The Blue Ridge Parkway, sometimes called “America’s Favorite Drive”, is the most visited parkway of America’s National Park System. A drive down the Blue Ridge Parkway provides stunning, long range vistas and close-up looks at the natural and cultural history of the southern Appalachian mountains. It is designed as a drive-awhile and stop-awhile experienci so please don’t be in a hurry. The speed limit on the Blue Ridge Parkway is 45mph.
Whether you travel north, south, east or west, few parts of this country compare to the natural beauty you’ll find along the Blue Ridge Parkway. As it meanders through North Carolina and Virginia, and continues into the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee; you’ll marvel at the lush hillsides, abundant wildlife, and quaint, picturesque cities and towns.
The Blue Ridge Parkway history is full of colorful characters and hard working, determined supporters. The road was not easily built, nor was the route easily determined. Several excellent Blue Ridge Parkway histories have been written and many Blue Ridge Parkway bi are available at the visitor contact centers along the Parkway.
The Blue Ridge Parkway begins at Milepost 0 between Waynesboro and Afton in Virginia and ends 469 miles away in Western North Carolina in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
The Blue Ridge Parkway is 469 miles of pristine beautiful mountain vistas known worldwide for its preservation, greenery, fall colors and outdoor recreation for all ages. The Blue Ridge Parkway averages 20 million visitors, tourists, and travelers per year. Visitation builds during the spring and summer and peaks in the months of October when the fall leaves changes the parkway into a beautiful kaleidoscope of colors.
There are many overlooks on the Blue Ridge Parkway, some overlooks are better than others and have great views for digital photography and video.
“Some woud wish for the pristine beauty of these tree-clad mountains unspoiled – but this is idle – there has been imposition of man on nature and this was the condition we had to work with in developing the Parkway…Your composition is one of fields and fences, lakes and streams, and hills and valleys; and your problem is that of placing your roadway in a position as best to reveal them.”
– Stanley Abbott 1958 – Blue Ridge Parkway Architect
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Mile Posts mark each mile of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Mile Post or (MP for short) 0 is located at the entrance to the Syline Drive in the Shenandoah National Park Va. MP 469 is located at the Cherokee Indian Reservation in The Great Smoky Mountains North Carolina Mile...
The Blue Ridge Parkway follows the Appalachian Mountain chain for seemingly endless views of parallel ranges connected by cross ranges and scattered hills. From Shenandoah National Park the parkway follows the Blue Ridge, eastern rampart of the Appalachians, for 355...
Be sure your bicycle is equipped with reflectors. Helmets and high-visibility clothing are recommended. Be sure to ride single file, well to the right-hand side of the road and obey the same traffic rules that apply to motor vehicles. Bicycles are not permitted on...
The Blue Ridge Parkway runs between Shenandoah National Park and The Great Smoky Mountains National Park - a distance of 469 miles. When construction began in 1935, it was the longest federally planned roadway in the country. The Parkway was designed and constructed...
Odds are you’ve seen it before, even if you have never been here. This nearly century old gristmill, with its reflecting pond, graces the pages of countless calendars and postcards. It is arguably the most picturesque spot of the entire Blue Ridge Parkway. Ed and...
The fundamental principle of the Blue Ridge Parkway is one of simplicity. the road should not draw attention away from the natural setting. Planners paid extraordinary attention to every detail - even the smallest elements like rock walls, bridges, and steps - so that...
Early 1900s - The spread of automobiles leads to an increase in recreational travel and tourism. 1916 - Congress creates the National Park Service. 1926 - Congress authorizes Great Smoky Mountains and Shenandoah National Parks. 1930 - A Park-to-park highway connecting...
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