A Parkway Motoring Primer
Safety on the Blue Ridge Parkway
Boots - Grippy running shoes will do on the easiest paths, but hiking boots are recommended for confidence and safety.
Parking is available at trailheads and overlooks. You can picnic by your car on the grassy shoulder of the road, but be sure the car is well off the road on firm ground. Take valuables with you, or lock them in your car where they can’t be seen.
Severe weather and rockslides may close portions of the Parkway without warning. Repairs and ongoing maintenance may also close sections of the road. To plan ahead, visit the Blue Ridge Parkway's website for the latest on Road Closures or call 828-298-0398.
All pets must be on a leash (no longer than six feet) and/or physically restrained. Please clean up after your pet (bring some grocery store plastic bags for walks).
Do not disturb or molest wildlife. No hunting or trapping is permitted, even where Parkway acreage bulges well beyond the roadside.
Year-round and frost-free (during winter) spigots and hydrants must not be connected to RVs or used as cleaning stations.
To avoid attracting animals to your campground campsite, store all food in a locked vehicle. Litter and food waste should be promptly disposed of away from your campsite.
No open alcohol is permitted in vehicles. Registered campers and picnic area users can possess and drink alcohol until 9:00 PM.
All park natural and cultural resources are protected and off limits to collecting. Metal detectors are prohibited.
Don’t litter. Trash and recyclables may be deposited at many campgrounds, picnic areas, other developed facilities and at trash cans in roadside overlooks. Recycling is a state law in NC. Trash bag dispensers are available at some picnic areas and campgrounds.
For More Information
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.
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.
Camping on the Parkway
Climb the Highest Peaks by Car
Fishing on the Parkway
Hiking on the Parkway
Linn Cove Viaduct
Just for Kids
Nature on the Parkway
Picnic on the Parkway
Visitor Center and Cabins
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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.
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