County(ies): Augusta, Nelson, Amherst, Nelson, Bedford, Roanoke, Floyd, Patrick, Carroll
Submit your on this road.
Be advised that, as of 7/19/13, the Parkway is CLOSED between mileposts 355 and 375, due to a large crack that has appeared in the road due to recent heavy rains.
Reopening date is unknown at present, as the damage is still being diagnosed.
Your shortest detour is I-40 east from Asheville to Exit 85, then US 221 North to the BRP.
Your more interesting detours include NC 226, NC 226A and NC 80 - all great rides!
Mount Mitchell is still accessible, but only from the North.
- Anonymous (7/19/13)
The BRP is SUPER in April!
I planned a trip on the BRP in late April for two reasons.
First, facilities on the BRP do not open until May 1st, so I figured that traffic would be light.
Second, on a previous trip, a local told me that, with bare trees, fog is not a problem.
Both turned out to be true.
I spent 2 days (a Friday and Saturday) on the BRP and had a blast.
Traffic on Friday was non-existant.
I had the road all to myself with no 'cages' or RV's to slow me down and I didn't have to worry about vehicles pulling out in front of me from an overlook.
The only hazards were a few bicyclists and the potential of hitting a deer or other wildlife.
So I was able to stay on the throttle and get into a real nice rhythm (even at the 45 mph speed limit).
It turned out to be a great day of riding and one I will never forget.
Saturday the traffic was a little heavier but still light and it turned out to be another good day.
So, I would highly recommend a ride on the BRP in April, but dress warm, as it was cold along the ridge.
If you decide to do this next year, look for me, I'll be there.
- Webmaster, MotorcycleRoads.US (5/2/13)
I live 2 miles off of the Parkway between Boone and Bowing Rock, NC and I'm about 15 miles from the viaduct.
There are no commercial anythings allowed (except Park Ranger trucks) on the Parkway...no little towns, no stop lights or signs.
There are a couple of Folk Art galleries that are a must to stop by...don't miss any of them.
So yes, be prepared with food, water, etc and fill up your tank whenever you see an exit to a close by town...which is fairly regularly.
Don't miss Blowing Rock or old town Boone.
They are a must, and just 2-3 miles off of the Parkway.
Hiking everywhere, views, views, views and simply relaxing.
Grandfather Mountain is a must too.
It's near Linville, between Ashevill and Blowing Rock...closer to B.R.P.
It's only about 2 miles off the Parkway...check it out.
And shop local...especially art/photography.
Used to ride our bikes equipped with camping gear and rations up the mountains up into Virgina, but that was before the helmet law...wind in the hair.
Especially riding back to Boone...downhill mostly...rough on the brakes.
Cross coutnry skiing is great for the Parkway too, considering it is closed in most places for the winter.
The Parkway Rocks!
- Anonymous (6/17/12)
Rode from Roanoke down to Tuggles Gap (Floyd) this past weekend.
Winter has been kind to the Parkway this year, at least on this section; the road condition is excellent, with no frost heaves or potholes to speak of, and the trees are in early bloom.
It's well worth it to get through a chilly morning and take it all in!
- Rider from Durham, NC (3/1912)
We rode the Blue Ridge in late May, 2011.
This is the second time we have ridden the entire length of the parkway.
It rained everyday both trips at least half the day.
Still, one of the best roads I have ever ridden.
Scenery is second to none.
Was some paving going on but did not affect traffic much.
Speed limit 45 mph.
- Jeff Furguson (7/1/11)
Wife and I just rode a couple of sections.
From Big Lynn Lodge at Little Switzerland, NC, rode 50 miles to Blowing Rock.
Next day, rode 70 miles to Mt. Pisgah.
Lots of sweepers and interesting views.
Watch for tunnels. If sunglasses on, may be dark going into some.
- Scott Ball (6/12/11)
Rode about 120 miles this past summer.
Stayed in Maggie Valley, which is very nice.
Thereís no way to describe this road.
You just have to ride it to appreciate the beauty and the great ride.
The only drawback is that you can have a long run to get someplace to get gas or eat.
Other than that it is really something else.
This is a must ride for any serious biker.
The scenery is breathtaking and the road has more curves than a drunken snakes crawl path.
Donít miss this one.
- Jim Paleks (2/14/11)
Stayed in vacation rental near Leicester, northwest of Asheville.
First day we rode to Cherokee and got on the Parkway there.
Great ride ended too soon at Highway 276 before making it to Mt. Pisgah.
T-storms and parkway closure shortened the ride.
After making it home saw on the Parkway website that the road is closed between mileposts 399 and 405 because of the possibility of landslides.
Second day rode to Marion and got on the parkway at Buck Creek Gap and headed south towards Asheville.
Lots of road work south of Craggy Gardens.
One section covered in small gravel which makes for very uneasy riding for a mile or two.
Got chased back towards the cabin when T-storms moved into the area again.
Got a little wet.
All in all it was a great ride, both days.
Fantastic views and easy to ride.
Not too much traffic as we were riding during the week.
Can't wait to go back and do the entire 469 miles.
- Todd Grafton (6/17/10)
Wonderful, as always.
This early in the season, though, check for closures before you go; there are still sections where rock slides and winter storm damage are being cleared.
- Anonymous (4/13/10)
Awesome scenic and twisty road!!
Basically this is a continuation of Skyline Drive
, going south, without the park fees and 35mph speed limit.
You need to keep to posted limits first 10 miles, chock full of rangers and statees, after that anything goes.
This road is fun on a bike, but very unforgiving.
Too hot into a turn here will buy you a front row ticket to see God.
Buena Vista is a nice place to visit for gas and food about half way to Roanoke.
