If you’re looking for a leisurely and unforgettable camping destination, don’t miss out on the Blue Ridge Parkway! This stunning scenic drive spans almost 470 miles and runs through North Carolina and Virginia, connecting Shenandoah National Park with the Great Smoky Mountains. The journey is truly the destination with this experience, so hitch up your new or used RV and hit the road!
About the Parkway
The Blue Ridge Parkway was begun during FDR’s administration and boasts being the most visited of the entire National Park System since 1946 except for four years! It runs along the Blue Ridge spine – an iconic feature of the Appalachian mountains.
Several “did you know?” facts the NPS website shares about the Blue Ridge Parkway include the following:
- It is the longest road planned as a single unit in the United States.
- It is an elongated park, protecting significant mountain landscapes far beyond the shoulders of the road itself.
- It is a series of parks providing the visitor access to high mountain passes, a continuous series of panoramic views, the boundaries of its limited right-of-way rarely apparent and miles of the adjacent countryside seemingly a part of the protected scene.
- It is a “museum of the managed American countryside,” preserving the roughhewn log cabin of the mountain pioneer, the summer home of a textile magnate, and traces of early industries such as logging, railways, and an old canal.
- It is the product of a series of major public works projects which provided a boost to the travel and tourism industry and helped the Appalachian region climb out the depths of the Great Depression.
- Stretching almost 500 miles along the crest of the Blue Ridge mountains through North Carolina and Virginia, it encompasses some of the oldest settlements of both pre-historic and early European settlement.
Stunning Views Away You
Whether you plan to enjoy hiking and exploration, hope for black bear sightings, or just want to enjoy a leisurely drive, the Blue Ridge Parkway offers it all, and you can check out the different things to do here. Plus, there are many campgrounds you can stay at along the way. Check out those options here.
Before You Go