The Parkway’s speed limit is typically 45 miles per hour (less in some places). Typical Drive Times.
|Afton (MP 0) to Roanoke (MP 120)||3.5 hours|
|Roanoke (MP 120) to Fancy Gap (MP 199)||2.5 hours|
|Fancy Gap (MP 199) to Blowing Rock (MP 293)||3 hours|
|Blowing Rock (MP 293) to Asheville (MP 382)||3 hours|
The Parkway connects Shenandoah National Park, near Waynesboro, VA (Milepost 0) with Great Smoky Mountains National Park, near Cherokee, NC (Milepost 469). There are entrances and exits at all major federal and state highways. Asheville and Boone, NC and Roanoke, VA are the largest cities along the way.
The Blue Ridge Parkway is open year round except for sections that may be closed due to ice and snow, storm damage, or for construction or maintenance activities. Weather-related closures can change quickly during the winter.
No. Camping is only allowed in one of the Parkway’s eight designated camping areas. Sleeping in a vehicle overnight is not allowed for visitor safety.
The best time to drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway is from mid-May to mid-September. The speed limit along the Blue Ridge Parkway is 25 to 45 miles per hour, so relax and take your time .
The Great Smoky Mountains are a mountain range rising along the Tennessee–North Carolina border in the southeastern United States. They are a subrange of the Appalachian Mountains , and form part of the Blue Ridge Physiographic Province.
Ten Must-See Spots on the Blue Ridge Parkway Mabry Mill. Milepost 176. Doughton Park. Milepost 241.1. Cascade Falls. Milepost 271.9. Rough Ridge . Milepost 302.8. Beacon Heights. Milepost 305.2. Flat Rock. Milepost 308.3. Chestoa View Overlook. Milepost 320.8. Mount Mitchell. Milepost 355.4.
Re: Blue ridge parkway – scary drive ? Its not scary at all. I have never felt that there weren’t adequate guard rails or you are driving too close to a cliff. Its definitely slower driving than a normal highway, as it is more twisty, but there are many places to pull off and see the view.
Some Points of Interest Along the Parkway Blue Ridge Music Center. Rocky Knob & Mabry Mill. Cumberland Knob. Doughton Park. Linn Cove Viaduct. Folk Art Center. Crabtree Falls. Explore Park.
It would take about 15 hours of driving and that is with no stops or road delays. Maximun speed on the Blue Ridge Parkway (BRP) is 45 mph and the BRP is approximately 350 miles long. If you want to enjoy the drive I would suggest taking 2 full days.
North Carolina Sections of Parkway
|355.3||Mount Mitchell State Park||Closed|
|355.3 – 364.5||NC highway 128 to South of Craggy Gardens Tunnel, including Craggy Gardens Visitor Center||Closed|
|364.5 – 367.6||South of Craggy Gardens Tunnel to North of Craggy Gardens Picnic Area||Closed|
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