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March 22, 2019

Written by Blue Ridge Parkway Association
As the weather warms, spring fever leads many of us outside and to planning some trips. Whether an impromptu weekend getaway or looking ahead to what's happening later this season, there's no shortage of fun activities in the regions near the Parkway in spring. Read on for our break down of what's going on this season in each region of the Blue Ridge Parkway.

November 18, 2018

Written by Blue Ridge Parkway Association
Spending the holidays in the Blue Ridge Mountains brings to mind cozy fireside nights under homespun quilts, a brisk family hike to find the perfect Christmas tree on the farm, and the very the best slopes for skiing and sledding. We’ve rounded up all this and more in our guide to festive winter fun in the communities along the Blue Ridge Parkway.

October 18, 2018

Written by Blue Ridge Parkway Association
When will the leaves be at peak color this Fall along the Blue Ridge Parkway? While it would be nice if we could forecast the moment Autumn foliage will dazzle us with peak vibrancy as reliably as we track the ocean's tides, just when and why the leaves change colors is a complex array of factors far less predictable.

October 16, 2018

Written by Blue Ridge Parkway Association
The Blue Ridge Parkway and surrounding mountain communities in both Virginia and North Carolina have a long and storied history as an arts and culture destination. Traditional artisans practice their crafts to this day, while up and coming artists forge ahead in new techniques and cutting edge creativity.

September 21, 2018

Written by Blue Ridge Parkway Association
Are you a business located in one of the many communities that trace the Blue Ridge Parkway along its 469 mile path through Virginia and North Carolina? If visitors find you after traveling the Parkway - or you wish they did - the Blue Ridge Parkway Association would love to count you among our esteemed members.

Parkway Itineraries

Some sample Itineraries to get you started

It would be a challenge for motorcycle riders to find a more beautiful and diversified driving trail than the scenic back roads of Southwest Virginia.
Are you looking for a fresh vacation that will leave your tastebuds talking about all the hearty hotspots you encountered along the way?  Look no further, because you have found the perfect destination in Haywood County!  North Carolina’s Smoky Mountains offer plenty of culinary cravings admist a land of outdoor…
Ridge Region Weekend Getaway A two-day trip from Afton Mountain and Rockfish Gap (Milepost 0) to the Peaks of Otter (Milepost 86) and on to Roanoke, the largest metropolitan area on the Parkway, offers plenty of time to experience this region and highlight the ridge-top driving experience, including magnificent views…
Parkway Weekend Getaway by R.V. A two-day trip along the Blue Ridge Plateau from Roanoke (Milepost 120) to the Virginia state line (Milepost 216) is highlighted by intensive exposure to the Blue Ridge cultural landscape. The rural experience on the Parkway and on adjacent lands highlights mills, music, and agriculture,…
Traversing the Highland Region of the Blue Ridge Parkway A two-day road trip on the scenic byway feels like traveling through time…
A one-day trip through the Pisgah District is a long drive – perhaps best undertaken from the comfort of your car – but comes with unique rewards. There is a natural resource emphasis that features relic populations of plants, long vistas across rugged and remote areas, and a feel of…