September, 2017: Here are the links I found most helpful when I was researching what to do and where to go on the Parkway for my 2007 tour of all 469 miles.
Links to More Info on Blue Ridge Parkway:
Blue Ridge Parkway – NC, VA (Main NPS site)
BlueRidgeParkway.org – The official marketing partner of the Blue Ridge Parkway.
The Virtual Blue Ridge – Info on stops, attractions, etc.
Camping on the Blue Ridge Parkway (NPS) – Info on campgrounds with links to maps, etc.
The Parkway’s eight campgrounds are open from May through late October, weather permitting. Current schedule of campground seasonal dates. All campgrounds have potable water, comfort stations with flush toilets and sinks, and a dump station for recreational vehicles. Showers are available only at Mount Pisgah Campground. Each camp site includes a picnic table and fire ring.
Blue Ridge Parkway Maps (NPS) – Links to all maps
Official Blue Ridge Parkway Map (NPS) – All Mileposts in one map
Interactive Map – (Blue Ridge Parkway.org) – Search for locations along the parkway.
Blue Ridge Parkway Map Downloads (Virtual Blue Ridge) – Download the entire map or by section.
Mileposts and Attractions:
Blue Ridge Parkway Visitors Centers (NPS) – Info and locations on all visitor centers along the Parkway.
Overlooks (Virtual Blue Ridge) – There are over 200 of them on the Parkway.
Scenic Pullouts (National Park Planner) – Info on all scenic pullouts along the Parkway.
Milepost Guide for Virginia and NC (BlueRidgeOnline) – Mile Post 0 is located at the entrance to the Skyline Drive in the Shenandoah National Park Va. MP 469 is located at the Cherokee Indian Reservation in The Great Smoky Mountains, North Carolina.
Virginia Experiences by Milepost (Blue Ridge Parkway.org)
North Carolina Experiences by Milepost (Blue Ridge Parkway.org)
Blue Ridge Parkway and Appalachian Trail Crossings (Virtual Blue Ridge) – List of places by Milepost where the Appalachian Trial Crosses the Parkway.
List of all 26 tunnels (Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway) – By milepost, giving length, minimum and maximum height, interesting facts and photos. There are 26 tunnels along the Blue Ridge Parkway, 25 in North Carolina with it’s rugged terrain and one in Virginia.
List of Tunnels on Blue Ridge Parkway (Virtual Blue Ridge) – Parkway tunnels are a significant design feature along the historic route.
Tunnels Info from NPS – The tunnels were often constructed to reduce excessive landscape scaring that open cuts would entail.
Tunnel Heights from NPS – “Please note that it is illegal (and extremely dangerous) to cross the center dividing line of the highway. If the minimum tunnel height listed does not provide enough clearance for your RV, please detour around that section of the parkway.”
Misc. Parkway Info:
Culture of The Blue Ridge (Virtual Blue Ridge) – Although the Parkway is seen primarily as a scenic byway with plenty of natural attractions, it is also a cross-section of Appalachian mountain history.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park (NPS Info) – The southern edge of the Blue Ridge Parkway
Shenandoah National Park (NPS Info) – The northern edge of the Blue Ridge Parkway.