Blue Ridge Parkway

The Blue Ridge Parkway runs for 469 miles through the southern and central Appalachian Mountains. Along its 469 miles, you will see various ecosystems, and it is often easy to see the 43 amphibian species, 70 mammal species, 225 bird species, and 31 reptile species that live along it. One of the reasons that nature is so diverse is that the elevation changes from 649 feet near the James River to over 6,047 feet near Richland Balsam, North Carolina. You can find many things to do along this highway that includes some of the oldest mountains in the world, the oldest river in the United States, the deepest gorge east of the Grand Canyon, and the highest waterfall east of the Mississippi River. 

Things to Do

Things To Do Near Blue Ridge Parkway

While the Blue Ridge Parkway is a road, you can find terrific things to do and places to explore along it. You can think of the Blue Ridge Parkway as divided into four major segments. Starting from the north, the ridge section runs about the first 109 miles, and you can visit the Humpback Rocks Visitor Center & Mountain Farm to see a traditional American farm, along with exploring the Washington and Jefferson National Forests. The Plateau region running from near mile marker 106 to 217 offers the chance to explore rural history. The Highlands District follows, and it is a fantastic place to see waterfalls on hikes. The last section is where this road connects to those entering the Great Smoky Mountains. 

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How To Get To Blue Ridge Parkway

It is easy to get to the southern end of Blue Ridge Parkway from the Oconaluftee Visitor Center. Get on North Carolina 441 and follow it until you see the Blue Ridge Parkway turn off in about 0.5 miles. You can also access the Blue Ridge Parkway at numerous points along its path. 


Virginia and North Carolina

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The Blue Ridge Parkway runs between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Shenandoah Valley National Park. Along its 469 miles, there are many fantastic places to explore in Virginia and North Carolina. You can access the parkway at numerous locations, so it is easy to get on and off to explore this Appalachian region. The best way to make sure you see the most important sites is to bring your RV. If you do not have an RV, then rent one on RVshare.com. Many different sizes are available, and you can find trailer-hitch options along with options that you drive. The RVs for rent are covered by 24/7 roadside assistance should anything happen during your adventure. Build memories that will last a lifetime by RVing along the Blue Ridge Parkway.