A 469 mile National Parkway, it is mostly along the Blue Ridge, a major mountain chain that is part of the Appalachian Mountains. The parkway runs from the southern terminus of Shenandoah National Park’s Skyline Drive in Virginia at Rockfish Gap to U.S. Route 441 at Oconaluftee in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park near Cherokee, North Carolina. There is no fee for using the parkway. It is famous for its fall color and numerous highlights along the parkway. Historic Cades Cove is preserved in this area. Flowering shrubs and wildflowers dominate the parkway in the spring, moving from valleys to mountains as the cold weather retreats.