BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY OPEN DESPITE GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN
Facilities and parking lots closed
Driving and hiking allowed
On the Blue Ridge Parkway, the journey is the destination. Called "America's Favorite Drive," the Blue Ridge Parkway spans over 400 miles from the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia, to the Smokey Mountains in North Carolina. Over 120 miles of the Parkway runs through the High Country and our area features some of the most photographed, most visited stops on this amazing scenic drive. The High Country is also an integral part of the history of the Parkway because construction both began here, at Cumberland Gap, and ended in 1983 with the completion of the Linn Cove Viaduct.