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Parkway Visitor Center, MP 384

Parkway Visitor Center

Visitors traveling the Blue Ridge Parkway can now make one stop to learn about the entire 469 miles and history of the Parkway through an award-winning film and interactive exhibits on the natural, cultural, and recreational resources of the region.

The Blue Ridge National Heritage Area is a partner here and provides information on regional destinations. This location is also home to a “Kids in Parks” TRACK trail - a 1.5 mile long loop trail following part of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail on both sides of the Parkway.

The Parkway Visitor Center opened in 2008, unveiling innovative, high-tech interactive exhibits. The LEED-certified building features active/passive heating and cooling, radiant floor heating, a “green” roof and other energy efficient features. The visitor center is open year round except for Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day.

What to Do

  • Enjoy the hands-on I-Wall, a 22-foot interactive map of the entire Parkway providing multi-media information on places to visit on and near the Parkway
  • Explore exhibits that highlight the region’s natural and cultural diversity, economic traditions and recreational opportunities
  • Watch the movie “The Blue Ridge Parkway-America’s Favorite Journey,” shown hourly in high-definition surround sound, a 24-minute film capturing a father-daughter trip along the motor road that incorporates history and the region’s contemporary sights and sounds
  • Learn more about the Parkway at the information and book sales area

Website: www.blueridgeheritage.com/attractions-destinations/blue-ridge-parkway-visitor-center


Handicap Accessibility

- visitor center is wheelchair accessible 

- restrooms are wheelchair accessible 

- exhibits are wheelchair accessible

- interpretive programs are wheelchair accessible 

- picnic area is wheelchair accessible

Highlights & Happenings

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  • With stunning views, natural beauty, and the surrounding Jefferson National Forest, it’s no wonder the Peaks of Otter area has attracted people to the region for more than 8,000 years.
  • Julian Price Memorial Park, MP 297
  • Price Park is a haven for relaxation and recreation with the 47-acre Price Lake as its focal point. Visitors enjoy one of the most popular and largest picnic areas on the Parkway, along with camping, boating and fishing on Price Lake, and ample oppor
  • Doughton Park, MP 240
  • The Brinegar Cabin, craft demonstrations, and diverse hiking options and make Doughton Park a must-experience destination along the Parkway.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Craggy Gardens, MP 364
  • For generations, visitors have headed for the Craggies in June, typically the prime time for viewing the pink and purple blooms of Catawba rhododendrons that blanket much of the area.
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  • What To Do
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  • Blue Ridge Parkway Directory & Travel Planner
  • The 68th edition of the Blue Ridge Parkway Directory & Travel Planner is your ultimate source for planning a trip to the Blue Ridge Mountains.
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