The parkway varies in elevation from just under 650 feet at Virginia's James River to over 6,000 feet south of Mount Pisgah in North Carolina. Elevation can drastically affect local weather. Temperatures can vary 10-20 degrees Fahrenheit from the communities in the foothills surrounding the parkway to the crest of the mountains.
Clear skies in local communities do not guarantee equally pleasant weather at higher elevations. At any time of the year, the parkway can be in the clouds with foggy driving conditions. On grey and cloudy days, you may have poor visibility.
Be aware of changing weather conditions and approaching weather systems by checking the forecast before heading to the parkway. Prior planning and weather-wise clothing will help ensure an enjoyable visit during any season. Dress in layers and carry a rain and wind resistant jacket with you--even in summer.
Current weather forecasts for the parkway are available online from the National Weather Service:
Last updated: October 5, 2021