Your Guide to Blue Ridge Parkway
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.
The parkway is a 469-mile-long scenic road connecting Shenandoah National Park in Virginia to Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina. Numerous federal and state highways provide access to the parkway. Milepost markers are positioned every mile along the parkway, starting at 0 in Virginia and ending at 469 in North Carolina. We suggest using a map to identify the area you want to visit, as GPS directions often do not incorporate the parkway's milepost system.
GPS: lat:35.5657195273801, long:-82.4864845870113
Physical address: Milepost 384, Asheville, NC, 28803
Mailing address: 199 Hemphill Knob Rd, Asheville, NC, 28803
Driving the parkway is free.
The weather on the parkway can vary widely along its 469-mile route.
Precipitation is possible any time of the year.
Winter can be cold and snowy, especially at the higher elevations.
Spring and fall can have large temperature swings, from near freezing to over 80 degrees Fahrenheit.
Summers are hot in the lower elevations, but the highest elevations remain cooler.
Summertime thunderstorms are common, so be prepared for weather changes.
Hours for Parkway Road Hours
The road is open 24 hours a day, weather permitting. Road closures due to inclement weather occur most frequently during winter. Check our road closure map to verify that the parkway is open before traveling. Visitor centers and other facilities have hours and seasons that vary. Most picnic areas, campgrounds, and visitor centers are closed from the beginning of November until early May. View closures: https://www.nps.gov
Sunday: All Day
Monday: All Day
Tuesday: All Day
Wednesday: All Day
Thursday: All Day
Friday: All Day
Saturday: All Day