The Parkway offers over one hundred trails that provide visitors with an intimate, up-close view of the wilderness that surrounds one of the most scenic drives in America. These trails provide dazzling images of captivating vistas, wildflowers on rolling pastures, scenic mountain waterfalls, and serene forests of unimaginable beauty. Trails are suited for all levels of hiking experience and range from leisurely strolls to difficult boulder-filled pathways.
Please note that we currently do not have all Parkway trail maps available on this web site. For a complete list of Parkway trails, you should visit our parkway tour.
Online Blue Ridge Parkway Trail Maps
Commercial Blue Ridge Parkway Trail Maps
Sometimes we can't get everything we want for free . . . and a lot of copyrighted maps can't be placed on our web site for you to download and print. However, the good folks over at the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation's online store have decided to make as many available as possible so that you can better plan your trip and make the best out of your experience.
We personally recommend the National Geographic Trails Illustrated map series of the Blue Ridge Mountains as they provide some of the best topographical information available for trail hiking and planning. These maps are produced on weatherproof paper and are tear-resistant.
The other thing we have found is that they are for more than just the avid Parkway hiker . . . they are for the avid Blue Ridge Mountain hiker also. The maps show most of the trails available on the parkway, but they cover a region skirting the Parkway 30 miles to each side. With this kind of coverage and all the other state and national parks in the Blue Ridge Parkway region, then you can experience a year's worth of hikes in one convenient map. Did we mention there are over 10 in the Blue Ridge series!!!
In 2007, National Geographic really outdid themselves when they launched the Appalachian Mountain Explorer 3D software product. WOW. The CD-ROM contains each of the region's Trails Illustrated maps and more. With it, you can choose which trails you plan to hike and then print out elevation profiles, topo maps, and import GPS coordinates into your hand-held GPS unit. Plus, they even give you a few free sheets of the same weather proof paper that their regular maps are printed on. Why? So you can use them in your inkjet or laser printer.
We might sound like a commercial, but there's no other way for us to express how helpful these maps can be for your Parkway adventure... and that's our mission.
Visit the Virtual Blue Ridge Bookstore for a complete list of these National Geographic Trails Illustrated maps.