The Blue Ridge Parkway is known to many as, “America’s Favorite Drive.” The parkway is a year round scenic drive, and provides spectacular views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Great Smokey Mountains.
Scenic Autumn Drive on The Blue Ridge Parkway
Fall is the most popular time of year to visit the Blue Ridge Parkway. Visitors from around the world come to see the Blue Ridge light up in a blaze of autumn leaves.
The Blue Ridge Parkway winds through the Blue Ridge Mountains at a range of elevations. Some parts of the parkway begin at 650 feet, while other parts of the parkway tower at over 6,000 feet! The winding of the road allows you to see both the east and west facing slopes.
If you want to know when peak foliage season is this year, contact the park information line, (828) 298 0398.
The Blue Ridge Parkway is designed as a slow paced and relaxing drive. The maximum speed limit is 45 miles per hour. In more populated sections of the highway, speeds are as low as 25 miles per hour.
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“Within the boundaries of the Blue Ridge Parkway are 47 Natural Heritage Areas set aside as national, regional, or state examples of exemplary natural communities.” – NPS.gov