Things To Do
The Parkway provides wonderful opportunities for:
Hiking - The Parkway offers 100 trails ranging from short "leg-stretcher" walks to the Appalachian Trail.
Music - Enjoy the music and dance heritage of the mountains at many Parkway locations, especially on the weekends. The calendar of events will give you the details of when and where music is available.
Wildflowers & Fall Colors - The Parkway provides an excellent location for both wildflower walks in the springtime and brilliant leaf color in the autumn. May is probably the best month for wildflowers. Look for Rhododendron in mid June!
Photography - The combination of historical and natural areas make the park an excellent destination for photographers.
Historical and Cultural Demonstrations - Several developed areas offer hands-on demonstrations of mountain life and culture.
Ranger Guided Walks and Evening Programs - During the summer season, most developed areas offer evening programs, or more traditional campfire programs, along with guided walks and special programs.
Horseback Riding - In the Roanoke area and at the Moses H. Cone Estate, horseback riding trails are available.
Birdwatching - Because the Appalachian Mountains shape the flyway for most eastern migratory birds, the Parkway is an excellent place for both birdwatching and autumn migratory bird counts.
Did You Know?
The first contract for work on the Blue Ridge Parkway, awarded to Nello Teer Construction Company of Durham, NC in the height of the Great Depression, was for over $316,000. Teer purchased a new steam shovel for the project!