America's Scenic Byways

Little Parkway

18 miles - 45 minutes

Also known as the Yonahlossee Trail, the Little Parkway travels through undeveloped wilderness areas in the Pisgah National Forest. The road was constructed in 1889 by man and mule for a toll road and was the link between Blowing Rock and Linville until 1987 when the Linn Cove Viaduct was completed on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

As travelers drive the Little Parkway, they will notice little parts of history from the Blue Ridge Mountains. The Linville Falls and Caverns present natural wonders while Grandfather Mountain is a natural landform and landmark. Visitors will pass the back entrance to the Moses H. Cone Memorial Park where they may catch a glimpse of Flat Top Manor. The manor resides on Flat Top Mountain and is now used as a museum and craft center.

Throughout the drive, travelers will find plenty to see and more to do. Picnic and hiking areas area available all along the byway and sights of the Blue Ridge Mountains offer excellent photo opportunities. The resort towns of Blowing Rock and Linville offer a variety of festivals and shops as well.