How to Enjoy the Blue Ridge Parkway for Free


The Blue Ridge Parkway is a 469-mile road that connects Shenandoah and Great Smoky Mountains National Parks.

The Parkway and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park have no entrance fees. Shenandoah National Park has fee-free days

Visit a National Park


The Parkway has many waterfalls to admire. Some are visible from the road, others require a hike

Visit a Waterfall


The Parkway has hundreds of hiking trails for all levels of difficulty. You can find trail maps and information online or at visitor centers.

Take a Hike


The Parkway has many picnic areas with tables, grills, and restrooms. You can also picnic at any overlook or parking area.

Pack a Picnic


The Parkway hosts many events throughout the year, such as music festivals, cultural demonstrations, and ranger programs. Check the events calendar for details.

Experience an Event


The Blue Ridge Parkway Association has a free smartphone app that can help you plan your trip, find attractions, and get updates.

Download the App


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