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Parkway Stories

September 16, 2021

Written by Blue Ridge Parkway Association
Virginia's creative and sometimes whimsical LOVEworks are a wonderful photo opportunity. Why not start a new tradition and make some family memories finding and photographing a few LOVE signs while enjoying the out of doors this year?

September 14, 2021

Written by Blue Ridge Parkway Association
Read on for information to apply or share with qualified candidates in your network.

August 23, 2021

Written by Blue Ridge Parkway Association
When will the Parkway's leaves change to their wardrobe of fall colors? If you’re wondering when the peak Blue Ridge Parkway Fall leaf season will be this year, you’re not alone.

June 17, 2021

Written by Blue Ridge Parkway Association
Many activities in the regions surrounding the Blue Ridge Parkway are available year-round for free.

May 24, 2021

Written by Blue Ridge Parkway Association
When can you see rhododendrons, mountain laurel, and other blooms along the Parkway? Bloom times vary each year based on a variety of factors.

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.
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,…
A two-day trip through the Highlands district reveals the shift from flat plateau to mountain ridges. Find yourself in the rolling pastures of Doughton Park (Milepost 240 – 245) or exploring the Grandfather Mountain corridor (Milepost 295 – 300) or the rugged Linville Gorge (Milepost 317) with a night in…
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…