Nature & Science

Nature is what draws the vast majority of people to journey along the Blue Ridge Parkway. To give you an idea of what’s in store for you as far as getting back to nature, here are some overall numbers that you might find impressive:

  • 81,000 – Number of acres of land that make up the Parkway’s holdings, making it the largest unit in the National Park system.
  • 600 – Number of streams in the Parkway.
  • 47 – Number of designated Natural Heritage Areas in the Parkway.
  • 100 – Possible number of different types of soils in the Parkway.
  • 5,700 – Range of elevations along the Parkway.
  • 1,600 – Number of different vascular plant species in the Parkway.
  • 50 – Number of those plant species that are threatened or endangered.
  • 130 – Number of species of trees that grow along the Parkway.
  • 400 – Number of different species of mosses in the Parkway.
  • 2,000 – Number of different species of fungi that grow in the Parkway.
  • 74 – Number of different species of mammals found in the parkway.
  • 50 – Number of different species of amphibians found in the Parkway.
  • 35 – Number of different species of reptiles found in the Parkway.
  • 159 – Number of different species of birds that nest in the Parkway.