Blue Ridge Parkway - Wildlife

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Nestled in the Appalachian Mountains, the Blue Ridge Parkway near Roanoke, VA, offers exceptional wildlife viewing and birding opportunities across its 400-mile stretch. Diverse habitats, from lush forests to open meadows, create ideal conditions for spotting a variety of creatures. Birdwatchers will delight in the chance to observe numerous avian species, including colorful songbirds, majestic raptors, and migratory birds. Binoculars in hand, visitors can spot warblers, woodpeckers, and soaring hawks along the Parkway's scenic route. But the wildlife spectacle doesn't end with birds. From white-tailed deer grazing in meadows to black bears ambling through forests, the Parkway is a haven for diverse wildlife. Patient observers may even catch glimpses of foxes, bobcats, and elusive coyotes. Whether driving, hiking, or simply enjoying the view from overlooks, visitors can immerse themselves in nature's wonders along the Blue Ridge Parkway near Roanoke, VA, and discover the rich biodiversity that thrives in this iconic landscape.

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  • Directions: The Roanoke Valley features multiple access points to the Blue Ridge Parkway - including from I-581/US 220.
  • 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
  • Friday Hours: Open
  • Monday Hours: Open
  • Saturday Hours: Open
  • Sunday Hours: Open
  • Thursday Hours: Open
  • Tuesday Hours: Open
  • Wednesday Hours: Open