The Parkway connects Shenandoah National Park near Waynesboro, VA (Milepost 0) with Great Smoky Mountains National Park near Cherokee, NC (Milepost 469). There are entrances and exits at all major federal and state highways and part of a Parkway experience is getting into the towns and communities of the region. Asheville and Boone, NC and Roanoke, VA are the largest cities along the way. In Virginia, Interstates 64, 81, and 77 all have directions for accessing the Parkway. The same is true for Interstates 40 and 26 in North Carolina. You can view the map on our website and pick it up at visitor centers along the Parkway.
Car GPS units do not often work well on the Parkway. We do not have very many addresses outside of our milepost along the Parkway, which are often not recognized by the device. You are better off using the GPS to get you near the Parkway, for example, an adjacent town, and then following the signs and using a map.
Be sure to look at our real-time road closure map before driving to the Parkway, as construction or weather related closures may be in effect.
If you are traveling here in an alternative fuel vehicle, thanks for helping us reduce greenhouse gas emissions and reduce petroleum use. Plan your trip with the Department of Energy's "Alternative Fueling Station Locator."
NPS photo- Peter Hamel
While driving, keep your eyes out for the mile markers along the Parkway. They measure out each mile for you so you know how far you have gone. Our map is also milepost referenced, so you can use this to help you find the location of each place along the way.