Blue Ridge Parkway

This is America’s most visited National Park unit and there’s plenty to see and do, including hiking, picnicking, waterfalls and scenic overlooks. Its 469 miles connect the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina to the Shenandoah National Park in Virginia.

Check out the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Travel Planner for places to pause along the highway as well as information on the Blue Ridge Mountains and its musical traditions. You may also wish to download the Travel Planner Mobile App.

Finally, be sure to look for one of the Visitor Centers along the Parkway.