If you really want to get to know the land of the Blue Ridge Parkway, another great way to do that is by hiking the more than 350 miles of trails that can be found along its length. Be sure you wear sturdy hiking shoes and stay on marked trails. Arm yourself with snacks and water and be prepared for rapidly changing weather. Always let someone know where you’re going and when you expect to be back. There are a variety of hikes to choose from with several levels of difficulty. If you are a beginner you should try some of the east hikes such as the Cumberland Knob Trail.
If you are more advanced you can try the Cedar Ridge Trail (recommended for day hikes; great view of the forests). If you are well experienced you can try some of the more difficult hikes such as the Gully Creek Trail (difficult but enjoyable route by the stream).