Debra and I got up super early and drove to the Blue Ridge Parkway past Grandfather Mountain to catch the Easter Sunrise at Linn Cove Viaduct.
He Is Risen!

About Linn Cove Viaduct on BRPW

The Linn Cove Viaduct is a remarkable engineering feat and an iconic section of the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina. Completed in 1983, the viaduct was one of the last major construction segments of the Parkway, which itself was initiated as a part of the New Deal projects during the 1930s to connect the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina to the Shenandoah National Park in Virginia.
The design and construction of the Linn Cove Viaduct were particularly challenging due to its location around the slopes of Grandfather Mountain, one of the region’s most environmentally sensitive areas. To minimize the environmental impact, engineers used a cantilever segmental construction method. This innovative technique allowed large precast segments to be built offsite and then transported to the location, where they were assembled piece by piece, like a giant puzzle, without disturbing the surrounding landscape.
The viaduct is 1,243 feet long and has 153 segments weighing 50 tons each. It curves gracefully around the mountain and appears to float above the ground, providing a seamless and scenic drive. The structure has won numerous awards for its design and environmental sensitivity, including the Presidential Award for Design Excellence in 1992.
Today, the Linn Cove Viaduct is celebrated as an engineering landmark and a piece of art that blends beautifully with its natural surroundings. It remains a major attraction on the Blue Ridge Parkway, offering stunning views of the Appalachian landscape and serving as a prime example of thoughtful, environmentally responsible construction.

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