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Craggy Gardens, MP 364

Craggy GardensThese high elevation summits are home to spectacular floral displays. June and July are usually prime times to view the pink and purple blooms of rhododendron, but don’t despair if you miss the peak bloom. Violets, blackberry, May-apple, and Turkscap lily burst onto the scene with color in this high-altitude portion of the Parkway.

What to Do

  • Plan your adventure at the Craggy Gardens visitor center
  • Take a short hike up Craggy Pinnacle trail and witness a stunning 360-view of seemingly endless peaks and forested slopes
  • Enjoy a picnic amid natural beauty
  • Visit nearby Mount Mitchell, the highest point east of the Mississippi

Explore the listing of hours and opening and closing dates for visitor centers, campgrounds, and concessions and facilities - many of which are at or near the Highlights featured.

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NOC Spring Fling & ERA /Wave Sport Nantahala Open

Saturday, April 25, 2015, 6:00 pm

Vinton Dogwood Festival

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Virginia Hot Glass Festival

Saturday, April 25, 2015, 9:00 am

International Migratory Bird Day

Saturday, April 25, 2015, 9:00 am

Pioneer Day

Saturday, April 25, 2015, 9:00 am

"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Saturday, April 25, 2015, 9:00 am

Greening Up the Mountains

Saturday, April 25, 2015, 10:00 am

Mountain Thunder Car Show

Saturday, April 25, 2015, 10:00 am

Earth Day Roanoke

Saturday, April 25, 2015, 10:00 am

Spring Open House at Chateau Morrisette

Saturday, April 25, 2015, 11:00 am

Rockin' Brews & BBQ

Saturday, April 25, 2015, 12:00 pm

Tracks Music & Dance

Saturday, April 25, 2015, 7:00 pm

Toad Trek

Saturday, April 25, 2015, 7:30 pm
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NOC Spring Fling & ERA /Wave Sport Nantahala Open

Sunday, April 26, 2015, 6:00 pm

Vinton Dogwood Festival

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Annual Gettysburg North-South Marathon

Sunday, April 26, 2015, 6:00 am

Spring Migration Bird Hike

Sunday, April 26, 2015, 8:00 am

"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Sunday, April 26, 2015, 9:00 am

Virginia Hot Glass Festival

Sunday, April 26, 2015, 10:00 am

Spring Open House at Chateau Morrisette

Sunday, April 26, 2015, 11:00 am

Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, April 26, 2015, 2:00 pm
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Monday, April 27, 2015, 9:00 am
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Thursday, April 30, 2015, 9:00 am

2015 Grandin Theatre Film Festival

Thursday, April 30, 2015, 1:00 pm

Marion Mountain Music

Thursday, April 30, 2015, 7:00 pm
   

Highlights & Happenings

  • James River & Otter Creek, MP 60-63.8
  • At the lowest elevation along the Parkway, visitors can hike, camp, fish, have a picnic, and see restored Battery Creek Lock from the Kanawha Canal.
  • Doughton Park, MP 240
  • Renew your senses amid this landscape of open meadows. Doughton Park is one of the best places along the Blue Ridge Parkway to view white-tailed deer, raccoons, red and grey foxes, and bobcats.  Flowers burst on the scene in late spring and crea
  • Cumberland Knob, MP 217.5
  • Located near the Virginia state line, Cumberland Knob is the site where construction of the Blue Ridge Parkway began in 1935. It was the first recreation area opened to the public and remains a favorite destination for both locals and visitors. The m
  • Parkway Visitor Center, MP 384
  • Visitors traveling the Blue Ridge Parkway can now make one stop to learn about the entire 469 miles and 73-year history of the Parkway. The Parkway Visitor Center opened in 2008 and unveiled innovative, high-tech interactive exhibits. The LEED-certif
  • Julian Price Memorial Park, MP 297
  • A majestic 4,200 acres at the foot of Grandfather Mountain, named in honor of Julian Price, comprises this popular park and lies directly adjacent to the Moses H. Cone Memorial Park. Together these parks make up the largest developed area set as
  • Waterrock Knob, MP 451.2
  • An ideal spot for watching sunrise and sunsets across the rugged mountains, Waterrock Knob Visitor Center sits at almost 6,000 feet elevation. Exhibits, book sales, and a trail leading to the summit of Waterrock Knob await visitors. The last hik
  • Rocky Knob & Mabry Mill, MP 169, 176.2
  • These Parkway treasures offer many opportunities for visitors including hiking, camping, picnicking, and one of the most-photographed structures along the Blue Ridge Parkway.
  • Civil War Sesquicentennial
  • 2015 marks the 150th year anniversary of when the last shot east of the Mississippi was fired during the Civil War, which rang out in present-day Waynesville.
  • Parkway Road Conditions
  • An open Parkway is a safe Parkway. Be sure to check road conditions online or by phone before you travel and during your visit.
  • Hiking Trails
  • A journey on the Blue Ridge Parkway offers motorists spectacular views of Southern Appalachia’s diverse beauty for 469.1 uninterrupted miles.
  • Blue Ridge Parkway Directory & Travel Planner
  • The 66th edition of the Blue Ridge Parkway Directory & Travel Planner is your ultimate source for planning a trip to the Blue Ridge Mountains.
  • Camping
  • Camping is one way visitors traveling through the Blue Ridge Parkway can spend the night under the stars in one of America’s most beautiful natural settings.
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