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September 14, 2018

Written by Blue Ridge Parkway - NPS
On Friday September 14, 2018, the entire 469-mile Blue Ridge Parkway and all associated facilities, with the exception of the Pisgah Inn and Peaks of Otter Lodge,  will be closed at 8:00 p.m. in anticipation of high winds and heavy rains due to the remnants of Hurricane Florence. Saturated soils in combination with high winds in these areas increase the risk of rock slide and falling trees and debris. This closure will remain in effect until further notice.

June 15, 2018

Written by Blue Ridge Parkway Association
Our popular Blue Ridge Parkway travel app is available again. Please note that new name length restrictions from app platforms meant a new name for the app. If you had the previous app versions, what was formerly called the Blue Ridge Parkway - Travel Planner app is now called Blue Ridge Pkwy Travel Planner.

June 4, 2018

Written by Blue Ridge Parkway Association
All good things must be maintained over time lest they lose their luster, and the Blue Ridge Parkway is no exception. NPS has been working to maintain the roadway on the Parkway, filling potholes, ensuring a smooth driving surface, and minimizing further wear and tear from the millions who experience America's Favorite Drive each year. Resurfacing of the roadway continues throughout the Summer 2018 travel season.

June 3, 2018

Written by Blue Ridge Parkway Association
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May 25, 2018

Written by Blue Ridge Parkway - NPS
Memorial Day Weekend signals the beginning of the summer visitor season on the Blue Ridge Parkway. NPS staff, volunteers, concession operators, and park partners are prepared to welcome visitors to the campgrounds, visitor centers and features along the historic 469-mile route.

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…