Winter on the Blue Ridge Parkway

When considering outdoors recreation in Alleghany County, most visitors tend to think in terms of warm weather activities: float trips down the New River; trout fishing in one of many high quality trout streams; golfing on premier mountain golf courses; or hiking on the miles of trail along the Blue Ridge Parkway or in Stone Mountain State Park.

But, for wintertime recreation, most thoughts shift to the ski slopes of Watauga County or even West Virginia.  That’s unfortunate, because winter sports can be enjoyed right here in Alleghany County. During inclement weather, the Blue Ridge Parkway closes to traffic from Milepost 234 to just beyond Doughton Park.  This presents nice opportunities to utilize the Parkway in nontraditional fashion.

Ski-parkway

from roanokeoutside.com

There is nothing as quiet as a snowy hike.  Whether it is simply a matter of pulling on a pair of warm boots or strapping on a set of snowshoes, the Parkway is the perfect place to enjoy the quiet and solitude of a recent snowfall.

shoeshoe

from highcountrync.com

Cross country skiing is another way to take advantage of gentle gains and decreases in elevation along the Parkway.  Away from the crowds on the slopes near Boone, it is possible to glide along the Parkway and encounter few other people.

ski-parkway-snowshoe

from smokymountainrider.com

Remember to dress in layers since temperatures can vary widely.  Also, when parking, be sure to not block gates or access roads.  Otherwise, have fun!

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