The last link in the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Linn Cove Viaduct was completed in 1987 at a cost of $10 million and wraps around the slope of Grandfather Mountain in western North Carolina. The mountain is the highest and most rugged peak in the Blue Ridge Mountain range. Recognized as an engineering marvel, the viaduct received several design awards and is lauded for protecting the habitat of the mountain.
Construction of the Blue Ridge Parkway began in 1935 and was not finished until the completion of the Linn Cove Viaduct. The parkway spans a total of 469 miles across the Southern and Middle Appalachians and connects the Great Smoky Mountain National Park in North Carolina with Shenandoah National Park in Virginia.