The economic impact of the Blue Ridge Parkway

September 22, 2021

Blue Ridge Parkway economic impact graphicFor millions of annual visitors, the Blue Ridge Parkway provides a one-of-a-kind experience with its breathtaking mountain views, miles of trails, diverse wildlife, fascinating historical sites, and enthralling cultural events. That’s why in 2020, it attracted more visitors than any other national park unit.

Travelers from near and far make the Parkway a powerful economic driver for the 29 counties and hundreds of communities it passes through in North Carolina and Virginia. Parkway spending has reached or exceeded $1 billion each year since 2017.

At the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, we work to preserve and enhance these experiences, ensuring that people return to enjoy the park, and its neighboring towns and businesses, time and time again.

Your involvement is essential to this goal! 

To share information about the Parkway's economic impact, we've created a printable information graphic for your convenience. Click here or on the image to download. 

To request printed copies, contact Rita Larkin at