Blue Ridge Parkway
States: North Carolina and Virginia
National Forest: George Washington and Jefferson National Forests, Nantahala National Forest, Pisgah National Forest
Length: 469.0 mi / 754.8 km
Time to Allow: Four days to enjoy the byway
The Parkway provides spectacular mountain and valley vistas, quiet pastoral scenes, sparkling waterfalls and colorful flower and foliage displays as it extends through the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia and North Carolina.
America's Byways take you to some of the best hiking trails across the nation, including the greatest of them all, the Appalachian Trail. As you begin the ambitious journey, you'll wind your way across 2,160 miles of the East's most impressive terrain.
One of the best places in the U.S. to see spring and summer symphonies of color and beauty is the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina and Virginia. From brilliant flame azaleas to open meadows scattered with blazing star, daisies, and geraniums, an entire orchestra of blooms awaits all who travel along this 469-mile stretch of Appalachian grandeur.
to Enjoy the Ride...
1-Day Trip: Culture in a Day on the Blue Ridge Parkway: Southern Virginia
Spend a day on the Blue Ridge Parkway in southern Virginia and see four cultural and national treasures as well as 140 miles of mountain vistas and...
2-Day Trip: A Natural Tour of the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina
Discover the Blue Ridge Parkway's natural environment as you spend a couple of days touring its most spectacular sites and stunning mountain views.
The following byways are part of the designated byway Blue Ridge Parkway: