The Blue Ridge Parkway is one of the most visited units of the National Park Service. Traveling along the Blue Ridge Parkway inspires relaxation while enjoying stunning views.
The Parkway provides visitors the opportunity to explore the Boone area in many different ways. With over 50 hiking trails and more than 20 different overlooks, the Parkway should be a "must see" on the itenerary. The Blue Ridge Parkway is also a popular destination, as well as a "must do" for cyclist, who can enjoy biking for miles while taking in neverending vistas.
Ways of exploring the Parkway are as endless as they are vast. It is impossible to take a bad photograph along the Blue Ridge Parkway as it is beautiful anytime of year, with Fall being its most coveted season. So, make sure to bring a camera while traveling along this famous leisure road! In the Boone Area, getting a shot of the Iconic Linn Cove Viaduct is important since it is one of the most photographed spots on the Parkway.
For details on road closures and weather, camping, activities, bloom and foliage updates, referral to office numbers, request brochures, and more, call the Parkway information line, 828-298-0398, or visit the official website of the Blue Ridge Parkway.
In case of emergency, a call to 1-800-PARKWATCH (1-800-727-5928) will quickly summon help.
Also be sure to pick up copies of the park's seasonal magazine The Parkway Milepost.
For the best coverage of Boone trails on and off the Parkway, pick up FalconGuides' "Hiking the Blue Ridge Parkway" or "Best Easy Day Hikes Blue Ridge Parkway," by Randy Johnson, both just published in brand new 2010 editions in time for the Parkway's 75th anniversary.
Zoom in close on the map below (use the plus sign and directional arrows at upper left, or repeatedly double click near, but not on, the map symbols). You can literally see the parking lots for Parkway destinations in this guide. Click any map symbol and information packed balloons pop up to describe locations all along the route. In the map balloons, click "Directions" to add your address and get step-by-step directions to Parkway locations from wherever you are. Start in the north, follow the road south, for a local's introduction to your own Boone-area Parkway adventure.