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Navigating the Blue Ridge Parkway

As a scenic byway that sometimes traverses deep into the mountainous forests of Virginia and North Carolina, the Blue Ridge Parkway as a journey is unique. GPS isn’t reliable on the Parkway, though the experience of stunning views is.

Cell reception can be spotty but we have all the resources you need for navigating your Parkway adventure in confidence – whether you’re planning in advance or on the road now.

The NPS regularly updates a detailed list of Parkway sections, noting whether they are closed, open or ungated, on the NPS website.

Blue Ridge Parkway Drive Times Map with Regions

Know Where You’re Going

There are two foolproof options for getting around the Parkway once you’re there

  • Our Blue Ridge Pkwy Travel Planner mobile app works even without a cell signal. No connectivity is no problem. You’ll find helpful information on natural resources and culture, Favorites you can save and customize, and maps and services arranged by region and community. An invaluable tool for your trip, the Blue Ridge Pkwy Travel Planner app is a free download with optional downloadable offline maps.

Paper maps and brochures never go out of style. Don’t wait for these to come in the mail– click on each image to view (and even download) the digital versions today. Save time and postage costs!

Front cover of BRPA's Blue Ridge Parkway map
When all else fails, our print Blue Ridge Parkway Map, the Blue Ridge Parkway Travel Planner, and our Camping – Blue Ridge Parkway brochure are there for you. Pick them up when you need them on the fly along the road, or request a copy to start planning your Parkway trip now. The Camping brochure is currently out of stock, but you can download the digital version for use on a device while traveling.

The Blue Ridge Parkway Association has produced the Blue Ridge Parkway Travel Planner in partnership with NPS – Blue Ridge Parkway since 1949.

A trusted resource for travelers to the Blue Ridge Parkway and surrounding communities, our publication is the only one of its kind distributed on the Parkway at Visitor Centers. View or download an electronic copy today by clicking on the photo above.

You can also pick up a copy at Virginia, North Carolina and Tennessee State Welcome Centers, at your local AAA or CAA office, or request a copy mailed to you.