A Blue Ridge Parkway experience is unlike any other, a slow paced and relaxing drive revealing stunning long-range vistas and close-up views of the scenic mountainsides and pastoral farm landscapes of the Appalachian highlands.
There is no fee to visit the Parkway and except for construction or dangerous winter driving conditions, the motor road is open year-round. Nine campgrounds, thirteen picnic areas, and fourteen visitor centers provide opportunity for recreation, exploration, and education. Over one hundred trails ranging from long-distance treks to short leg-stretchers allow visitors to get away from the road and experience the natural surroundings. Along the Parkway, you will see numbered mileposts with the zero marker at Rockfish Gap south of Shenandoah National Park. Each mile is numbered progressively southward to Cherokee, North Carolina at the entrance to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
More about the Blue Ridge Parkway:
This was the first national rural parkway to be conceived, designed, and constructed as a leisure driving experience.
Worldwide, the Parkway stands as a premier example of landscape and engineering design achievements with a roadway that lies easily on the land and blends into the landscape.
The Parkway is the highest and longest continuous route in the Appalachian area, providing scenic access to crests and ridges of five major mountain ranges within the central and southern Appalachian Mountains.
Geographic and vegetative zones range from 649 feet at James River in Virginia to 6,047 feet at Richland Balsam in North Carolina.
The park?s uninterrupted corridor facilitates the protection of a diverse range of flora and fauna including rare and endangered plant and animal species and areas designated as national natural landmarks.
The park preserves and displays cultural landscapes and historic architecture characteristics of the central and southern Appalachian highlands.
The Blue Ridge Parkway is a primary catalyst for regional travel and tourism, serving as a unifying element for the counties through which it passes, engendering a shared regional identity, providing a common link of interest, and being a major contributor to economic vitality.