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Tips for Traveling the Blue Ridge Parkway

Driving the Blue Ridge ParkwayThe Blue Ridge Parkway is more than a road – it’s a beautiful journey that entices visitors to explore a 469-mile gateway to America’s rich cultural heritage including Cherokee traditions, music, crafts, agriculture and nature.  

Regulations & Driving Tips

  • The Parkway's speed limit is typically 45 miles per hour (less in some places). The Parkway was designed for leisurely motoring. Take your time and discover the grandeur of this special place.
  • Interpretive signs carrying the squirrel gun and powder horn symbol will be found at many overlooks and historic sites along the parkway.
  • You don’t have to be at an overlook to stop and enjoy the scenery.
  • Unless otherwise posted, parking is permitted along road shoulders.
  • Choose a place where you can pull your car completely off the road so as not to endanger yourself or others. Be alert for wildlife. Deer and other animals may dart in front of you.
  • Extra vigilance is needed when driving in fog and rain. Slow down and turn on your headlights. A little caution will help assure that inclement weather only dampens picnics and temporarily impairs the scenic views.
  • Motorcyclists should be especially alert. Helmets are required for operators and passengers. In North Carolina, the headlight must be on anytime a motorcycle is in motion.
  • If in an accident, try to prevent others from becoming involved by using reflective warning devices or flares, or by positioning someone beside the road to flag oncoming vehicles. Notify a Park Ranger at a nearby visitor center or campground or call (800) 727-5928.

Mileposts

Along the Parkway, you will observe numbered mileposts. The zero milepost marker is at Rockfish Gap, immediately south of Shenandoah National Park, and each mile is numbered progressively southward on the Parkway.

Calendar

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How the West Was Won

Thursday, May 5, 2016, 2:00 pm

Marion Mountain Music

Thursday, May 5, 2016, 7:00 pm
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36th Annual Strawberry Festival

Friday, May 6, 2016, 10:00 am

How the West Was Won

Friday, May 6, 2016, 2:00 pm

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, May 6, 2016, 7:00 pm
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Garden Day

Saturday, May 7, 2016, 9:00 am

Art in the Park

Saturday, May 7, 2016, 10:00 am

36th Annual Strawberry Festival

Saturday, May 7, 2016, 10:00 am

Raffaldini Winery Grilling Luncheon

Saturday, May 7, 2016, 1:00 pm

How the West Was Won

Saturday, May 7, 2016, 2:00 pm
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Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, May 8, 2016, 2:00 pm
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Monthly Old Time Music Jam

Tuesday, May 10, 2016, 6:00 pm
11 12

How the West Was Won

Thursday, May 12, 2016, 2:00 pm

Marion Mountain Music

Thursday, May 12, 2016, 7:00 pm
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How the West Was Won

Friday, May 13, 2016, 2:00 pm

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, May 13, 2016, 7:00 pm
14

4th Annual Cradle to Grave 30K & 10K Race

Saturday, May 14, 2016, 8:00 am

How the West Was Won

Saturday, May 14, 2016, 2:00 pm
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Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, May 15, 2016, 2:00 pm
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How the West Was Won

Thursday, May 19, 2016, 2:00 pm

Marion Mountain Music

Thursday, May 19, 2016, 7:00 pm
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Fish and Pick Bluegrass Festival

Friday, May 20, 2016, 10:00 am

How the West Was Won

Friday, May 20, 2016, 2:00 pm

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, May 20, 2016, 7:00 pm
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Gettysburg Outdoor Antique Show

Saturday, May 21, 2016, 7:00 am

Fish and Pick Bluegrass Festival

Saturday, May 21, 2016, 10:00 am

Vinton Wine and Food Festival

Saturday, May 21, 2016, 1:00 pm

How the West Was Won

Saturday, May 21, 2016, 2:00 pm
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Fish and Pick Bluegrass Festival

Sunday, May 22, 2016, 10:00 am

Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, May 22, 2016, 2:00 pm
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How the West Was Won

Thursday, May 26, 2016, 2:00 pm

Marion Mountain Music

Thursday, May 26, 2016, 7:00 pm
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How the West Was Won

Friday, May 27, 2016, 2:00 pm

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, May 27, 2016, 7:00 pm
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Garden Jubilee

Saturday, May 28, 2016, 9:00 am

Bogs, Bugs and Beavers

Saturday, May 28, 2016, 9:00 am

How the West Was Won

Saturday, May 28, 2016, 2:00 pm
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Garden Jubilee

Sunday, May 29, 2016, 9:00 am

Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, May 29, 2016, 2:00 pm

The Winemaker’s Dinner at Chateau Morrisette

Sunday, May 29, 2016, 5:00 pm
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149th Memorial Day Parade and Ceremonies

Monday, May 30, 2016, 2:00 pm
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Highlights & Happenings

  • Doughton Park, MP 240
  • Renew your senses amid this landscape of open meadows. Doughton Park is one of the best places along the Blue Ridge Parkway to view white-tailed deer, raccoons, red and grey foxes, and bobcats.  Flowers burst on the scene in late spring and crea
  • Waterrock Knob, MP 451.2
  • An ideal spot for watching sunrise and sunsets across the rugged mountains, Waterrock Knob Visitor Center sits at almost 6,000 feet elevation. Exhibits, book sales, and a trail leading to the summit of Waterrock Knob await visitors. The last hik
  • Rocky Knob & Mabry Mill, MP 169, 176.2
  • These Parkway treasures offer many opportunities for visitors including hiking, camping, picnicking, and one of the most-photographed structures along the Blue Ridge Parkway.
  • Julian Price Memorial Park, MP 297
  • A majestic 4,200 acres at the foot of Grandfather Mountain, named in honor of Julian Price, comprises this popular park and lies directly adjacent to the Moses H. Cone Memorial Park. Together these parks make up the largest developed area set as
  • Peaks of Otter, MP 86
  • With stunning views, natural beauty, and the surrounding Jefferson National Forest, it’s no wonder the Peaks of Otter area has attracted people to the region for more than 8,000 years.
  • Mount Pisgah, MP 408
  • Mount Pisgah’s spectacular views, hiking trails, camping and the Mount Pisgah Inn make this area a popular destination for visitors along the Blue Ridge Parkway. The mountain and thousands of surrounding acres was originally purchased by indust
  • Moses H. Cone Park, MP 294
  • A majestic 4,200 acres at the foot of Grandfather Mountain, named in honor of Julian Price, lies directly adjacent to the Moses H. Cone Memorial Park. Together these parks comprise the largest developed area set aside for public recreati
  • Parkway Road Conditions
  • An open Parkway is a safe Parkway. Be sure to check road conditions online or by phone before you travel and during your visit.
  • Camping
  • Camping is one way visitors traveling through the Blue Ridge Parkway can spend the night under the stars in one of America’s most beautiful natural settings.
  • Blue Ridge Parkway Directory & Travel Planner
  • The 67th edition of the Blue Ridge Parkway Directory & Travel Planner is your ultimate source for planning a trip to the Blue Ridge Mountains.
  • Hiking Trails
  • A journey on the Blue Ridge Parkway offers motorists spectacular views of Southern Appalachia’s diverse beauty for 469.1 uninterrupted miles.
  • Blooms & Wildlife Watching
  • Don't forget your cameras and binoculars when visiting the Blue Ridge Parkway! Learn when and where to see blooms along your journey.
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