A family in a mid-1900s automobile stopped at an overlook to enjoy the scenery

The Blue Ridge Parkway, often called “America’s Favorite Drive,” was constructed, in part, to connect the Shenandoah National Park in Virginia with the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina. Begun in 1935, the Parkway was also envisioned as the first elongated national park providing automobile travelers access to some of the most spectacular natural scenery in the United States.

Explore some of the stories of this bucolic ribbon of highway riding the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains:

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Mailing Address:

199 Hemphill Knob Rd
Asheville, NC 28803


(828) 348-3400
This number is the main park headquarters line. A recorded park information line at (828)298-0398 has the most updated information on facilities schedules, bloom and leaf information.

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