Blue Ridge Parkway

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Blue Ridge Parkway

The Blue Ridge Parkway is a 469 mile non-commercialized route in the mountains, recognized as America's longest unspoiled roadway. The primary tourist season is May through October. Camping, hiking, fishing, bicycling, picnicking, overlooks and much more. Plenty of spring and fall color to observe. The speed limit is 45 MPH. Motor coaches are allowed on the Parkway, however, short distances are recommended.

The Blue Ridge Parkway begins in Waynesboro, VA at milepost 0, and ends in Cherokee, NC at Milepost 469, connecting the Shenandoah National Park (Skyline Drive) to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The Blue Ridge Parkway runs parallel to Interstate 81 and Route 11. The Roanoke Valley in Virginia's Blue Ridge offers six different entry points to the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Points of Entry for the Parkway:
Milepost 165.3 to Route 8 & Floyd
Milepost 121.5 at US 220
Milepost 115 to Mill Mountain & Downtown Roanoke
Milepost 112.2 to Vinton & Route 24
Milepost 105 to Route 460
Milepost 86 to Route 43 & Peaks of Otter

Major points of interest along the Parkway include:
Mabry Mill
Town of Floyd
Downtown Roanoke
Roanoke Star on Mill Mountain
Town of Vinton
Peaks of Otter



  • Directions: The Roanoke Valley features multiple access points to the Blue Ridge Parkway - including from I-581/US 220.


  • Sunday Hours: Open
  • Monday Hours: Open
  • Tuesday Hours: Open
  • Wednesday Hours: Open
  • Thursday Hours: Open
  • Friday Hours: Open
  • Saturday Hours: Open
  • Additional Information: The Blue Ridge Parkway offers multiple hiking and biking trails throughout the Roanoke Valley.

    The Parkway is occasionally closed due to inclement weather, which can create unsafe conditions.
  • Difficulty Level: Easy-Moderate

The Roanoke Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau
101 Shenandoah Avenue NE | Roanoke, VA 24016
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