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Welcome to our book club guide related to our book collection about the Blue Ridge Parkway! Our collection includes books about the history of the Parkway, hiking, motorcycling and road tour guides, as well as books about the many other activities to be enjoyed along the Parkway. This guide offers information about the books, reviews and information about the authors, some of whom live in or worked in the Blue Ridge Mountains!

Have a book you would like reviewed or considered for addition to our collection? Please complete our convenient contact form so we can inform you of how to submit a copy.

Would you like to submit a book review and share your opinions with other Parkway enthusiasts? Please submit it by using our contact form. We will let you know if we have posted it on our web site.

We hope you will enjoy these books and that this information will be useful in planning your trip and adventures along the Blue Ridge Parkway.


  • Best Easy Day Hikes: Blue Ridge ParkwayWaterfalls of the Blue Ridge by Nicole Blouin, Steve Bordonaro, and Marilou Wier Bordonaro

    The authors draw on the expertise of the park service, chambers of commerce, the forest service, other agencies and organizations, and individuals to compile the comprehensive hiking and waterfall location information available in this easy to use book.


  • Best Easy Day Hikes: Blue Ridge ParkwayBest Easy Day Hikes: Blue Ridge Parkway by Randy Johnson

    Spanning the border between Virginia and North Carolina, the Blue Ridge Parkway is the most heavily visited unit of the National Park system. These short, easy hikes will entice the more than twenty million annual visitors to stretch their legs and hit the trail. At-a-glance information and maps will help readers determine which hikes are the best for them.


  • Blue Ridge Parkway Book: America's Favorite JourneyBlue Ridge Parkway Book: America's Favorite Journey by J. Scott Graham and Elizabeth C. Hunter

    J. Scott Graham and award-winning author Elizabeth C. Hunter combine their unique talents in Blue Ridge Parkway: America's Favorite Journey, the first coffee-table book ever produced about the National Park system's most popular site. Take a ride through 144 pages of stunning photographs and fascinating tales as only these two mountain natives can create.


  • Guide to The Blue Ridge ParkwayGuide to the Blue Ridge Parkway by Victoria Logue, Frank Logue, and Nicole Blouin

    A national treasure that was designed to be enjoyed from the seat of a car, the Blue Ridge Parkway reveals the beauty and splendor of the Blue Ridge Mountains. If you are planning a visit or are already on your way, you'll want a copy of the Guide to the Blue Ridge Parkway to discover all that the Parkway has to offer.


  • Images of America: Building the Blue Ridge ParkwayImages of America: Building the Blue Ridge Parkway by Karen J Hall and FRIENDS of the Blue Ridge Parkway

    Karen J. Hall accounts the behind the scenes construction for the Blue Ridge Parkway which began as a dream in the late 1800s and became reality in 1983 when the 469-mile scenic highway was completed.


  • The Blue Ridge Parkway by Foot: A Park Ranger's MemoirThe Blue Ridge Parkway by Foot: A Park Ranger's Memoir by Tim Pegram

    Tim Pegram chronicles his one-of-a-kind backpacking trip along the 469-mile road including his observations and recollections regarding the Blue Ridge Parkway. The book begins with his experience as a summer college intern and continues to cover the twelve years he spent working as a ranger on the Parkway.


  • Super-Scenic Motorway: A Blue Ridge Parkway HistorySuper-Scenic Motorway: A Blue Ridge Parkway History by Anne Mitchell Whisnant

    Anne Mitchell Whisnant reveals what the Parkway’s seemingly unruffled scenery tends to obscure: the road owes its appearance as much to the negotiated resolution of conflicts as it does to the natural features of the mountains or the work of landscape designers. Whisnant concludes that debates over how best to preserve and manage the Parkway for the public good within a changing regional and national context will continue for some time to come.



Would you like to submit a book review and share your opinions with other Parkway enthusiasts? Please submit it by using our contact form. We will let you know if we have posted it on our web site.

