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Bicycling Tips for Safety

  • To ensure safe and enjoyable bicycling on day or overnight trips, planning is important. We suggest you carry: (1) plenty of water and high energy foods; (2) clothing for safety and protection from adverse weather conditions; and (3) some form of identification.
  • Be sure your bicycle is equipped with reflectors. Helmets and high-visibility clothing are recommended.
  • Be sure to ride single file, well to the right-hand side of the road and obey the same traffic rules that apply to motor vehicles.
  • Bicycles are not permitted on trails or walkways.
  • Plan ahead, and be sure to take into consideration elevation changes that will require more time and, of course, more exertion.
  • Wear a bicycle helmet.
  • Be sure your bicycle is in good operating condition. Carry a spare tube and tools for minor repairs.
  • Wear high visibility clothing. It sets you apart from the scenery and makes you more visible to motorists.
  • Avoid the Parkway during periods of low visibility. Fog and rain may occur unpredictably. Reschedule your trip for better weather or follow lower elevation routes until weather conditions improve.
  • Exercise caution when riding through tunnels. Please be sure your bicycle is equipped with the proper lights or reflectors. There are 26 tunnels in North Carolina and one tunnel in Virginia.
  • Temperatures vary greatly along the Parkway due to different elevations. Wear your clothing in layers, if possible.
  • Safe drinking water is available at all picnic areas, campgrounds, concession operations, and visitor centers. Water from streams and springs is unsafe for drinking unless you purify it.
  • Make an honest evaluation of your abilities before beginning a bicycle trip on the Parkway. In some sections, you will climb as much as 1,100 feet in 3.4 miles.
  • When cycling in a group, adjust your spacing to allow motor vehicles to pass safely.

We encourage you to become familiar with Parkway resources and services before beginning your cycling trip. Parkway maps and additional information are available by writing Superintendent, Blue Ridge Parkway, 199 Hemphill Knob Road, Asheville, N.C. 28803 or calling (828)298-0398.

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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Friday, April 17, 2015, 9:00 am

Annual Sounds of the Mountains Music and Storytelling Festival

Friday, April 17, 2015, 7:00 pm

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, April 17, 2015, 7:00 pm

"The Giver"

Friday, April 17, 2015, 7:30 pm
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Blue Ridge Marathon, Half Marathon and StarK

Saturday, April 18, 2015, 7:30 am

Birds of the Holly Discovery Trail

Saturday, April 18, 2015, 8:45 am

"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Saturday, April 18, 2015, 9:00 am

Annual Sounds of the Mountains Music and Storytelling Festival

Saturday, April 18, 2015, 10:00 am

17th Annual Blue Ridge Kite Festival

Saturday, April 18, 2015, 10:00 am

Winery Deck Music Series - Skiffle Creek

Saturday, April 18, 2015, 1:00 pm

Guided Natural History Hike

Saturday, April 18, 2015, 3:00 pm

Classic Car Cruise-In

Saturday, April 18, 2015, 3:00 pm

Tracks Music & Dance

Saturday, April 18, 2015, 7:00 pm

"The Giver"

Saturday, April 18, 2015, 7:30 pm
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Sunday, April 19, 2015, 9:00 am

Spring Boat Tour

Sunday, April 19, 2015, 9:45 am

Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, April 19, 2015, 2:00 pm

"The Giver"

Sunday, April 19, 2015, 2:30 pm
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Monday, April 20, 2015, 9:00 am
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Tuesday, April 21, 2015, 9:00 am

Garden Day

Tuesday, April 21, 2015, 10:00 am
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Vinton Dogwood Festival

Wednesday, April 22, 2015, 6:00 pm

"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Wednesday, April 22, 2015, 9:00 am

Earth Day Hike

Wednesday, April 22, 2015, 6:00 pm
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Vinton Dogwood Festival

Thursday, April 23, 2015, 6:00 pm

"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Thursday, April 23, 2015, 9:00 am

Speak for the Trees!

Thursday, April 23, 2015, 10:00 am

Marion Mountain Music

Thursday, April 23, 2015, 7:00 pm
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NOC Spring Fling & ERA /Wave Sport Nantahala Open

Friday, April 24, 2015, 6:00 pm

Vinton Dogwood Festival

Friday, April 24, 2015

"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Friday, April 24, 2015, 9:00 am

Gallery Grand Opening

Friday, April 24, 2015, 4:00 pm

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, April 24, 2015, 7:00 pm
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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"

Tuesday, April 28, 2015, 9:00 am
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Wednesday, April 29, 2015, 9:00 am
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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

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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. The Blue Ridge region has produced more old-time and bluegrass musicians per capita than any o
  • 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
  • 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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