A vista from the southern end of the Parkway
Approaching clouds can serve as a warning

NPS photo

The Parkway varies in elevation from just under 650 feet at Virginia's James River to over 6,000 feet south of Mount Pisgah in North Carolina. Obviously, the weather can vary tremendously as well. Higher elevations can be in the clouds and cause foggy driving conditions, so be aware that if it is a grey and cloudy day, you may have poor visibility.

Summer along the Parkway means cooler than normal temperatures, especially at the higher elevations. It is always a good idea to carry an extra jacket or blanket and a few emergency supplies in the car. Be aware of changing weather conditions and approaching weather systems, as summer heat can bring afternoon summer thunderstorms most days. Luckily, these storms pass quickly!

Check your favorite weather-related web site for the Parkway town closest to where you plan to visit.

You can find up-to-date and real-time conditions as well as live stream webcams from numerous Parkway locations at BRPWeather.


Contact the Park

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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