Our top pick for a Parkway souvenir book is "Blue Ridge Parkway Vistas" by super talented photographer Tim Barnwell. The second edition of this best-selling book released in March 2018 with even more gorgeous photos of the mountain views from the most scenic overlooks, complete with identification of the mountain peaks. You'll see why it took him five years to create this must-have reference guide to relive your Parkway journeys and plan future trips to Asheville and the North Carolina mountains. The first edition sold out twice!
The 144-page coffee table book features views from 40+ of the most spectacular overlooks along the 469-mile Blue Ridge Parkway through North Carolina and Virginia. Also see views from other attractions in western North Carolina including Biltmore Estate, Jump Off Rock, Cashiers Valley, and Chimney Rock State Park.
The book is designed as a driving guide to the Parkway. Pull into an overlook and open it to find the exact view that names the names of mountains, towns, and points of interest. It even includes the compass heading, distances and elevation. Get travel tips, maps and plenty of information about the geology and history of the area.
The second edition adds 16 pages to the original version, adding four additional Parkway overlooks and section about his favorite hikes and waterfalls.
Tim Barnwell of Asheville is one of the most published photographers in the South. His work is included in dozens of books and countless magazines. He is the author of five books of his own: The Face of Appalachia: Portraits from the Mountain Farm, On Earth’s Furrowed Brow: The Appalachian Farm in Photographs, Hands in Harmony Traditional Crafts and Music in Appalachia, Blue Ridge Parkway Vistas and Great Smoky Mountains Vistas. His images are in permanent collections of the Metropolitan and many other art museums.
Buy now direct from Tim on his website. Price is $29.95. Also find Blue Ridge Parkway Vistas at Parkway shops, Amazon and many bookstores. It definitely makes a fantastic gift.
See our Blue Ridge Parkway Guide for our Top 50 stops near Asheville.