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Blue Ridge Parkway

Couple - Blue Ridge ParkwayThe Blue Ridge Parkway winds through the heart of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains. At 469 miles, this scenic drive winds along the Blue Ridge Mountains and offers visitors the opportunity to enjoy some of the best mountain views in the world.

The Parkway is operated by the National Park Service and is the most visited unit in the National Park System.

Travelers can take the Parkway north out of the Roanoke Valley and make their way to Shenandoah National Park and Skyline Drive or south toward Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Grandfather Mountain in North Carolina.

The Blue Ridge Parkway also connects you to interesting locations in Virginia's Blue Ridge. The Parkway is only a 10-minute drive from Downtown Roanoke and there are six different entry points to this world-famous road throughout the region.

When traveling on the Blue Ridge Parkway, visitors have the opportunity to enjoy a variety of experiences.

The following resources can help you plan your time on this historic landmark that has been named "America's Favorite Drive."

History of the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Helpful tips while traveling on the Blue Ridge Parkway. 

Blue Ridge Parkway Map

Navigate your way along the Blue Ridge Parkway using the map below or this Roanoke Valley Parkway Map, which includes the key points of entry to the Parkway from Virginia's Blue Ridge. Take advantage of the Interactive Map and other resources on the Blue Ridge Parkway website to enhance your drive.

Blue Ridge Parkway Thumbnail Map

Blue Ridge Parkway Camping

Camping on the Blue Ridge Parkway presents an exciting outdoor adventure in Virginia's Blue Ridge. These campgrounds in our region are located within close proximity of the Parkway:

Blue Ridge Parkway Hiking

The Blue Ridge Parkway offers more than just an incredible drive - it's also home to some fantastic trails. Visit some of the most popular hiking trails on the Parkway in Virginia's Blue Ridge:

See a complete list of hiking trails on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia.

Blue Ridge Parkway Lodging

After a full day of driving on the Blue Ridge Parkway, take advantage of the many overnight accommodations available in Virginia's Blue Ridge. Some comfortable places near the Parkway to rest for the night are:

Blue Ridge Parkway Closures

Due to occasional construction projects and inclement weather, portions of the Blue Ridge Parkway are forced to close. Fortunately, the National Park Service maintains updated information about closures on the Parkway on its website.

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Best Trail Town

Over 600 miles of hiking and biking trails have earned the Roanoke Valley the distinction of being the "Best Trail Town" in the Blue Ridge Mountains.