The Blue Ridge Parkway is a 469-mile drive that connects Shenandoah National Park and Great Smoky Mountains National Park. For those unable to make the entire trip, smaller sections of the Parkway offer adventure and convenience without ever leaving your car.
Access to the Parkway is offered at several intersections to major roads and highways. Access points and alternate roads can be used to create a loop drive, allowing you to enjoy a section of the Parkway and return to your starting destination. You can also use the access points to add a section of the Parkway to a longer journey.
Map Your Course
- Check out the Parkway Map to find access points and connecting roads to major highways.
- Use the road closure map to get real-time updates of closed Parkway sections. Closures may happen suddenly and without warning.
- Read more about directions and getting around on the Parkway.
- Typically, 30 miles on the Parkway is about an hour’s drive. The Parkway's maximum speed limit is 45 mph, and is often less than that. Plan more time for bad weather, seasonal traffic, or if you are unused to mountain roads.
- There are no gas stations along the Parkway, but several just off the Parkway at access points, so plan accordingly to fill up along the way.
- Want to make your drive an overnight experience? The parkway has several campgrounds and two lodges open in season (late spring through fall, typically).
- Check out our driving safety page to have a fun and safe adventure.
- Cruising in a motor home? Check tunnel heights to make sure your route is safe.
What to See
- Find popular destinations along the Parkway if you want to stretch your legs.
- 382 overlooks scattered throughout the Parkway offer easy places to pull over or see incredible views from the car.
Major Access Points
Major US and state highway Access points with corresponding mileposts:
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