Blue Ridge Parkway | BIG WITCH OVERLOOK (MP 461.9)

View from Big Witch Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway

View from Big Witch Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway

View: ♦ ♦ / 5
Trails: None
Picnic Tables: 2

A narrow and not particularly interesting view awaits those who stop at the Big Witch Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The mountains are quite close to the viewing area and block out the mountains that are undoubtedly behind them, which limits the depth of the vista. Of course fall colors would enhance the scene tremendously, but during other times you are just looking at green blobs.

The overlook was named for Cherokee medicine man Big Witch. He was the last Cherokee eagle killer, a man whose job was to obtain sacred eagle feathers for ceremonies. Of course the best way to get eagle feathers is to kill the bird, a skill Big Witch excelled at. He died in 1898 at the age of 90.

There are two picnic tables located at either end of the huge parking lot.

Panorama of the view from Big Witch Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway (click to enlarge)

Panorama of the view from Big Witch Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway (click to enlarge)


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Last updated on November 7, 2023
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