When Is the Best Time
Best known for its fall season colors, the Parkway is beautiful and has treasures to offer ANY TIME of the YEAR. However, some sections get closed in winter during heavy snow. Check road conditions via the interactive map: Blue Ridge Parkway Real Time Status. Campgrounds are open from April/May until the end of October.
Highlight (Fall Colors):
Best time to catch the peak fall colors: Visit between MID-OCTOBER and LATE OCTOBER. Don't just visit one spot. Instead drive a while to be on different elevations. Some of the best spots to catch the fall colors: Fall Color Spots – Blue Ridge Mountains
Avoiding the Crowds:
It's busy on the road in fall. Especially mileposts can become crowded. Try to avoid weekends in autumn and get there early in the morning for an amazing experience. The morning light is also great for photos.
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Where and Tips
469 miles of beauty, extending across 29 Virginia and North Carolina counties, offering everything from amazing drives, breathtaking views, picnic areas, waterfalls, wildlife opportunities..and the list goes on. I was fortunate to drive the entire 469 miles (and an additional 110 miles of Skyline drive in Shenandoah National Park) during my stay in North Carolina. The parkway has something to offer every season of the year, although it does get a little crowded in Fall (and not for nothing).