Blue Ridge Parkway | WOOLYBACK OVERLOOK (MP 452.3)

Woolyback Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway

Woolyback Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway

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At the Woolyback Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway you don’t get a sweeping view, but you do get a nice look down into the valley that gives the scene a great sense of depth. Mountains in the distance fade out to grey while the smaller mountains in the valley, which look like small volcanoes, provide some detail. If only someone would weed-whack the brush that is encroaching on the scene, this would be one of the better views on the last twenty miles of the Parkway.

You’d have to spend a lifetime driving up and down the Blue Ridge Parkway to get a great photo from every overlook. Smog, haze, fog, sun shining in the wrong directions, rain—arriving at the right time is all a matter of luck. During my recent trip the smog was so bad that I could hardly see the mountains in the distance. People think this is haze produced by the trees, but it is pollution. Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the surrounding Blue Ridge Parkway are the most polluted national parks on the east coast.

Panoramic view from the Woolyback Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway (click to enlarge)

Panoramic view from the Woolyback Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway (click to enlarge)


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Last updated on December 20, 2023
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