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.









June 26, 2015

My husband and I rode the Blue Ridge Parkway for 25+ years...summers on our Harley, fall in our truck. In 2007 we built a home on the parkway and called it our "little piece of heaven on earth". I lost him 3 years ago, and feel such peace being on the parkway.


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.....


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.


October 29, 2013

this place is awesome


October 15, 2013

Love it


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!.


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.


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.

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