To introduce the Blue Ridge Parkway as the highway to adventure in the Southern Appalachians would still not do justice to the area's potential. Any adventure or outdoor activity that you can dream up can most likely be found along the 469 miles that stretch from Virginia to North Carolina. You'll find never-ending views, hiking and backpacking, rock climbing, mountain biking, photographic opportunities, waterfalls with tranquil pools for swimming and more around every curve. The Blue Ridge Parkway took a total of 52 years to complete, and you could spend just as long exploring every nook of the treasures tucked away along this stretch of the Appalachian Mountains. Take 52 hours, 52 days, 52 weeks, or even 52 years and seek out all of the beauty and adventure that awaits. Below, you'll find 15 spots to get you started on what could turn out to be the journey of a lifetime.