Driving on the Blue Ridge Parkway is a wonderful way to experience a piece of North Carolina's wilderness and history. You can see beautiful Appalachian mountain landscapes, peaceful farm scenes, and historic buildings. You can visit communities of Western North Carolina such as Little Switzerland, Asheville and Cherokee. The Blue Ridge Parkway is 469 miles long and winds through 17 North Carolina counties. It took 52 years from start to finish for the Parkway planners to create the road and national park we have today. It is the most visited park in the United States, and a main goal of the Parkway planners was to provide visitors a view into the historic lifestyle of the mountains and a chance to experience and appreciate nature.