--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.