Blue Ridge Parkway
Designed as a drive awhile - stop awhile recreational drive, the Blue Ridge Parkway provides both stunning scenery and close-up looks at the natural and cultural history of the southern Appalachian mountains. The Parkway meanders for 469 miles and connects Shenandoah and Great Smoky Mountains National Parks, providing ample opportunities for stops at overlooks, picnic and camping facilities, trails, and wonderful cultural and natural areas. The park information number at (828) 298 0398 is your best source for up-to-date gate closures and weather-related information.
Car - The motor road is marked every mile by concrete mileposts beginning at MP 0 near Shenandoah NP and ending at MP 469 at Great Smoky Mountain NP. The winding nature of the road and change in elevation means that large recreational vehicles will have to allow for lots of extra time. Personal vehicles, motorcycles, tour buses and bicycles are allowed. No commercial traffic is permitted!