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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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Campground & Interpretive Programs

Sunday, February 14, 2016, 6:00 pm

Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, February 14, 2016, 2:00 pm
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Campground & Interpretive Programs

Monday, February 15, 2016, 6:00 pm
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Tuesday, February 16, 2016, 6:00 pm
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Wednesday, February 17, 2016, 6:00 pm
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Thursday, February 18, 2016, 6:00 pm

Marion Mountain Music

Thursday, February 18, 2016, 7:00 pm
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Campground & Interpretive Programs

Friday, February 19, 2016, 6:00 pm

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, February 19, 2016, 7:00 pm
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Sunday, February 21, 2016, 6:00 pm

Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, February 21, 2016, 2:00 pm
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Monday, February 22, 2016, 6:00 pm
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Campground & Interpretive Programs

Tuesday, February 23, 2016, 6:00 pm
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Wednesday, February 24, 2016, 6:00 pm
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Campground & Interpretive Programs

Thursday, February 25, 2016, 6:00 pm

Marion Mountain Music

Thursday, February 25, 2016, 7:00 pm
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Campground & Interpretive Programs

Friday, February 26, 2016, 6:00 pm

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, February 26, 2016, 7:00 pm
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Sunday, February 28, 2016, 6:00 pm

Informal Jam on the Porch

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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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Folk Art Center, Milepost 382
  • Open year round, the Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway showcases the finest in traditional and contemporary craft of the Southern Appalachians.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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