Blue Ridge Parkway Activities

Overlooks and trails offer breaks during a drive, and there are ranger programs at most developed areas during the summer and autumn months. The Parkway provides wonderful opportunities for:

Hiking

  • The Parkway offers 100 trails ranging from short "leg-stretcher" walks to the Appalachian Trail.

Wildflowers and Fall Colors

  • The Parkway provides an excellent location for both wildflower walks in the springtime and brilliant leaf color in the autumn.

Photography

  • The combination of historical and natural areas make the park an excellent destination for photographers.

Historical and Cultural Demonstrations

  • Several developed areas offer hands-on demonstrations of mountain life and culture.

Ranger Guided Walks and Evening Programs

  • During the summer season, most developed areas offer evening programs, or more traditional campfire programs, along with guided walks and special programs

. Birdwatching

  • Because the Appalachian Mountains shape the flyway for most eastern migratory birds, the Parkway is an excellent place for both birdwatching and autumn migratory bird counts

. Bicycling

  • The slow pace of bicycling on the motor road may be one of the best ways to enjoy everything that the park has to offer. Biking is only allowed on paved roadways. Helmets are recommended and reflectors are required.
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