Blue Ridge Parkway Snow Photo Journal

Blue Ridge Parkway Snow Photo Journal

Take a photo tour of peaceful snow scenes from the Blue Ridge Parkway in the Asheville area of North Carolina. Since the Parkway is not plowed or treated during snows, it closes and creates a winter wonderland to explore by foot or cross country skiing. A few short sections stay open for local access, so you can take an adventureous drive there. In the higher ridges north and south of Asheville, this scenic drive is closed much of the winter depending on the weather. See our big Blue Ridge Parkway Guide to plan a trip in warmer months. Plus, see plenty of ideas for a winter getaway to Asheville.

Blue Ridge Parkway in Snow

A fresh snow at Soco Gap (milepost 455.7), a great location to often see snow on the Parkway, located between Maggie Valley and Cherokee.

Snow on the Blue Ridge Parkway

Often, you'll find snow scenes like this in the higher elevations of the Parkway while there is no snow in the city of Asheville and valley locations.

Orchard at Altapass in Snow

The Orchard at Altapass covered in snow. A short growing season there is long enough to produce many apples to enjoy each fall. See our Orchard at Altapass Guide.

Soco Falls NC in Snow

Just a couple of miles from the Blue Ridge Parkway is Soco Falls, a spectacular twin waterfall that is a short walk from the highway. See our Soco Falls Guide.

VIDEO: Take a drive with us on the Blue Ridge Parkway near Little Switzerland!

Snow on Blue Ridge Parkway

Typical winter snow showers - pouring snow one minute and blue skies and sun the next!

NC Museum of Minerals

The Museum of North Carolina Minerals on the Blue Ridge Parkway near Spruce Pine. It's usually open seven days a week even when the Parkway is closed. Read more about it.

Blue Ridge Parkway Fall Snow

An early snow covered the fall leaves, creating colorful contrasts along a walk on the Blue Ridge Parkway north of Asheville. Read about a favorite Winter Hike on the Parkway.

Linville Falls NC Snow

Hike to Linville Falls even if the Blue Ridge Parkway is closed. Park in the Pisgah National Forest for the Linville Gorge Wilderness area. Read much more.

Blue Ridge Parkway Fall Snow

Every few years, we'll get an early November snow that blankets the fall colors along the Parkway. So instead of driving, you can walk through the wonderland.

Enjoy the Blue Ridge Parkway by exploring some of its many hiking trails near Asheville. There’s a big variety of hikes, ranging from easy strolls to strenuous... read more
Winter hikes can provide many wonderful surprises like better views (since leaves are off the trees), few fellow hikers, no bugs, brilliant skies with clear distant views on many days and cool... read more
Waterfalls near Asheville can be even more spectacular to see during the winter months. Leafless trees often make for clearer views. And experience magical icy scenes during winter cold snaps in our... read more
Looking for a great winter hike? Bundle up and head to Roan Mountain. It is frequently blanketed by snow and rime ice in the winter. From the Highway 261 entrance to Roan... read more
Of the 26 tunnels on the Blue Ridge Parkway, 25 of them are in North Carolina near Asheville! We've listed them below by milepost, from north to south. To go north on Parkway from the city, enter... read more