Linn Cove Viaduct

Blue Ridge Parkway

a curvy bridge hangs over the side of a mountain. viewed from below
The Linn Cove Viaduct

Jim Ruff photo

Quick Facts

Location:
Milepost 304, Blue Ridge Parkway
Significance:
one of the most complicated concrete bridges ever constructed
Designation:
National Civil Engineering Landmark
OPEN TO PUBLIC:
Yes
As the last piece of the Parkway to be completed, the Linn Cove Viaduct was a peak of Blue Ridge Parkway engineering and environmental protection. Completed in 1983 at a cost of almost $10 million, the Linn Cove Viaduct is 1,243 feet long and contains 153 segments weighing 50 tons each. The concrete bridge is a symbol of pride to landscape architects and engineers for its marriage of beauty with utility and habitat protection. Visitors here will gain an appreciation for the care that was taken in construction of the entire Parkway.The American Society of Civil Engineers designated it a National Civil Engineering Landmark (Highways in Harmony). Visit the Linn Cove Viaduct (Milepost 304) to experience this engineering feat in person.