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Blue Ridge Parkway

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Distance from hotel:†163 miles
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Blue Ridge Parkway

Stretching 469 beautiful miles, the Blue Ridge Parkway goes from Shenandoah National Park in Virginia to Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina. The scenery is spectacular and there are a plethora of recreational opportunities along the way. You can enjoy everything from camping and hiking to biking to fishing. One of the most popular times of year to make the journey is in the fall when the leaves begin to change. It’s a sight you won’t soon forget.

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There’s no cost to travel the Blue Ridge Parkway. For camping, there’s a $16 charge per site. The fee is reduced for visitors with an Interagency Senior or Access Pass (or former Golden Age or Golden Access Passports).

Events

  • Horn in the West Outdoor Drama
  • Appalachian Summer Festival

Activities

  • Driving Tour
  • Hiking
  • Fishing
  • Camping
  • Biking

Safety Tips

When you leave your car to explore nature, make sure to lock any valuables in the trunk or take them with you. When hiking, wear hiking shoes or boots and always stay on established trails. And bring your own drinking water as the water in streams or springs may contain disease-causing bacteria.

Rules of the Road

Itís important to follow the speed limit, which is 45 miles per hour. There are no commercial vehicles allowed on the Parkway. And you cannot drive a bike or motorcycle on any of the trails.

FAQs

  • What is the pet policy?

    Dogs are definitely welcome to explore the areas around the Parkway with you. However, you have to have your four-legged friend on a leash at all times, especially on the hiking trails.

  • What time of the year is the best time to go?

    The best time of year to take the drive is also the busiest. In the fall, the orange sassafras, golden poplars, and scarlet sourwoods are in full bloom and everyone wants to witness the magical colors. Go ahead, be a leaf-peeper. You definitely wonít regret it.

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