Blue Ridge Parkway Map – Southern End
Southern Portion of The Blue Ridge Parkway.
The Blue Ridge Parkway starts just outside the Cherokee Indian Reservation and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The first exit and the easyist way to access the parkway from Maggie Valley is at Soco Gap on Highway 19 from Maggie Valley to Cherokee. From there a quick drive north towards Asheville you’ll come across the Waterrock Knob parking area and overlook. There are bathrooms and a ranger station for your convienence. At the end of the parking area is a trail head that takes you to Waterrock knob along a scenic short trail to the top. Its a moderate climb of about a mile each way.