Blue Ridge Parkway History, Facts and Information

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The Blue Ridge Parkway was built during the depression. It was part of the New Deal Programs of Franklin D. Roosevelt's Administration designed to put people to work. The program was called the CCC or the Civilian Conservation Corp. It operated like the military with strict discipline. The CCC was for young single men age 18 to 25. They were paid 25 dollars per month, the pay went to their families with 5 dollars withheld for the workers needs for that month.

The Blue Ridge Parkway starts in Roanoke Virginia and ends just outside of Cherokee North Carolina.

How long does it take to drive?

It takes about 8 hours to drive the entire length of the parkway.

Attractions

Virginia

North Carolina

  • chateau morrisette winery
  • Mably Mill
  • National D-Day Memorial Bedford
  • Natural Bridge of Virginia .
  • George C. Marshall Museum Lexington
  • Jeb Stuart Birthplace at Arafat VA near Mt. Airy
  • NCP. Buckley Moss Museum Waynesboro, ExhibitsGrand Caverns Exit 235 off I-81.Skyline Caverns - Front Royal
  • Endless Caverns Exit 257 off I-81 N. or Exit 264 off I-81 S
  • Luray Caverns Exit 264 off I-81
  • Shenandoah Caverns Exit 269 off I-81
  • Blowing Rock - Legends - Starlight of Blowing Rock
  • Grandfather Mountain - Linville, Boone, Banner Elk, Blowing Rock.
  • Oconaluftee Indian Village - Cherokee.
  • Biltmore Estates - Asheville: There are 4 entrances to the Blue Ridge Parkway in the Asheville area. They are located at US 70, US 74, US 25, & NC 191.
  • Chimney Rock - Lake Lure & Asheville.
  • Lake Lure - Hendersonville, Flat Rock, Asheville.
  • Folk Art Center - Asheville.
  • Tweetsie Railroad - Dillsboro, Blowing Rock,
  • Old Salem - Winston Salem

Note to Bicyclists and Motorists Riding the Blue Ridge Parkway

parkway tunnelMany people take their bikes up on the Blue Ridge Parkway especially on pretty days. Nothing wrong with that except that there are a lot of impatient drivers who drive too fast on the parkway (speed limit is 45) and when they get behind a biker they try and pass. The Blue Ridge Parkway is almost all curves. You can see the danger here for a potential head-on collision or someone running over a biker. For safety's sake, please, keep the speed limit and don't pass unless you know for sure its clear. And don't get impatient with drivers that are cautious. If you are in a hurry take another route.

Many people take the Blue Ridge Parkway for a leisurely drive and drive below the speed limit. Leisurely drivers are more evident in the Fall when the leaves are changing.

Bikers be sure to be on the alert for speeding cars, wear your safety gear and reflective clothing. Make your vacation here in the mountains an enjoyable visit but please be safe.

Blueridge Parkway Hotels NC

Are you looking for a hotel near Blue Ridge Parkway NC or VA? Here is a list of towns and cities that have places to stay near the entrances of the Parkway.

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