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Extended Trips

  • Some Parkway campgrounds and services are located too far apart for convenient cycling.
  • Camping is permitted only at established campground. In some areas, U.S. Forest Service, State Park, and private campgrounds are within easy distance of the Parkway. However, many operate on a seasonal basis.
  • Food and lodging services are also available along and adjacent to the Parkway. Most operate seasonally.
  • To assist in planning your trip, consult the Parkway Directory.
  • Carry a simple first aid kit when possible.
  • Please contact a Ranger before leaving a motor vehicle parked overnight on the Parkway.

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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Monday, May 4, 2015, 9:00 am
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Tuesday, May 5, 2015, 9:00 am
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Wednesday, May 6, 2015, 9:00 am
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Thursday, May 7, 2015, 9:00 am

Marion Mountain Music

Thursday, May 7, 2015, 7:00 pm
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Friday, May 8, 2015, 9:00 am

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, May 8, 2015, 7:00 pm
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Garden Day

Saturday, May 9, 2015, 9:00 am

"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Saturday, May 9, 2015, 9:00 am

11th Annual Luray Festival of Spring

Saturday, May 9, 2015, 10:00 am

Tracks Music & Dance

Saturday, May 9, 2015, 7:00 pm
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Mothers' Day @ Poplar Forest

Sunday, May 10, 2015, 10:00 am

Group Painting

Sunday, May 10, 2015, 2:00 pm

Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, May 10, 2015, 2:00 pm
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Monthly Old Time Music Jam

Tuesday, May 12, 2015, 6:00 pm
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69th Semi-Annual Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival

Thursday, May 14, 2015, 12:00 pm

Marion Mountain Music

Thursday, May 14, 2015, 7:00 pm
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Grandfather Mountain Naturalist Weekend

Friday, May 15, 2015, 9:00 am

69th Semi-Annual Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival

Friday, May 15, 2015, 12:00 pm

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, May 15, 2015, 7:00 pm
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Gettysburg Outdoor Antique Show

Saturday, May 16, 2015, 7:00 am

Grandfather Mountain Naturalist Weekend

Saturday, May 16, 2015, 9:00 am

69th Semi-Annual Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival

Saturday, May 16, 2015, 12:00 pm

Vinton Wine & Food Festival

Saturday, May 16, 2015, 1:00 pm

Classic Car Cruise-In

Saturday, May 16, 2015, 3:00 pm

Tracks Music & Dance

Saturday, May 16, 2015, 7:00 pm
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Grandfather Mountain Naturalist Weekend

Sunday, May 17, 2015, 9:00 am

69th Semi-Annual Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival

Sunday, May 17, 2015, 12:00 pm

Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, May 17, 2015, 2:00 pm
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Marion Mountain Music

Thursday, May 21, 2015, 7:00 pm
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Festival in the Park

Friday, May 22, 2015, 11:00 am

Heritage Fest

Friday, May 22, 2015, 6:00 pm

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, May 22, 2015, 7:00 pm
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Heritage Fest

Saturday, May 23, 2015, 10:00 am

Bogs, Bugs and Beavers

Saturday, May 23, 2015, 10:30 am

Festival in the Park

Saturday, May 23, 2015, 11:00 am

7th Annual Crawfish Boil

Saturday, May 23, 2015, 5:00 pm

Tracks Music & Dance

Saturday, May 23, 2015, 7:00 pm
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Festival in the Park

Sunday, May 24, 2015, 11:00 am

Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, May 24, 2015, 2:00 pm

Winemaker's Dinner at Chateau Morrisette

Sunday, May 24, 2015, 5:00 pm

Winemaker's Dinner at Chateau Morrisette

Sunday, May 24, 2015, 5:00 pm

Chateau Morrisette Winemaker's Dinner

Sunday, May 24, 2015, 5:00 pm
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148th Memorial Day Parade and Ceremonies

Thursday, May 28, 2015, 2:00 pm

Marion Mountain Music

Thursday, May 28, 2015, 7:00 pm
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Grandfather Mountain Nature Photography Weekend

Friday, May 29, 2015, 9:00 am

17th Annual Lebanese Festival

Friday, May 29, 2015, 11:00 am

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, May 29, 2015, 7:00 pm
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Grandfather Mountain Nature Photography Weekend

Saturday, May 30, 2015, 9:00 am

Sidewalk Art Show

Saturday, May 30, 2015, 10:00 am

17th Annual Lebanese Festival

Saturday, May 30, 2015, 11:00 am

Tracks Music & Dance

Saturday, May 30, 2015, 7:00 pm
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Grandfather Mountain Nature Photography Weekend

Sunday, May 31, 2015, 9:00 am

Sidewalk Art Show

Sunday, May 31, 2015, 10:00 am

17th Annual Lebanese Festival

Sunday, May 31, 2015, 11:00 am

Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, May 31, 2015, 2:00 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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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