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Parkway Visitor Center, MP 384

Parkway Visitor CenterVisitors 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-certified building features active/passive heating and cooling, radiant floor heating, a “green” roof and other energy efficient features.

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

Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 pm daily. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.  Admission is free.

Phone: 828.298.5330

Web: http://www.blueridgeheritage.com/node/1019

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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How the West Was Won

Thursday, April 28, 2016, 2:00 pm

Marion Mountain Music

Thursday, April 28, 2016, 7:00 pm
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Spring Boat Tour

Friday, April 29, 2016, 10:00 am

How the West Was Won

Friday, April 29, 2016, 2:00 pm

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, April 29, 2016, 7:00 pm
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International Migratory Bird Day Celebration

Saturday, April 30, 2016, 8:30 am

Paddy's Creek Trail Hike

Saturday, April 30, 2016, 9:00 am

Lexington Historic Garden Tour

Saturday, April 30, 2016, 10:00 am

Spring Open House Weekend at Chateau Morrisette

Saturday, April 30, 2016, 12:00 pm

South Creek Winery Deck Series - Sorella Jack

Saturday, April 30, 2016, 1:00 pm

How the West Was Won

Saturday, April 30, 2016, 2:00 pm
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Highlights & Happenings

  • 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
  • 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.
  • Mount Pisgah, MP 408
  • Mount Pisgah’s spectacular views, hiking trails, camping and the Mount Pisgah Inn make this area a popular destination for visitors along the Blue Ridge Parkway. The mountain and thousands of surrounding acres was originally purchased by indust
  • Peaks of Otter, MP 86
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • Craggy Gardens, MP 364
  • These 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, a
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Blue Ridge Parkway Directory & Travel Planner
  • The 67th edition of the Blue Ridge Parkway Directory & Travel Planner is your ultimate source for planning a trip to the Blue Ridge Mountains.
  • Hiking Trails
  • A journey on the Blue Ridge Parkway offers motorists spectacular views of Southern Appalachia’s diverse beauty for 469.1 uninterrupted miles.
  • Blooms & Wildlife Watching
  • Don't forget your cameras and binoculars when visiting the Blue Ridge Parkway! Learn when and where to see blooms along your journey.
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