Winter Road Status
During winter months, the Parkway may experience multiple closures due to snow and ice. Road closures on any given day reflect the varying elevations and weather conditions across this 469-mile park. Real time road information is available at this link. More »
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Blue Ridge Parkway
In an area of increasing urbanization, the Blue Ridge Parkway provides wildlife with a 469-mile long refuge. From mountaintops to valley bottoms, small seeps to large rivers, and agricultural fields to old growth forests, the Parkway offers a wide range of habitats for a wide range of animal species. As animals continue to lose their habitats on adjoining lands, they can still be found in the forests and streams along the Parkway.
More than fifty species of mammals, ranging in size from black bears down to shrews, have been found on the Parkway. Over 150 types of birds nest on Parkway lands and dozens of others rest themselves here on their spring and fall migrations. The list goes on with about 40 species each of amphibians and reptiles, down to an untold number of invertebrates.
Several animals that were extirpated from the Southern Appalachians are now making a comeback. Beavers, peregrine falcons and river otters, not long ago gone from the Southern Appalachians can now be found along the Parkway. Others that were reduced to low numbers, such as wild turkeys and black bears, are making a strong comeback. Together these animals help to restore the biological health of the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Did You Know?
The Parkway is one of the most ecologically diverse areas in the world with about 100 varieties of trees, 1,600 plant species, 54 mammals, and 159 species of birds.