While this ride takes you on a portion of the Blue Ridge Parkway (BRP) it will also take you to Dupont State Forest which has three nice water falls to view and hike Triple Falls, High falls and Hooker Falls.
Places that I always enjoy stopping at on this seciton of the Parkway to stop on the BRP are Waterrock knob has a visitor center and some nice views pick up a map here. Devils Courthouse a nice hike if you have time. Or save your steps for Graveyard Fields which has 2 waterfalls to hike to. After Graveyard Fields your appetite might be up for some lunch at the Mount Pisgah Inn. Now you should be ready for the ride down US 276 awesome road which has a couple of waterfalls on it the easy one to get to is Looking Glass Falls a must see just down a set of steps.
Now you will be on your way to Dupont State Forest for some hiking of there. This ride also has NC 107 a little known road but very nice with little traffic.