About the Blue Ridge Parkway

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.

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