The Blue Ridge Parkway runs along the eastern border of the legendary Shenandoah Valley. At each Parkway entrance a directional sign indicates ‘north’ or ‘south’. North, toward the north end of the Parkway, leads to Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park. South, toward the south end of the Parkway, leads to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Outstanding scenery and recreational opportunities make the Blue Ridge Parkway one of the most popular units of the National Park System. “America’s Favorite Drive” winds its way 469 miles through mountain meadows and past seemingly endless vistas. Split-rail fences, old farmsteads and historic structures complement spectacular views of distant mountains and neighboring valleys.
The Parkway incorporates several recreation areas, some exceeding 6,000 acres. These parks within the Parkway have visitor centers, campgrounds, picnic areas, trails and, in many instances, concessionaire-operated lodges, restaurants, and other facilities.
The Blue Ridge Parkway is open year round, weather permitting. Write for a free information pack containing maps, a Blue Ridge Parkway Directory, and additional material.
The Blue Ridge Parkway is more than a road – it’s a beautiful journey!