Blue Ridge Parkway | MOUNT LYN LOWRY VIEW (MP 445.2)

Mount Lyn Lowry View on the Blue Ridge Parkway

Mount Lyn Lowry View on the Blue Ridge Parkway

View: ♦ ♦ /5
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The Mount Lyn Lowry View delivers exactly what it promises—a view of Mount Lyn Lowry. The mountain is so close that you can almost step off the overlook and start hiking to the top. It’s the closest mountain to any overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway that I recall, but for my taste it is too close and lacks any characteristics of real interest.

The identification sign mentions the Woodfin Cascades. If you stopped at the Woodfin Cascades Overlook two pullouts to the south, you saw the start of the cascades. From there, the water flows under the Blue Ridge Parkway and continues to majestically tumble downstream, creating a series of cascades. From the Mount Lyn Lowry View pullout you can see more of these cascades, but only in the winter when all the leaves are off the trees. If you look at the photo above, notice a line that runs up the mountain a short ways in a northeast direction starting from the top of the left post of the identification sign. That’s that creek where the cascades are formed. (The Blue Ridge Parkway cannot be seen from here, but it runs on a ridge above the cascades. See the graphic below for the layout.)

Blue Ridge Parkway route at Mount Lyn Lowry

Blue Ridge Parkway route at Mount Lyn Lowry (click to enlarge)

Mount Lyn Lowry is named for the daughter of World War I and II veteran Sumter de Leon Lowry, Jr. At the top is a cross that was dedicated by Billy Graham in 1952, though it cannot be seen from the Blue Ridge Parkway (at least I could not see it).

Panoramic view of Mount Lyn Lowry from the Blue Ridge Parkway

Panoramic view of Mount Lyn Lowry from the Blue Ridge Parkway (click to enlarge)


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Last updated on November 27, 2023
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