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.
Designing the Blue Ridge Parkway
VARIETY – THE SPICE OF THE PARKWAY
The "most important" of many criteria, according to Stan Abbott, was variety, something he called "the spice" of the Parkway.
The already completed
The delight of the Parkway, again quoting Abbott, "lies with ever-changing location, in variety. "Engineers, with their practical "how-to-build" perspective, and the artistic viewpoint of the landscape architects "drilled and drilled on the business of following a mountain stream for a while, then climbing up on the slope of a hill pasture, then dipping down into the open bottom lands and back into the woodlands."
Today's visitor may marvel at the up close details or find the sweeping views breathtaking, and that is how early planners of the Parkway meant for it to be. The variety of experiences is unmatched, and all designed as part of the "rhythm of the road" that makes the Parkway so special for all that enjoy it today.
Did You Know?
Several of the early designers, architects, and engineers of the Blue Ridge Parkway worked together on New York's Westchester County Parkway, incorporating many of the same design elements.