The Blue Ridge Parkway is many things:
- It is the longest road planned as a single unit in the United States.
- It is an elongated park, protecting significant mountain landscapes far beyond the shoulders of the road itself.
- It is a series of parks providing the visitor access to high mountain passes, a continuous series of panoramic views, the boundaries of its limited right-of-way rarely apparent and miles of the adjacent countryside seemingly a part of the protected scene.
- It is a "museum of the managed American countryside," preserving the roughhewn log cabin of the mountain pioneer, the summer home of a textile magnate, and traces of early industries such as logging, railways, and an old canal.
- It is the product of a series of major public works projects which provided a boost to the travel and tourism industry and helped the Appalachian region climb out the depths of the Great Depression.
- Stretching almost 500 miles along the crest of the Blue Ridge mountains through North Carolina and Virginia, it encompasses some of the oldest settlements of both pre-historic and early European settlement.
The Blue Ridge Parkway is all these things and more.
Learn more about the Parkway
- "Driving Through Time - the Digital Blue Ridge Parkway" explores the history of this spectacular scenic drive online. Educational materials for classroom use are included on the site.