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This 469-mile scenic drive links Shenandoah and Great Smoky Mountains National Park, while protecting the cultural and natural features of the Blue Ridge.
  • Excellent84%
  • Very good12%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“beautiful drive” (458 reviews)
“speed limit” (221 reviews)
“fall colors” (182 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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Reviewed yesterday

While the speed limit on the parkway is 45, I was worried to drive over 35 with the winding roads. Breath-taking views, take a picnic! Plan hours of driving, well worth it!

Thank Jessica A
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We drove between grandfather mountain and blowing rock NC Very pretty, lots of view spots. A camp ground , lake, tourist stop were all one this short trip. I suggest if you drive the parkway. Have plenty of gas, and know where you are going.be...More

Thank meteordust
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Drove from Asheville to Mt. Mitchell. Craggy Gardens was a great stop, climbed up and picnicked in the cool air. Great road for us drivers, can be a little tedious for kids in back seats, but we pulled over at lookouts to break up trip,...More

Thank NaplesBeachBums2014
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The Blue Ridge Parkway is a great road trip. It does take some time to get down, but the views make up for it. There are many scenic overlooks and picnic areas along it. Also, check out some of the small towns that are near...More

Thank April B
Reviewed 2 days ago

Living within 2 hours of the BRP makes it so easy to make a day trip anytime. It doesn't matter which way you go there is always something to see and do. You can get off the parkway and visit any number of fun and...More

Thank NeedMoreWine
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I picked up a car in Atlanta and drove the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Skyline Drive to the end and then continued on to DC. Both drives were phenomenal. Every corner you turned there was a new and more stunning view than the last....More

Thank omoly
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The Blue Ridge Parkway is one of the jewels of the National Park Service, but it's in need of better maintenance and management. Many scenic overlooks are overgrown and useless. The campgrounds are dated and in need of the basics, showers and WiFi, for example....More

Thank John K
Reviewed 5 days ago

A quaint car camping location. the sites vary in size based on your type of reservation. You may have to walk some for water but each campsite is equipped with a bear vault, there are showers and indoor plumbing. The tent sites, depending on location,...More

Thank Paul C
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

One of the most beautiful places in the world. Not only did we learn about the history of the Cherokee Nation but we saw some of the most beautiful, breathtaking scenery ever. We stopped at almost every overlook so didn't drive many miles but every...More

Thank lchelsea
Reviewed 1 week ago

I just rode the Parkway, and on a motorcycle, you can really enjoy the ride. The views are fabulous and the road is in great condition. The speed limit on the Parkway is 45 mph, and no need to exceed that if you are there...More

Thank bill925
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Patrick F
July 18, 2017|
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Response from Randy T | Reviewed this property |
Sanatron's advice would probably work the best for you. With max speed at 45, it will take some time. The many outlooks along the way could also be time worth adding to your trip. This time of year you'll notice lots of... More
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boydjuk
June 17, 2017|
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Response from okeedoke | Reviewed this property |
Hmmm. I would not want to try that...just saying. Lots of sections that would cause me concern. The NPS has a site (I can't link it here) that might help. Good luck!
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Ginger G
May 30, 2017|
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Response from Blue Ridge Park... A | Property representative |
Hi, Ginger. It really is very much about the journey itself to many, though scenic overlooks, picnic spots, waterfalls and hikes are all nice, too! People often return to the Parkway to pick up where they left off on an... More
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