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

    Blue Ridge

    Parkway NC,VA


A vista from the southern end of the Parkway

Approaching clouds can serve as a warning

NPS photo

Summer along the Parkway means cooler than normal temperatures, especially at the higher ower elevations. It is always a good idea to carry an extra jacket or blanket and a few emergency supplies in the car. Be aware of changing weather conditions and approaching weather systems.

The Parkway varies in elevation from just under 650 feet at Virginia's James River to over 6,000 feet south of Mount Pisgah in North Carolina. Obviously, the weather can vary tremendously as well. Check your favorite weather-related web site for the Parkway town closest to where you plan to visit.

Did You Know?

Catawba rhododendron at Craggy Gardens

There are twenty six tunnels on the Blue Ridge Parkway, but only one in Virginia. This is primarily because the North Carolina mountains are more rugged than those in Virginia.