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

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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 »

  • A traffic light on the Blue Ridge Parkway?

    Parkway officials urge all visitors to observe timers set on stop lights from MP242.4 at Alligator Back Parking Area to MP241. Work in the area involves 24-hour, 1-lane traffic control until November 2, 2014, when a full closure goes into effect.

Animals

Snapping turtle 4 - NPS Bob Cherry photo

Snapping Turtle

NPS - Bob Cherry

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?

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The Parkway will be depicted on North Carolina's version of the "America the Beautiful" quarter in 2015.