One of my most favorite roads to travel is the Blue Ridge Parkway. The BRP is a 469-mile road that twists & turns while it climbs high into the Blue Ridge Mountains (a part of the larger Appalachian Mountains). It’s famous for its scenic beauty.
Most people love to travel the Blue Ridge Parkway in the Fall to experience God’s stunning color palette of reds, oranges & yellow. My favorite time is the Spring because it’s a lot less populated and the scenery with it’s blooming flowers and mountains in varying shades of green make a beautiful backdrop for any getaway.
The BRP is part of the National Park Service. Construction began under President Franklin D. Roosevelt on Sept 11, 1935, & wasn’t completely finished until 1987! It runs from the southern points of the Shenandoah Mountains in Virginia and ends at RT 441 in North Carolina in the Great Smoky Mountains.
There are no fees associated with this route & no commercial vehicles are allowed on the road (except tour buses). The idea for the BRP was born out of The Great Depression as a way of putting as many people to work as possible.
You won’t see gas stations, restaurants or hotels on the parkway but exits along the way lead to small towns that provide the parkway with supplies, food & places to stay. There are campgrounds along the BRP and below you’ll see a list of them and their corresponding mileposts.
Besides immersing yourself into nature it is also an amazing place to watch meteor showers. The Orionids Shower begins in early Oct. & ends the first week in Nov. OTHER THINGS TO DO: hiking, biking, canoeing, picture-taking, botany and relaxing!
On our adventures we pick up the PKWY in Asheville, NC driving straight up to about 5,000 feet above the cities and towns nestled along its base. On one such trip, we followed it until it ended in VA and drove on another 50 miles to visit my favorite author, Nora Roberts town & bookstore in Boone, Maryland.
We’ve traveled this road so many times that we’ve begun to have favorite stops along the way. Our first night is always spent in Boone, NC. It’s a cute little college town with plenty of hotels & restaurants. We have a favorite campground, Honey Bear Campground, that is just outside the city limits giving us a combination of nature & modern conveniences.
Have you ever driven the Blue Ridge Parkway?