This curving stretch of asphalt is US-221 in the High Country of North Carolina. This stretch winds it's way around giant granite boulders from Blowing Rock to Linville. Prior to the construction of the Linn Cove Viaduct on the Blue Ridge Parkway in the 1980s, this was the only way to connect the southern and northern sections of the Parkway. When weather is too harsh on the viaduct, the section is closed and the familiar US-221 detour is re-enabled, turning a 20-minute drive into nearly an hour drive. This photograph was captured from the hills above on the Parkway.