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

Weather, road status, operating hours, permits and reservations, and more.

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History and Culture

Explore the history of the Parkway

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Black Bears

Learn what to do if you see a bear.

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Things To Do

Hiking, bicycling, concerts, picnicking, and camping...It's all here.

Humpback Rocks Visitor Center, a small, classic national park style building, with azaleas blooming.

Visitor Centers

Your first stop for parkway information, maps, and touring recommendations.

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Sleep under the stars at one of the parkway's eight campgrounds.

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Directions and Maps

View maps of the park and get traffic and travel tips.

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Hiking Trails

Explore some of the Parkway's hiking trails.

A snowy scene in the Parkway's High Country.

Road Closure Map

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

Last updated: April 20, 2020

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

199 Hemphill Knob Rd
Asheville, NC 28803


(828) 348-3400

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