When the National Park Service was born in 1916, it was given two goals: first to protect the park and second to provide ways for visitors to enjoy the park. Today on the Blue Ridge Parkway it is possible to hike, camp, rock climb, hang glide, fish for trout, bicycle... almost any activity that does not damage the park or endanger other visitors.
Explore the Parkway in Virginia
The Parkway through Virginia offers spectacular views and interesting examples of Appalachian culture. For interesting driving, you're in the right place, because nowhere else on the Parkway can you see such a variety of countryside, dipping from ridge top to valley floor and proceeding through pastoral rolling farmland.
» Developed areas in Virgina
Explore the Parkway in North Carolina
Generally, the Parkway sections of North Carolina are higher in elevation and more rugged in their beauty. The road itself reaches over 6,000 feet south of Asheville. From Milepost 355 south, the Parkway leaves the Blue Ridge and follows other mountain chains into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
» Developed areas in North Carolina
Other Blue Ridge Parkway Activities