Blue Ridge Parkway

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.

Blue Ridge Parkway Temporary Closure, Detour & Repairs

Blue Ridge Parkway Detour - Roanoke, VirginiaMultiple sections of the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia's Blue Ridge are currently closed for repair projects. There is a closure at Milepost 114 for the Roanoke River Bridge Rehabilitation Project and a closure due to a road failure caused by landslides near Milepost 128.

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 >

NOTE: You can still access Explore Park at Milepost 115 via the Parkway from accessing the road at U.S. 220 (Milepost 121.4) or Mill Mountain (Milepost 120) and traveling north to reach the park.

UPDATE - 4/5/22: According to the National Park Service, the rehabilitation of the Roanoke River Bridge at Milepost 114.7 is expected to be finished in June 2022. Repairs needed to stabilize the slope failures near Milepost 119.7 and Milepost 127.9 are expected to be completed by the end of September 2022. National Park Service News Release > 

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."

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.

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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 Biking

Check out our Blue Ridge Parkway Biking page for learning more about the ways you can enjoy America's Favorite Drive on two wheels!

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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Blue Ridge Parkway

Virginia's Blue Ridge Region, VA
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Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway

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Roanoke, VA 24016
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Roanoke Valley Spotlight

Enjoy beautiful views around every turn along these amazing scenic drives in Virginia's Blue Ridge!