Welcome to the Virtual Blue Ridge Parkway library. Use this page to explore our collection of general guidebooks, activity-specific books, nature guides, histories, maps, and more. Learn about the foremost Parkway authors, many of whom live and work in the Blue Ridge Mountains. And when you’re done, visit the Virtual Blue Ridge Bookstore for ordering information on these books and other Parkway products.
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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.
Blue Ridge Parkway Books
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.Book Details Buy Now
Bicycling the Blue Ridge by Elizabeth and Charlie Skinner covers every inch of the 574-mile path between Front Royal, Virginia, and Cherokee, North Carolina. Written with racers, touring cyclists, and recreational cyclists in mind, this new edition continues as the definitive guide to a cyclist’s dream road, offering completely updated information on lodging, bike shops, campgrounds, and more.Book Details Buy Now
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.Book Details Buy Now
Each Trails Illustrated map contains detailed topographic information, clearly marked trails, recreational points of interest, and navigational aids. National Park series maps contain useful details for planning your visit. State series titles cover popular recreation areas, ideal for done-in-a-day activities.Map Details Buy Now
The stunning wildlife along the Blue Ridge Parkway attracts more than 14 million annual visitors from near and far for viewing and photographing opportunities. This information-packed, pocket-size field guide features more than 200 species of mammals, birds, insects, fish, wildflowers, mushrooms and more in a convenient, portable package.Book Details Buy Now
The most comprehensive guide for the waterfalls of North Carolina. This edition includes over 600 waterfalls with detailed directions and ratings. There are over 100 color photographs and a special section about how to photograph waterfalls in general with specific hints for each individual waterfall. This is a must have for waterfall photographers.Book Details Buy Now
A field guide to common wildflowers of the Southern Appalachian Mountains, including Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and the Chattahoochee National Forest. Full-color photographs and line drawings will help you identify over 300 common wildflower species.Book Details Buy Now
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.Book Details Buy Now