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Visitor Centers

James River Visitor Center, VirginiaThe Blue Ridge Parkway offers many Visitor Centers along its 469 miles - great places to stretch your legs, take a rest, enjoy the view, and learn more about the region!

Explore the listing for hours and opening and closing dates. In winter, Parkway sections may be closed by snow or ice.

Virginia Visitor Centers

Milepost 5.8 - Humpback Rocks

Milepost 63.6 - James River

Milepost 86 - Peaks of Otter

Milepost 169 - Rocky Knob

North Carolina Visitor Centers

Milepost 217.5 - Cumberland Knob

Milepost 258.6 - Northwest Trading Post

Milepost 294.1 - Moses H. Cone

Milepost 304.4 - Linn Cove Viaduct

Milepost 316.4 - Linville Falls

Milepost 331 - Museum of NC Minerals

Milepost 364.6 - Craggy Gardens

Milepost 382- Folk Art Center

Milepost 384 - The Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center

Milepost 451.2 - Waterrock Knob

Milepost 462.9 - Oconaluftee

Highlights & Happenings

  • Humpback Rocks, MP 5.8
  • At the northern end of the Blue Ridge Parkway, Humpback Rocks is perhaps the best representation of the varied combination of natural and cultural resources anywhere along the Parkway corridor. Visitors can tour a collection of nineteenth century far
  • Moses H. Cone Park, MP 294
  • A majestic 4,200 acres at the foot of Grandfather Mountain, named in honor of Julian Price, lies directly adjacent to the Moses H. Cone Memorial Park. Together these parks comprise the largest developed area set aside for public recreati
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Blue Ridge Music Center
  • The Blue Ridge Music Center is a state-of-the-art performing arts facility built to preserve and promote the historic music of Virginia and the Blue Ridge.
  • 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
  • Fall Color - Tips for Leaf Season
  • Tips for planning your scenic drive or vacation to see the fall color along the Blue Ridge Parkway.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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