Close Window ☒

YOU can help protect your national parks!

Help us reach our $401,000 goal by 12/31 so we can start 2015 strong defending them.

The national parks are yours.

Make your year-end, tax-deductible contribution to protect them today!

YOU can help protect your national parks!

Help us reach our $401,000 goal by 12/31 so we can start 2015 strong defending them.

The national parks are yours.

Make your year-end, tax-deductible contribution to protect them today!

Gift Amount
Photo: National Park Service

Blue Ridge Parkway

Extending more than 450 miles between Shenandoah National Park in Virginia and Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee, the Blue Ridge Parkway is a trip through the history, culture, and scenery of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the people who have lived there for hundreds of years.

The first thing most people think of when they think of the Blue Ridge Parkway are the remarkable views and scenery that seem to appear around every bend–the Peaks of Otter, Grandfather Mountain, Craggy Gardens. And you can leave for car behind for some wonderful hiking trails to waterfalls and mountain peaks, or to do some wildlife viewing. 

But the Parkway is more than just spectacular mountain passes and rock formations. Visitors can while away an afternoon listening to traditional music at the Blue Ridge Music Center, learn about the life of early settlers at Mabry Mill, and peruse (and buy!) a host of beautiful, traditional arts and crafts at the Folk Art Center. 

—Laura Connors

If You Go

There are plenty of places to stay along the parkway–whether you prefer a sleeping bag or a comfy bed–and the Parkway passes very near the growing cities of Roanoke, Virginia and Asheville, North Carolina which have plenty of shopping, dining, and lodging opportunities.

Also, bear in mind that bad weather (like snow and fog), and rock and tree falls can close sections of the Parkway–sometimes even for significant amounts of time. There are always detours, but if you want to visit a specific location, check with the Park Service ahead of time to make sure it's open.

blri.jpg

FIND A PARK:

FIND BY LOCATION:

FIND BY CATEGORY:

FIND BY THEME:

BROWSE ALPHABETICALLY:

WHAT DO YOU THINK?

Mitch

April 20, 2014

Have traveled the BRP, many times, and no matter how many times we do the drive, cannot help but being struck at the beauty of Nature, especially in the spring, when ALL the Flora is blooming, and then if possible, in the FALL...for all the colors, like something out of a painting...absolutely BEAUTIFUL...a must do.....

Margaret

March 6, 2014

Being a native of Asheville, I have enjoyed the Blue Ridge Parkway many times and hiked many trails, picked wild blueberries (huckleberries), swam in the icy waters and climbed many mountains. Here, I can honestly feel God more than anywhere else I have ever been in the world.

swagmjg

October 29, 2013

this place is awesome

Anonymous

October 15, 2013

Love it

Anonymous

November 10, 2011

Drove the parkway in the early misty fog, before we were done the sun was shining and the sights where breathtaking. What a fantastic area!.

Anne

November 10, 2011

Blue Ridge Parkway is amazingly beautiful! Before our family moved in 2006 we always go up to the Blue Ridge Parkway...just to look around and take in the beauty of the mountains. There's no other place like it! The Blue Ridge has its own uniqueness of beauty that is carries with it that is unlike any other. Our family has always enjoyed the time we spend in the Blue Ridge.

Currahees

November 10, 2011

I live very close to the Parkway, and I go there for spiritual comfort and the amazing views.I can easily spend the day sitting and looking at some of God's best work.The Blue Ridge is unique to me because of my ancestors tales I grew up with.I am 1/5 Cherokee and I can feel the Indian and early settler's history as I travel on the Blue Ridge Parkway,I back-pack below for privacy and to get closer to nature.It is pure joy.

Post a Comment

Share your park story today. Post your park experiences, recommendations, or tips here.*

Nickname
Comment
Email
   
Enter this word:

* Your comments will appear once approved by the moderator. NPCA staff do not regularly respond to postings. We reserve the right to remove comments that include profanity or personal attacks, promote products or services, or are otherwise off-topic. Opinions expressed here do not necessarily reflect the position(s) of NPCA. By submitting comments you are giving NPCA permission to reuse your words on our website and print materials.

Close

Want to learn more about the  ?

The   can be seen in the wild in America’s national parks. Why not join the National Parks Conservation Association community to protect and preserve our national parks?

Sign up to protect parks in   & other states

Why not join the National Parks Conservation Association Community to protect and preserve our national parks?

Sign up to protect   and other National Parks

Why not join the National Parks Conservation Association Community to protect and preserve our national parks?

Please leave this field empty
Yes, please sign me up for NPCA’s newsletter and other emails about protecting our national parks!

National Parks Conservation Association
National Parks Conservation Association

Log In

Or log in with your connected Facebook or Twitter account:

GO

Welcome to our growing community of park advocates. Thanks for signing up!

Sign Up:

Or sign up by connecting your Facebook or Twitter account:

GO