Alternate Directions - Parkway Closures

CURRENT STATUS: Explore Park is currently inaccessible from the Blue Ridge Parkway due to mudslide related closures. Please follow these alternate directions. 

SEE CURRENT CLOSURES: National Park Service Road Closure Map

Directions From Downtown Roanoke - Avoiding Blue Ridge Parkway

  • Off of I-581 North take exit 6, turn left onto Elm Avenue, to third stop light. 
  • Turn right on 13th Street (changes to Bennington Ave. along the river)
  • Follow to the round about at the intersection with Riverland Road (Route 116) circling clockwise all the way around the intersection to head eastbound.
  •  Immediately take next left turn onto Rutrough Road (Route 658)
  •  Continue 4.5 miles to the Explore Park Service Entrance on your left just past the little brick church.

On a phone or GPS navigation system: List your destination as 3900 Rutrough Road SE. Roanoke, VA 24014