There are a lot of small things all visitors can do to help make everyone’s stay in national parks more enjoyable. We prefer to think of them as niceties rather than rules, ways of being polite to the other people who enjoy coming to the Parkway as much as you do.
Quiet hours are in effect from 10 p.m. until 6 a.m. Camping can be a great adventure and a special thrill for kids, but remember that most visitors come to the campgrounds hoping for peace and quiet.
Always make sure your fire is completely out before leaving. Hot summer days dry out the forest, making wildfire a real threat to the Parkway lands.
Be aware of faster drivers and pull off at an overlook to let people pass. Although the speed limit along the Parkway is 45 mph (35 mph in developed areas), some visitors prefer to take their time. Do not drive faster than you are comfortable, but use the overlooks to let traffic that backs up behind you get by.
Remember to share the road. Cars are not the only vehicles allowed on the Parkway. Bikes are very popular because of the great views and low speed limits. If you are in a car always be on the lookout for bike traffic and hikers.
Please leave things as you find them. The Parkway boasts many old cabins, interesting rock formations, and other historical and natural wonders. While it may be tempting to leave a reminder of your visit, remember that any kind of vandalism is destructive and ruins the natural site for others.
Recycle. Picnics usually produce a lot of trash. There are bins at overlooks and picnic areas for any trash.
It is best to find the nearest overlook to park your car. The Parkway is a beautiful road to drive, and you will probably see many places that you want to explore further. If you do decide to park on the grass, your car should be far enough off of the road so you can enter and exit without stepping into traffic.
Try to stick to the established trails on your hikes. For anyone who likes to hike, the trails along the Parkway can provide hours upon hours of enjoyment, but a few steps off the trail to go exploring can lead to problems for you, the rangers, and the wildlife.
Bicycle only on roads. Some visitors crave excitement and bypass hiking for sports like rock and ice climbing, cross-country skiing, and mountain biking. Bikes are welcome on the roadway but are too hard on the trails.
When in doubt about an activity, check with the nearest visitor contact station to see if it is allowed in your area.
Above all, enjoy the view, but watch the road.