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Your Guide to Blue Ridge Parkway

Take a trip to Blue Ridge Parkway. This guide includes hours, weather, fees, maps, and directions. Make a copy and use it for yourself!

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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.

Contact Information

Phone: 8283483400

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:

Sunday: All Day

Monday: All Day

Tuesday: All Day

Wednesday: All Day

Thursday: All Day

Friday: All Day

Saturday: All Day