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The Blue Ridge Parkway is a 469 mile recreational motor road that connects Shenandoah and Great Smoky Mountains National Parks while protecting the cultural and natural features of the region. Designed as a 'scenic drive', the Parkway provides both stunning scenery and close-up looks at the natural and cultural history of the mountains.


Email - Peter_Givens@nps.gov

Fax- 828-271-4313

Write to
199 Hemphill Knob Road
Asheville, NC 28801-3417

Visitor Information Recorded Message - 828 298 0398
Headquarters - 828 271 4779


Operating Hours, Seasons
Visitor Centers, campgrounds, and picnic areas are generally opened from May - October, with one campground in each state open year round. During extreme weather conditions, sections of the motor road may be closed for short or extended durations. The Peaks of Otter Lodge at Milepost 86 is open year-round and other concession facilities are seasonal.

Getting There
CAR - The motor road is marked every mile by concrete mileposts beginning at MP 0 near Shenandoah NP and ending at MP 469 at Great Smoky Mountain NP. The winding nature of the road may make it difficult for large recreational vehicles, but all personal vehicles, motorcycles, tour buses and bicycles are allowed. No commercial traffic is permitted!

Weather & Climate
The Parkway ranges from 650 feet above sea level to over 6,000 feet, so expect rapidly changing weather conditions. The weather is generally mild, but summertime temperatures can reach the 90's and winter can produce extended periods with single digit temperatures, ice, wind, and snow.

Some park facilities are completely accessible and others have minimal accessibility standards. Call ahead for specific information on the Parkway spots you plan to visit.


Linville Falls
Open All Year
Located at Milepost 316.4 near the Linville River and with easy access to the Linville Gorge and Linville Gorge Trail System.
For More Information on this campground please call (828) 765 7818

Crabtree Meadows
Located at Milepost 339.5 near the Crabtree Meadows Restaurant and within fifteen miles of Mt. Mitchell State Park.
For More Information on this campground please call (828) 675 5444

Doughton Park
Located at Milepost 241.1 near Basin Cove, Bluffs Lodge, and an extensive trail system.
For More Information on this campground please call (336) 372 8877

Mt. Pisgah
Located at Milepost 408, Pisgah is the highest campground at almost 5,000 feet elevation. Formerly part of the Vanderbilt Estate and near the US Forest Service's Cradle of Forestry site.
For More Information on this campground please call (828) 235 9109

Otter Creek
Open All Year
Located on the James River at the Parkway's lowest elevation.
For More Information on this campground please call (804) 299 5125

Peaks of Otter
Located at Milepost 86 and near the Peaks of Otter Lodge, Abbott Lake, the restored 1930s Johnson Farm, and a magnificent trail system.
For More Information on this campground please call (540) 586 4357

Price Park
Located at Milepost 297.1 near Boone and Blowing Rock, North Carolina and close to the Moses Cone Estate. This is the Parkway's largest campground.
For More Information on this campground please call (828) 963 5911

Roanoke Mountain
Located at Milepost 120.4 with easy access to Virginia's Explore Park and the largest city along the Parkway corridor.
For More Information on this campground please call (540) 982 9242

Rocky Knob
Located at Milepost 167 with easy access to Rockcastle Gorge and just nine miles from Mabry Mill.
For More Information on this campground please call (540) 745 9664


Bluffs Lodge
Bluffs Lodge is located at Milepost 240 on the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina at Doughton Park, one of the largest developed areas on the Parkway. The lodge is open from early May through October.
For More Information on this lodging please call (336) 372 4499

Peaks of Otter Lodge
The Peaks of Otter Lodge is located twenty miles north of Roanoke, VA on the Blue Ridge Parkway at Milepost 86. It is the only year-round lodging on the Parkway. Lodging, dining, trails, fishing and seasonal interpretive programs at the park amphitheatre. The web site is http://www.peaksotter.com.
For More Information on this lodging please call (540) 586 1081

Pisgah Inn
Located south of Asheville, NC at Milepost 408.6, Pisgah Inn is the highest elevation lodging on the Blue Ridge Parkway at over 5,000 feet. The lodge is open from early May through the fall leaf season. Their web site is http://www.pisgahinn.com.
For More Information on this lodging please call (828) 235 8228

