The Blue Ridge Parkway connects Shenandoah National Park on its north side to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park on its south side. It travels through four U.S. Forest Service areas and close to several other national parks and countless state parks and wilderness areas. Depending on what section of the Parkway you are visiting, these adjacent parks are always worth a visit.
Shenandoah National Park
Just north of the Parkway, Shenandoah National Park runs across the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia, between the Shenandoah River and Valley on the west and the rolling hills of the Virginia Piedmont on the east.
New River State Park
In the northwestern corner of North Carolina, the north and south forks of the New River flow north from headwaters in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Winding over 100 miles through forested mountains and pastoral valleys, the forks join a few miles south of the North Carolina-Virginia line. The New River continues its unusual northward flow […]
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is on the southern end of the Blue Ridge Parkway, straddling the border between North Carolina and Tennessee.