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Hiking Trails

Hiking at Cone Park, Blue Ridge ParkwayA journey on the Blue Ridge Parkway offers motorists spectacular views of Southern Appalachia’s diverse beauty for 469 uninterrupted miles. Blue-misted mountains, cascading waterfalls, rolling pasture, and gorges banked with wildflowers greet hikers of all skill levels among the more than 100 varied and intriguing trails in North Carolina and Virginia.

Meandering alongside and crossing the scenic motor road, the trails provide a close-up look at some of the most beautiful wilderness in the country. Many trails wind their way through unique biological and geological environments. Others lead to historic sites with stories of how people have shaped our heritage.

Many parkway trails continue onto Forest Service and private land. Please respect all these lands and treat them with care. Click on the following links for a list of Blue Ridge Parkway hiking trails in North Carolina and Virginia.

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36th Annual Strawberry Festival

Friday, May 6, 2016, 10:00 am

How the West Was Won

Friday, May 6, 2016, 2:00 pm

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, May 6, 2016, 7:00 pm
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Garden Day

Saturday, May 7, 2016, 9:00 am

Art in the Park

Saturday, May 7, 2016, 10:00 am

36th Annual Strawberry Festival

Saturday, May 7, 2016, 10:00 am

Architectural Restoration Talk & Tour

Saturday, May 7, 2016, 11:00 am

Raffaldini Winery Grilling Luncheon

Saturday, May 7, 2016, 1:00 pm

How the West Was Won

Saturday, May 7, 2016, 2:00 pm

Architectural Restoration Talk & Tour

Saturday, May 7, 2016, 2:00 pm
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Mother's Day at Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest

Sunday, May 8, 2016, 11:00 am

Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, May 8, 2016, 2:00 pm
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Monthly Old Time Music Jam

Tuesday, May 10, 2016, 6:00 pm
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How the West Was Won

Thursday, May 12, 2016, 2:00 pm

Marion Mountain Music

Thursday, May 12, 2016, 7:00 pm
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How the West Was Won

Friday, May 13, 2016, 2:00 pm

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, May 13, 2016, 7:00 pm
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4th Annual Cradle to Grave 30K & 10K Race

Saturday, May 14, 2016, 8:00 am

Lexington Rockbridge Studio Tour

Saturday, May 14, 2016, 10:00 am

How the West Was Won

Saturday, May 14, 2016, 2:00 pm
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Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, May 15, 2016, 2:00 pm
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How the West Was Won

Thursday, May 19, 2016, 2:00 pm

Marion Mountain Music

Thursday, May 19, 2016, 7:00 pm
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Fish and Pick Bluegrass Festival

Friday, May 20, 2016, 10:00 am

How the West Was Won

Friday, May 20, 2016, 2:00 pm

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, May 20, 2016, 7:00 pm
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Gettysburg Outdoor Antique Show

Saturday, May 21, 2016, 7:00 am

Fish and Pick Bluegrass Festival

Saturday, May 21, 2016, 10:00 am

Vinton Wine and Food Festival

Saturday, May 21, 2016, 1:00 pm

How the West Was Won

Saturday, May 21, 2016, 2:00 pm
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Fish and Pick Bluegrass Festival

Sunday, May 22, 2016, 10:00 am

Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, May 22, 2016, 2:00 pm
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How the West Was Won

Thursday, May 26, 2016, 2:00 pm

Marion Mountain Music

Thursday, May 26, 2016, 7:00 pm
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How the West Was Won

Friday, May 27, 2016, 2:00 pm

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, May 27, 2016, 7:00 pm
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MineFest at Emerald Village

Saturday, May 28, 2016, 9:00 am

Garden Jubilee

Saturday, May 28, 2016, 9:00 am

Bogs, Bugs and Beavers

Saturday, May 28, 2016, 9:00 am

How the West Was Won

Saturday, May 28, 2016, 2:00 pm
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MineFest at Emerald Village

Sunday, May 29, 2016, 9:00 am

Garden Jubilee

Sunday, May 29, 2016, 9:00 am

Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, May 29, 2016, 2:00 pm

The Winemaker’s Dinner at Chateau Morrisette

Sunday, May 29, 2016, 5:00 pm
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149th Memorial Day Parade and Ceremonies

Monday, May 30, 2016, 2:00 pm
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Highlights & Happenings

  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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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