
MP 420.5 N

Hypericum buckleyi
MP 420.5 N

Hypericum buckleyi
MP 420.5 N

Hypericum buckleyi
MP 420.5 N

Saxifraga michauxii
MP 420.5 N

Saxifraga michauxii
MP 420.5 N

Hypericum buckleyi, Saxifraga michauxii
MP 420.5 N

Hypericum buckleyi, Saxifraga michauxii
MP 420.5 N

Hypericum prolificum (St Johns Wort)
MP 421.2 N, ~5513'

Hypericum prolificum (St Johns Wort)
MP 421.2 N, ~5513'

Fetterbush
MP 421.7 S, 5494'
see three of the rarest plants in the US: Hypericum buckleyi, Pieris floribunda and Rhododendron vaseyi

Fetterbush
MP 421.7 S, 5494'
see three of the rarest plants in the US: Hypericum buckleyi, Pieris floribunda and Rhododendron vaseyi

Saxifraga michauxii
MP 421.7 N, 5494'

Saxifraga michauxii
MP 421.7 N, 5494'

Hypericum buckleyi
MP 421.7 N, 5494'

Hypericum buckleyi
MP 421.7 N, 5494'

Hypericum buckleyi
MP 421.7 N, 5494'

Hypericum buckleyi
MP 421.7 N, 5494'

Hypericum buckleyi
MP 421.7 N, 5494'

Hypericum buckleyi
MP 421.7 N, 5494'

Saxifraga michauxii in a rock cleft
MP 421.7 N, 5494'

Saxifraga michauxii in a rock cleft
MP 421.7 N, 5494'

Hypericum buckleyi
MP 421.7 N, 5494'

Hypericum buckleyi
MP 421.7 N, 5494'

R. maximum
MP 421.7 N, 5494'

R. maximum
MP 421.7 N, 5494'

view S from Fetterbush
MP 421.7

view S from Fetterbush
MP 421.7

Devil's Courthouse
MP 421.8

Devil's Courthouse
MP 421.8

Hypericum buckleyi
MP 421.8 N

Hypericum buckleyi
MP 421.8 N

Saxifraga michauxii, Hypericum buckleyi
MP 421.8 N

Saxifraga michauxii, Hypericum buckleyi
MP 421.8 N

Saxifraga michauxii
MP 421.8 N

Saxifraga michauxii
MP 421.8 N

Saxifraga michauxii, Hypericum buckleyi
MP 421.8 N

Saxifraga michauxii, Hypericum buckleyi
MP 421.8 N

Hypericum buckleyi
MP 421.8 N

Hypericum buckleyi
MP 421.8 N

Saxifraga michauxii
MP 421.8 N

Saxifraga michauxii
MP 421.8 N

ice around Hypericum buckleyi
MP ~422N

ice around Hypericum buckleyi
MP ~422N

R. vaseyi, drift of Houstonia purpurea (Bluets)
MP ~422N

R. vaseyi, drift of Houstonia purpurea (Bluets)
MP ~422N

R. vaseyi
MP ~422N

R. vaseyi
MP ~422N

R. vaseyi
MP ~422N

R. vaseyi
MP ~422N

Devil's Courthouse
MP 422.4 S, 5462'

Devil's Courthouse
MP 422.4 S, 5462'

Devil's Courthouse story
MP 422.4 S, 5462'

Devil's Courthouse story
MP 422.4 S, 5462'

not closed - just stay on the path
MP 422.4 S, 5462'

not closed - just "stay on the path"
MP 422.4 S, 5462'

path to the Courthouse
MP 422.4 N, 5462'

path to the Courthouse
MP 422.4 N, 5462'

R. vaseyi
MP 422.4 N, 5462'

R. vaseyi
MP 422.4 N, 5462'

Mt Hardy
MP 422.8 N, 5415'

Mt Hardy
MP 422.8 N, 5415'

Confederate Veterans Memorial Forest
MP 422.8, 5415'

Confederate Veterans Memorial Forest
MP 422.8, 5415'

Beech Gap, SR 215
MP 423.4 N, 5340'

Beech Gap, SR 215
MP 423.4 N, 5340'