From I-77: Take exit 83 (northbound traffic only) or exit 85 and follow US 21 north up the Blue Ridge Mountains 16 miles to Roaring Gap and 28 miles to in intersection with NC 18 in the center of Sparta, NC.
From US 421: Take exit 282 onto US 421 Bus./NC 115 north for 2.9 miles. Turn right onto NC 18 North/Second Street. Follow NC 18 north up the Blue Ridge Mountains for 20 miles to Laurel Springs, NC, and 31 miles to the intersection with US 21 in the center of Sparta, NC
From Mt. Airy, NC: Head west on NC 89 north for 20 miles to the intersection with NC 18. Turn left on NC 18 and follow for 15 miles to the intersection with US 21 in the center of Sparta, NC.
From Virginia: Take US 21 south and follow into Alleghany County and Sparta, NC.
From Jefferson, NC, and Ashe County: Take NC 88 north to Laurel Springs to where it dead-ends into NC 18. Go left on NC 18 and follow for 12 miles to Sparta, NC.
When you are in town, be sure to stop by the Chamber of Commerce and Visitors’ Center at 58 South Main Street in Sparta. We are located in the rock building with the green awning across from the Farmers Hardware parking lot.
Backroads Driving Loops, each require 45 minutes to 1 hour to complete (8.5x11 inches .pdf)
Elk Creek (Note to motorcyclists and bicyclists: all paved roads)
Little River Valley (Note to motorcyclists and bicyclists: all paved roads)
New River Loop (Some gravel roads may not be suitable for extremely large vehicles or when towing RVs)
Doughton Park Trails
Note: there is no longer a gas station at Doughton Park as shown on map.
Map: Sparta and Alleghany County and adjoining New River (11x17 inches .pdf)
Mahogany Rock Hawk Watching Guide (8.5x11 inches .pdf)
Parkway Bicycling Brochure (8.5x11 inches .pdf)
Parkway Fishing Guide (8.5x11 inches .pdf)
Parkway Map MP 180-290 (8.5x11 inches .pdf)
Parkway Strip Map (9x46 inches .pdf)
Unprintable except on professional equipment, this beautiful map is no longer available.