Enjoy beautiful views around every turn along these amazing scenic drives in Virginia's Blue Ridge!
Virginia's Blue Ridge is now open in the Phase Three stage of the Commonwealth's Forward Virginia plan. Learn more about the program and what it means for various types of businesses & experiences in the region with our Phase Three Guidelines page. Phase Three >
The Blue Ridge Parkway makes its way 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.
As a result of heavy rains and landslides, the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia's Blue Ridge is currently closed from Milepost 115.5 to Milepost 135.9. There are multiple road hazards (Milepost 119.7 and Milepost 127.9).
Repairs at the smaller of these hazards (milepost 119.7) will take place first, in an effort to reopen the section from the Explore Park Access Rd (milepost 115.5) to U.S. 220 (milepost 121.4) by fall of 2020. Learn more in the National Park Service News Release >
We've created a special Blue Ridge Parkway Detour Route for information about things to do in the area and recommended directions for accessing the Parkway around these closures. Parkway Detour Info >
The 2020 forecast is calling for peak fall color in Virginia's Blue Ridge during mid to late October. See the fall foliage forecast >
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 eight 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, including Mabry Mill - one of the most photographed spots on the Parkway and an icon of the region, as well as Explore Park and the Peaks of Otter.
The following resources can help you plan your time on this historic landmark that has been named "America's Favorite Drive."
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.
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:
Check out our Blue Ridge Parkway Biking page for learning more about the ways you can enjoy America's Favorite Drive on two wheels!
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:
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:
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.