Blue Ridge Parkway

Blue Ridge National Parkway

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VISIT Blue Ridge National Parkway:

Park Details

Blue Ridge National Parkway was established on June 16, 1933.

Address Milepost 384, Asheville, NC, 28803
Hours24 hours a day, it's a highway!
Entrance FeeFree
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When to Visit: Weather vs. Peak Visitation

Blue Ridge National Parkway is the 1st most visited park in the country.

The weather information below was for Asheville, NC. The Blue Ridge Parkway is 469 miles long, and thus has different weather patterns as it makes its way up through North Carolina and Virginia.

Using Historical Data to Predict

We crunched 30 years of historical weather and/or park service data to find the best months to visit Blue Ridge National Parkway. We looked for the optimal temperatures, the least amount of snow and rain, and stayed away from peak visitation months if we could help it. All this data then helped us paint a picture as to what the absolute best time to visit Blue Ridge National Parkway is.

Our data shows the best months to visit Blue Ridge National Parkway are October, April, May & June.

Park Visits397,983370,506704,5631,115,8961,355,7301,694,9822,012,9631,823,7392,053,5032,238,8121,294,956884,515
Avg Temp454854636976787873645547
Max Temp606369768084868582766862
Avg Temp293238465461656458483932
Min Temp81318273850575643312314
Temperature values in °F; Precipitation in Inches

Blue Ridge National Parkway Road Trips

Many family vacations consist of stringing one or more national parks together during a week-long trip. Creating these types of trips is our specialty! Here are the road trips we've created where Blue Ridge National Parkway is visited.

Trip NameTrip MilesTrip Days
The Full Blue Ridge Parkway Road Trip7138

Other Nearby National Park Sites

From national monuments, to historic sites to seashores and more, here are the other parks closest to Blue Ridge National Parkway.

Guilford Courthouse National Military Park66 mi
Bluestone National Scenic River71 mi
Booker T. Washington National Monument77 mi
Kings Mountain National Military Park99 mi
New River Gorge National Park100 mi
Cowpens National Battlefield107 mi
Andrew Johnson National Historic Site109 mi
Gauley River National Recreation Area118 mi
Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site121 mi
Appomattox Court House National Historical Park132 mi

Nearby Campsites & RV Parks

If you are looking to pitch a tent or park an RV at a campsite near Blue Ridge National Parkway, here is a list of the closest campsites in the surrounding area. They all have slightly different amenitites, so its best to check them all out instead of just chosing the first on the list.

NameDetailsMiles Away
Stone Mountain State ParkRoaring Gap, NC more 10 miles
Doughton Park - Blue Ridge ParkwayLaurel Springs, NC more 15 miles
Raven CliffCripple Creek, VA more 23 miles
Comers RockSpeedwell, VA more 23 miles
New River State ParkJefferson, NC more 26 miles
Pilot Mountain State ParkPinnacle, NC more 29 miles
Rural Retreat LakeWytheville, VA more 31 miles
Raccoon BranchSugar Grove, VA more 31 miles
Grayson Highlands State ParkMouth Of Wilson, VA more 32 miles
Bandits Roost - W. Kerr Scott ReservoirWilkesboro, NC more 32 miles

Nearest Ski Resorts

For those of you who are the diehard outdoors type, visiting a national park on a ski trip can be quite the adventure. Here are the ski resorts within 100 miles of Blue Ridge National Parkway:

NameLocationSummitDifficulty ScoreDistance
AppalachianBlowing Rock, NC4,000 ft34%47 mi
Beech MountainBanner Elk, NC5,505 ft38%56 mi
Sugar MountainBanner Elk, NC5,300 ft33%58 mi
WinterplaceGhent, WV3,600 ft31%95 mi
Wolf RidgeMars Hill, NC4,700 ft31%95 mi

Nearest Airports

When visiting a National park, many people are faced with either a very long drive across country, or a much shorter flight. For those of you looking to fly into Blue Ridge National Parkway, we've listed the closest airports in the area.

Large Airports

A large airport has scheduled major airline service with millions of passengers per year. This type of airport always accepts international flights. Here are the closest large airports to Blue Ridge National Parkway.

Charlotte Douglas International AirportCLTCharlotte, NC90 mi
Raleigh-Durham International AirportRDURaleigh/Durham, NC128 mi
Richmond International AirportRICRichmond, VA211 mi
Washington Dulles International AirportIADWashington, DC253 mi
John Glenn Columbus International AirportCMHColumbus, OH263 mi
Ronald Reagan Washington National AirportDCAWashington, DC267 mi
Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International AirportCVGCincinnati / Covington, KY268 mi
Medium Airports

A medium-sized airport has scheduled regional airline service. This type of airport may or may not accept international flights. Here are the closest medium-sized airports to Blue Ridge National Parkway.

Mercer County AirportBLFBluefield, WV56 mi
Piedmont Triad International AirportGSOGreensboro, NC63 mi
Roanoke–Blacksburg Regional AirportROARoanoke, VA77 mi
Concord-Padgett Regional AirportUSAConcord, NC79 mi
Tri-Cities Regional TN/VA AirportTRIBristol/Johnson/Kingsport, TN82 mi
Raleigh County Memorial AirportBKWBeckley, WV88 mi
Lynchburg Regional Preston Glenn FieldLYHLynchburg, VA111 mi

Credits: Campground data provided by Map shapes from CartographyVectors. Weather data from NOAA. Airport data from Images from Unsplash, Flickr and Parks&Trips. All data has also been updated and augmented by Parks&Trips.