Waterrock Knob, Blue Ridge Parkway MP 451, North Carolina, Appalachian Mountains, USA.
Visitors flock to see views from Waterrock Knob at Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 451.2 in North Carolina, USA. Waterrock Knob (summit elevation 6292 feet) is the highest peak of the Plott Balsam Range, part of the Blue Ridge Mountains. This view looks west to the Qualla Boundary, the Eastern Cherokee Reservation, and Great Smoky Mountains. At upper left edge are the Unicoi Mountains (traversed by Cherohala Skyway). Local trees release hydrocarbons into the atmosphere and create a characteristic blue haze on pristine days as seen in this photo; but more often a white or gray haze caused by air pollution obscures distant views. The 469-mile Blue Ridge Parkway connects Shenandoah National Park (in Virginia) with the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina. (The Smokies are a subrange of the Blue Ridge Mountains, all part of the Appalachian Mountains.)Add to Cart Add to Lightbox Download