Blue Ridge Parkway

Superintendent Name: 
Phil Francis
Overlooks, trails, picnic areas and a multitude of developed areas await the visitor who has time to explore the Blue Ridge Parkway. Acting as an introduction to the natural and cultural history of our region, a drive down the Blue Ridge Parkway is meant to be slow-paced, relaxing and educational. The Parkway meanders 469 miles between Shenandoah and Great Smoky Mountains National Parks, creating multiple opportunities to explore the communities along the way!
Park Acreage: 
93871
Visitor Count: 
17352286
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Park Sights: 
Peaks of Otter Visitor Center Museum; Peaks of Otter; Johnson Farm; The Trail Cabin; Caudill Cabin; Sheets Cabin; The Jesse Brown Farmstead; Cool Springs Baptist Church; Yankee Horse Ridge Parking Area; The James River Visitor Center; Moses Cone Estate and Parkway Craft Center;
Entrance Fees: 
Free
Nearest Major City: 
Asheville, NC
Gateway Communities: 
Fancy Gap, VA; Cana, VA; Hillsville, VA ; Lambsburg, VA; Mount Airy, NC; Dugspur, VA; Galax, VA; Laurel Fork, VA; Austinville, VA
Nearby Airports: 
Asheville Regional Airport (AVL)