Blue Ridge Parkway - Now Open!

The National Park Service announced the slope repairs between Milepost 121.4 and 136 are complete and the entire portion of the Blue Ridge Parkway in the Roanoke Region is now open to motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians. Please be mindful of wildlife when traveling in the area. National Park Service News Release >


Fall Colors on the Blue Ridge Parkway

Fall Foliage on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia's Blue Ridge

The Blue Ridge Parkway is one of the best places to see fall colors in Virginia’s Blue Ridge. 

With multiple access points, scenic overlooks, and a great network of trails for hiking and biking, the Blue Ridge Parkway, which is maintained by the National Park Service, offers amazing outdoor adventures and stunning views during the fall season.

As the temperatures get cooler and the leaves begin to change colors, the Blue Ridge Parkway becomes decorated with incredible landscapes full of gorgeous red, yellow, and orange trees and mountains.

Peaks of Otter - Blue Ridge Parkway

The Blue Ridge Parkway is regularly named one of the best roads in the United States for a drive through the fall colors, and it’s also a world-class route for road cycling and motorcycle touring.

The Virginia’s Blue Ridge region typically reaches peak fall color season from mid-to-late October through early November, which is the best time to plan your visit to see gorgeous fall foliage. Due to the size of the region and changes in elevation, peak fall color will occur at various times in different locations, with higher elevations traditionally seeing peak color first.

View our Fall Color Schedule for more information >

Iron Mine Hollow Overlook - Blue Ridge Parkway, Virginia

As a 469 mile road that makes its way through Virginia & North Carolina, the Blue Ridge Parkway passes through many towns and communities. Roanoke and Virginia’s Blue Ridge is the largest metropolitan area along the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia, offering over 1,000 miles of trails for outdoor recreation, as well as an exciting collection of local attractions, special events, things to do, and lots of options for overnight accommodations.

It’s the perfect destination to serve as the base for your fall getaway to the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Virginia’s Blue Ridge offers convenient access to nearly 80 miles of the Blue Ridge Parkway, with eight different entry points between Milepost 86 to Milepost 165. Map of the Blue Ridge Parkway in VBR >

Blue Ridge Parkway Fall Colors - Roanoke, Virginia

The following are some of the best outdoor activities to enjoy during the fall season on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia's Blue Ridge.

Fall on the Blue Ridge Parkway - Outdoor Recreation

When you're not checking out the fall colors along the Blue Ridge Parkway, take advantage of the many charming small towns and vibrant cities located within close proximity of America's Favorite Drive.

Experience the scenic beauty and history of the Town of Buchanan in Botetourt County, explore the local museums and shops in Downtown Roanoke, the unique restaurant and craft beverage scene in the Town of Vinton, and the classic traditions of live music in the Town of Floyd.

Start planning your next metro mountain adventure in Virginia's Blue Ridge

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