The road down to Buena Vista, from the parkway is really twisty and fun, Enjoy!!
- Mike Sykes (8/16/09)
We rode from Cherokee to Fancy Gap, VA this past weekend.
We had a great time!
We found a huge jewel just off the parkway at mile post 248; a place called Freebornes Eatery and Lodge
If you ride through there it is a must see.
It is a good place to stay.
They have a resturaunt, bar and motel on site.
The food and rooms are good and the people are great!
They have live bands every weekend.
They cater to all motorcyle riders.
Call ahead for reservations just to make sure they have a room. 877-528-7356.
- Chad, Baldwin, GA (5/25/09)
Follow-up to Robert's note below: for the shortest detour (NB), exit the Parkway at US70 (near MP 380).
Go East on 70 about 1 mile, then right to I40, x55.
Continue on I40 East to x72 (US70 at Old Fort, which has some good restaurants), then proceed about 8 miles East on US70 to the junction with NC80, just before Marion).
Take NC80 - which is a great road by itself - North to rejoin the Parkway at MP 343.
- Rider from Durham, NC (8/18/08)
The best of the BRP for twisties is south of Boone to Cherokee.
The section around Roanoke is in poor shape and is rough (but, I saw DOT type markings, so perhaps a resurface is in the future).
The only pavement that is deteriating is from Maggie to the end in Cherokee.
The pavement is beginning to crack and seperate and the pavement in the last two tunnels is awful.
Nothing serious, but quite disappointing.
Despite that, Boone to Cherokee (after construction repairs are completed) is recommended.
- Robert (8/14/08)
This is usually a great ride, but the Blue Ridge is closed from Milepost 367.6 to 355.3.
A rockslide and roadway failure has closed the Blue Ridge Parkway to all activities including foot traffic and bicycling between the entrance to Craggy Gardens Picnic Area and the entrance to Mount Mitchell State Park.
You can work your way around this piece by following the detours, but your missing some really nice areas.
I suggest you take I-40 to Rt. 221 north.
This turns into 226, then turns into 261, then turns into 143 (to Roan Mountain).
You can then go west on 19 for a short distance and pick up 321/67 north.
Go west on 421 and pick up Rt. 133 north.
There's a nice little "biker" stop on the corner of 133 and 58.
Go east on 58 (Jeb Stewart Highway) and pick up Rt. 16 at the "Mouth of Wilson".
You can pick up the Blue Ridge off of 16 and head north.
This should put you past the construction zone.
The Blue Ridge closure is through 2009.
Map you plans accordingly.
- Scott, Cincinnati, OH (6/24/08)
I only got a small taste of it, this past weekend.
I took Route 60 west towards Buena Vista and hopped on the BRP.
From there, I headed north all the way to the beginning at Afton Mountain and I-64.
Just with that short cruise on the BRP, I couldn't believe the views.
Beautiful, slow, winding, twists and turns at 45mph.
It is a must see on a motorcycle.
Words can't describe it.
- Rider from Richmond, VA (4/20/08)
The Blue Ridge Parkway is an absolute must ride.
It's not a difficult ride at all, and a great ride to take your wife on, as it has lots of overlooks to stretch the legs and the views are amazing.
If you leave Cherokee in the morning, you can have lunch in Blowing Rock, which is a very nice town with good restaurants.
Then get back on the road and stay the night at 'Peaks of Otter', which is along the parkway just north of Roanoke.
I'd suggest making reservations ahead of time, and BE CERTAIN to get there BEFORE SUNSET!!!
There of hundreds of deer that hang out there and all over the road.
The Hotel is great and most rooms face a large lake.
You can see the deer walking between your room and the lake.
The Blue Ridge is 469 miles of Heaven on 2 wheels.
- EM, South Florida (3/9/08)
I just finished driving the BRP from one end to the other.
Covered every mile.
Absolutely beautiful every mile, curve, mountaintop, valley and tunnel.
Also did Deal's Gap (the Dragon's Tail) which was nice, but sort of a let down after the BRP.
If you get an opportunity to make this drive do it!
Be sure, however, to plan your jump off points for lodging, gas, etc., because there really are not stop lights or 7-11's.
Keep the rubber side down.
- Anonymous (8/20/07)
Mile for mile, this is the best road I have ever ridden or driven on.
It has it all.
Amazing views, technical turns, fast sweepers, good road quality and not one stop sign or red light for 400+ miles.
I am doing this route top to bottom for the second time and second year in a row.
I absolutely am in love with this part of the US.
Make sure you do most of your travel during the week to greatly reduce your chances of winning a legal speed record.
- Dave C. (8/10/07)
If it weren't for the fact that Deals Gap and US 129 lie at one end of it, this would be the legendary motorcycle road of the East.
Some members of our trip actually liked the Blue Ridge more as a ride than Deals Gap.
From start to finish, this is a wonderful road to spend a weekend riding, but keep a sharp eye for all manner of wildlife.
- Craig Jackman (8/3/07)
Cherokee to Pisgah Mountain, NC is probably the best section of the Parkway!
Several tunnels and lots of twisty riding.
Pisgah Mountain Lodge has a great reatuarant and rooms.
Great out and back day trip.
- Rider from Valdosta, GA (6/18/07)
I agree with the previous comments, you can't get enough of this.
Don't be in a hurry, stop and enjoy the vistas.
Once you get to a quarter tank of gas, start looking, as gas stations can be hard to find.
- Rider from Valparasio, IN (6/4/07)
I have rode the entire 469 miles many times, and can not get enough.
If you want to feel as if you are miles from civilization, though close enough to find food and gas, this is the drive for you.
- Cindy Issacs (5/5/07)