The Blue Ridge Parkway closes in winter except for the section through Asheville, making large sections of this segment inaccessible except at major road crossings, which may be too far apart for day trips. Wintertime running in this segment will require careful planning.
Features: Fall Colors — River/Creek — Views — Wildflowers — Wildlife
Need to Know
Camping is prohibited on all Blue Ridge Parkway property and in Mount Mitchell State Park except in designated campgrounds. Primitive camping is allowed anywhere in the Pisgah National Forest, which surrounds the BRP for much of this segment. Before setting up a backcountry camp, please confirm that you are in a legal camping area.
The trail in Segment 3 is generally well marked with the MST blaze
Flora & Fauna
Craggy Gardens (roughly eastbound miles 45-47, westbound miles 20-22) is renowned for its stunning displays of azalea and rhododendron, usually peaking in June.