  • 5 Star ReviewWaterfall guide extrordinaire, Waterfalls of the Blue Ridge, January 20, 2008

    My wife & I travelled the Blue Ridge Parkway to North Carolina to photograph waterfalls. This book was indispensable and formed our principal reference and tour guide.
    An excellent value at twice the price.

  • 5 Star ReviewHappy Hiking, Best Easy Day Hikes: Blue Ridge Parkway, March 2, 2006

    Now that I have retired to Florida I don't get to climb anything higher than Mt. Dora. I am looking forward to some of the great hikes described in this guide this summer.

  • 5 Star ReviewBlue Ridge Parkway Guide Book, Guide to the Blue Ridge Parkway, March 2, 2006

    This book was so much more than I expected. It is very detailed in any and all aspects. All sites along the drive are marked by mile markers right down to the tenth of a mile. There is a brief section that tells about the history of the area. Other sites, stops, overlooks and points of interest are well documented. There are also sidebars to the wildlife that are native to the region. There is a section dedicated to what plants and flowers are in bloom(Bloom Calendar)from Jan. through Dec. Campgrounds are marked by mile markers and they specifically tell how many tent and/or RV sites are available as well as the elevation. Trailheads are marked by state. Tunnels are also marked by mile marker and length. However, the height clearance was not. A must have book for first time and repeat visitors. I also recommend "GUIDE TO THE NATCHEZ TRACE PARKWAY". It is by another author but has the same format.

  • 5 Star Review One guide to rule them all, Guide to the Blue Ridge Parkway, June 30, 2004

    I was on the B.R. PKWY and needed something more than the simple park map to figure out where the interesting hikes and views were. This book does it and does it well. I have been on the pkwy many times, but some of the history had eluded me until I got to glance through this guide. My buddy liked it so much, he bought his own just because I was always reading it. If you are going to drive the pkwy, I would recommend this book to help you get the most out of your trip.
  • 5 Star Review Fascinating, Super-Scenic Motorway, November 13, 2006

    "Super-Scenic Motorway" tells a fascinating history of the Blue Ridge Parkway -- just one small piece of the entire history, but an important and, as the author points out, a neglected one. At the heart of the book, Ms. Whisnant tells four stories to illustrate the impact of the political process, largely (but not exclusively) at the administrative level, on land acquisitions for the Parkway route. As noted in the Epilogue, other examples could have served the purpose, but the four, the Peaks of Otter in Virginia, and Little Switzerland, Grandfather Mountain, and the Cherokee lands in North Carolina, are well chosen, exhaustively researched and documented, and "to her credit" [a phrase I just had to throw in -- you'll have to read the book to find out why], fairly told.
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  • 5 Star Review A View of the Parkway Via Larger Historical Forces, Super-Scenic Motorway, December 25, 2006

    Anne M. Whisnant has written not only an analytical work with penetrating insights into the difficulties of creating recreational spaces for the public good but has managed to do it with beautiful and engaging prose. The first work on the Parkway not to get bogged down into trivial details about the construction process (as a response to Harley Jolley's work), Super-Scenic Motorway uses several vignettes to highlight how the Parkway came to be, what it was supposed to represent in the eyes of many different groups, and the difficult choices inherent in pursuing a public good.
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  • Randy Johnson

    Randy Johnson stood on his first mountaintop on a bitterly cold Boy Scout camping trip in the Virginia Blue Ridge. He has lived near the Parkway most of his life and has repeatedly hiked the high road’s trails and driven its entire length.

  • Tim Pegram

    Freelance writer Tim Pegram is a former park ranger and lives in Oak Ridge, North Carolina.

  • Anne Mitchell Whisnant

    Anne's study of the history of the Blue Ridge Parkway began in 1991, spurred by a love of the mountains nurtured in seven summers spent during her youth at Lake Junaluska United Methodist Assembly in western North Carolina.


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