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Parkway Stories

February 16, 2018

Written by Blue Ridge Parkway Association
The National Park Service has announced the closure of the Linn Cove Viaduct (Milepost 304) located on the Blue Ridge Parkway from March 1, 2018 through May 24, 2018.

December 27, 2017

Written by Robert Hull for The Guardian
"Amid the clutter of instruments in Barr’s Fiddle Shop on Galax’s Main Street, three guys sat playing bluegrass tunes on guitar. Sometimes, the owner Stevie Barr – a man who had played for the Queen when she visited Virginia in 2010 – would join in."

December 4, 2017

Written by Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute, Alex Armstrong - PARI Special Projects
I remember a trip a few years ago (mid Oct 2012) where I was going to spend three days on the Blue…

November 27, 2017

Written by Jason Frye for Southern Living
“Three days, two lanes, and one spectacular fall road trip along the South’s most storied highway. Jason Frye, accompanied by his wife,…

November 27, 2017

Written by Jamie Jensen for Travel + Leisure
“Automobile ads love to show shiny vehicles cruising open highways under blue skies, with mountains and beaches nearby. But when was the…

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…