Tiffany and Dalton. You guys rock. And Tiffany, you’re an amazing photographer and I love you, friend. I am just so honored to have been there during your engagement and then to shoot your engagement session on the Blue Ridge Parkway. And then AFTER all that, you guys flew me out to the Bonneville Salt Flats to shoot your freaking wedding!!! Heck. Saying I’m honored doesn’t even begin to cover how I feel.
Anywhosit, if you’re thinking about having your engagement photos taken on the Blue Ridge Parkway, then there a few key things to note:
- The parkway is notorious for closing down during the winter months due to snow, ice, fog, and any other dangerous driving conditions. If you’re planning on taking your engagement photos on the Blue Ridge Parkway between November-March, then make sure you check the parkway’s real-time closure map.
- Cell signal is spotty at best. Make sure you load up your GPS with where you need to go before you hit the road.
- The average speed limit on the parkway is 35-45 MPH. Please, for the love of all that is good, don’t go below this speed limit. You will find people who take their time driving around and looking at stuff, but that’s far more dangerous than going the speed limit. That’s why we have….
- Pulloffs! Stop at any of them that look interesting and take in the gorgeous view. They’re there for a reason!
- If you’re planning a Plan B backup location for your engagement session with views similar to those you can find on the parkway, then check out this engagement session at Max Patch!
And if you’re looking for great hikes right off the parkway, then check out this short list of hikes that are my absolute favorites! Most of these are close to the Boone and Asheville areas of NC, but there are certainly amazing hikes on the parkway in TN, VA, and GA too!
- Black Balsam Knob
- Thunder Hill
- Rough Ridge
- Beacon Heights
- Flat Top Mountain Trail at Moses Cone Manor
What’s your favorite spot to visit on the Parkway?