• The long vistas are part of a Blue Ridge Parkway experience

    Blue Ridge

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  • Phone System Down at Julian Price Campground

    The phone system at JP Campground, MP 296.9, is currently out of order. Please refer to recreation.gov to make or change any reservations. For additional questions please refer to the camping opportunities section of our website. More »

  • ONE LANE TRAFFIC CONTROL, MP 241 - 242.4

    REMINDER: Roadwork continues in a one-mile section of Parkway, commonly known as Ice Rock, from MP242.4 at Alligator Back Parking Area to MP241. The project involves twenty-four-hour, one-lane traffic control until November 1, 2014.

Hiking

 
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Hiking in a group is a good idea to enjoy the trails.

There are numerous trails suitable for hiking along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Find out about trails near you by stopping at a ranger station or visitor center for information. Trail conditions may change suddenly and unexpectedly. Bear activity, rain or thunder storms, and downed trees may temporarily close trails. At a minimum, carry water, a raincoat or poncho, a warm hat, insect repellent, sunscreen, and a first aid kit. It is recommended that you hike with another person. No permit is required for hiking.

One of the most daunting tasks facing hikers is choosing a trail. Start by deciding on what you would like to see. Waterfalls? Old-growth forests? Endless views? Then decide how far you would like to hike. Visit our brochures page to download and view trail maps.

There are over 369 miles of trails to choose from along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Below is a list of popular trails along the Parkway. Click here to download a full list of trails in Virginia and here to download a full list of trails in North Carolina.

Ridge District

(MP 0-106)

Plateau District

(MP 107-216)

Highlands District

(MP 217-305)

Pisgah District

(MP-306-469)

Humpback Rocks

Roanoke Valley

Cumberland Knob

Linville Falls

Otter Creek & James River

Rocky Knob

Doughton Park

Crabtree Falls

Peaks of Otter

Moses Cone

Craggy Gardens

Julian Price Park

Mt. Pisgah

Tanawah


 
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The Appalachian Trail and Mountains to Sea Trail are two long distance trails that follow closely with stretches of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Sections of these trails can be hiked in a day, or for the more adventurous, over a number of days.

If you like hiking in groups, the Carolina Mountain Club has various opportunities to join hikes and even volunteer on trail work around the Asheville area.
 

Remember to always respect the environment and be considerate of others. Visit our Trail Safety and Leave No Trace pages for tips on making the most out of your hiking experience.

Did You Know?

Catawba rhododendron at Craggy Gardens

The Blue Ridge Parkway travels through twenty nine counties and contributes $902 million each year in tourism revenue to North Carolina and Virginia.