America's Favorite Drive

A Blue Ridge Parkway experience is unlike any other: a slow-paced and relaxing drive revealing stunning long-range vistas and close-up views of the rugged mountains and pastoral landscapes of the Appalachian Highlands. The Parkway meanders for 469 miles, protecting a diversity of plants and animals, and providing opportunities for enjoying all that makes this region of the country so special.

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Plan Your Visit

The Parkway is 469 miles long and the experience of the drive can vary throughout the year. Plan your trip along the Parkway.

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Basic Information

Information about weather, road status, operating hours, permits and reservations, and more.

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Parkway Nature

Learn about the plants and animals of the Parkway.

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Music and Concerts

Enjoy traditional music from the Southern Appalachians.

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Hiking along the Parkway

There are over 300 miles of trails along the Parkway. Find your new favorite hike!

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Places to Go

Popular destinations along the Parkway

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Road Closure Map

Severe weather can cause temporary closures along the Parkway. Check this map for current closures.

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History and Culture

Explore the history of the Parkway

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Calendar of Events

Enjoy a ranger-led program, watch a cultural demonstration, or listen to some toe-tapping mountain music.

Last updated: September 5, 2017

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

199 Hemphill Knob Rd
Asheville, NC 28803

Phone:

(828) 348-3400

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