Culled from thousands and thousands of visitors, here are the top 3 questions that are asked about the Blue Ridge Parkway.
WHERE CAN I GET GASOLINE?
CAN WE DRIVE THE PARKWAY IN WINTER?
WHAT ARE THE MAIN THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND ON THE PARKWAY?
- Obey speed limits! Driving the parkway safely means keep your speed at or below the posted limits – this can be a very twisting/winding road, and some of the curves are more difficult to navigate that most roads. Just pay attention, keep your speed down, and you should be fine. Besides, you want to soak in the experience, not have it just whip right by you!
- Let nature be! It is important that you refrain from picking flowers or gathering wood. The idea with the wildlands surrounding the Blue Ridge Parkway is to keep them that way – natural and wild. Keeping such an ecosystem as intact as possible means trying to minimize any further human disturbance of it.
- This is bear country. Seeing a bear during your journey is one of the most hoped-for and quintessential experiences of driving the Blue Ridge Parkway. Just remember that bears are wild and it is both illegal and unwise to attempt to feed or interact with such an animal. If you will be camping in the area, be sure to securely store all food containers and products inside your vehicle.