Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Chestoa View

A man practices the art of adventure when he breaks the chain of routine and renews his life through reading new books, traveling to new places, making new friends, taking up new hobbies and adopting new viewpoints. 
--Wilfred Peterson (1900-1995) author. 

Chestoa View Overlook is located at Mile 320 of the Blue Ridge Parkway, near two of the most spectacular waterfalls on or near the parkway...Linville Falls (Mile 316.4) and Crabtree Falls (Mile 339.5). There are so many pulloffs and overlooks along the parkway, it's hard to know which ones are worth the stop. Chestoa is definitely one of them.  It offers a terrific view of Linville Gorge, including Hawksbill Mountain and Table Rock -- and while there are great views to be had around nearly ever bend of the parkway, this one is exceptional. And it's only a hop, skip and a jump from the parking area -- only about 100 yards down an easy stair-stepped path.  For those who need more of a leg stretcher, there's a 0.6 mile trail (rated as 'easy') that leads to more views.  But the best view to be had is the one from the viewing platform you see above.  While you're in the area, I also recommend stopping off at Wiseman's Overlook to take in the beauty of Linville Gorge (but I recommend a high clearance vehicle for that one).

I don't know who the man is in my photo.  I was actually getting set up to take the photo, after waiting for various groups to leave, when he jumped into my shot.  To be honest, I was a little frustrated at first, but then I realized it was a better shot with him in there. :)  So thank you, my Russian friend.

More Chestoa View images here.


  1. I rarely look at one of your photos without becoming home sick.

  2. Great shot! I like it with the onlooker in it. Gives a sense of scale.

  3. I love your site. The blog and photos are great. I grew up near the Blue Ridge Parkway. One of my grandfather's was a park ranger. I moved to Florida for 26 years and just moved back 3 years ago. I'm exploring the outdoors as much as I can and love photography. I don't recall ever seeing this overlook. I definitely plan to explore there soon. Did the other end of the parkway this past fall.

  4. One of the best views on the Parkway. Your picture does look better with the guy in there providing scale.


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