Rocky Knob Cabins
The Rocky Knob Cabins, at Milepost 174 near Meadows of Dan, Va, are small, rustic cabins built by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the early days of Parkway construction.
For More Information on this lodging please call (540) 593 3903

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These outdoors activities are available near Blue Ridge Parkway.
 Campgrounds Near Blue Ridge Parkway:
Campfire Lodgings, Asheville, 2 miles away
R V Park & Campground, Asheville, 2 miles away
Wilson's Riverfront RV Park, Asheville, 3 miles away
Bear Creek RV Park and Campground, Asheville, 4 miles away
Asheville Bear Creek, Asheville, 4 miles away
French Broad River Campground, Asheville, 6 miles away
Parkway Lane RV Park, Arden, 6 miles away
 Hotels Near Blue Ridge Parkway:
Hyatt Place Asheville/Downtown, Asheville , 0 miles away
Hotel Indigo ASHEVILLE DOWNTOWN, Asheville , 0 miles away
Cambria Hotel & Suites Downtown Asheville, Asheville , 0 miles away
Holiday Inn SunSpree Resort GREAT SMOKIES-ASHEVILLE, Asheville , 0 miles away
Bent Creek Lodge, Asheville , 0 miles away
Haywood Park Hotel Historic Hotels Of America, Asheville , 0 miles away
Four Points By Sheraton Asheville Downtown, Asheville , 1 miles away
 Trails Near Blue Ridge Parkway:
Side Hill Trail, Buncombe County , 8 miles away
Shut-In Trail, Buncombe County , 11 miles away
Laurel Mountain Trail, Henderson County , 15 miles away
Mullinax Trail, Transylvania County , 16 miles away
Pilot Rock Trail, Transylvania County , 16 miles away
 Ski Areas Near Blue Ridge Parkway:
Wolf Ridge, North Carolina , 20 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
Cataloochee, North Carolina , 37 miles away, 740 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Sugar Mountain, North Carolina , 57 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 8 lifts, 20 runs
Ski Beech, North Carolina , 58 miles away, 830 foot drop, 10 lifts, 15 runs
Hawksnest, North Carolina , 59 miles away, 619 foot drop, 4 lifts, 12 runs
Scaly Mountain, North Carolina , 62 miles away, 225 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Sky Valley, Georgia , 65 miles away, 210 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Ober Gatlinburg, Tennessee , 69 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
Appalachian Mountain, North Carolina , 70 miles away, 365 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
 Whitewater Near Blue Ridge Parkway:
Whitewater Outfitter - Explore Biltmore Outdoor Center, Buncombe County , 2 miles away, Whitewater outfitter
French Broad River, Transylvania Henderson Buncombe Madison County , 4 miles away, Class I-III - 6.5 miles long (North Carolina Route 251 to Route 1634)
Swannanoa River, Buncombe County , 10 miles away, Class I-II - 8.6 miles long (Main Bridge In Swannanoa to Azalea)
Walnut Creek, Madison County , 15 miles away, Class III-IV(V) - 4 miles long (US 25/70 to Barnard)
Brush Creek, Madison County , 18 miles away, Class IV-V - 5 miles long (to French Broad River)
 Public Lands Near Blue Ridge Parkway:
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg - TN , 66 miles away
Pisgah National Forest, North Carolina , 6 miles away
Mount Mitchell State Park, North Carolina , 22 miles away
Caesars Head State Park, South Carolina , 27 miles away
Jones Gap State Park, South Carolina , 28 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Blue Ridge Parkway:
Municipal Golf Course, Asheville , 0 miles away
Country Club Of Asheville, Asheville , 2 miles away
Biltmore Forest Country Club, Asheville , 4 miles away
Reems Creek Golf Club, Weaverville , 6 miles away
Cliffs At Walnut Cove, Arden , 8 miles away
 Lakes Near Blue Ridge Parkway
Beaver Lake, Buncombe County , 2 miles away
Enka Lake, Buncombe County , 8 miles away
Lake Powhatan, Buncombe County , 8 miles away
Spivey Lake, Buncombe County , 9 miles away
Lake Tomahawk, Buncombe County , 16 miles away

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