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History

Blue Ridge ParkwayCelebrating its 75th anniversary in 2010, the Blue Ridge Parkway is a product of the New Deal’s efforts to provide jobs to the unemployed of the Great Depression. Construction began in September 1935 at Cumberland Knob near the North Carolina and Virginia state line.

The idea was to create a link between the Shenandoah National Park to the edge of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Completed in 1983, the Parkway’s history has been highlighted by documentarian Ken Burns in the six-part “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea” series originally aired on PBS.

For an in-depth history, visit the official Blue Ridge Parkway 75th anniversary Web site

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Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, February 1, 2015, 2:00 pm
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Thursday, February 5, 2015, 9:00 am

Marion Mountain Music

Thursday, February 5, 2015, 7:00 pm
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Friday, February 6, 2015, 9:00 am

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, February 6, 2015, 7:00 pm
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Saturday, February 7, 2015, 9:00 am

WazUpWidis-Urban Race and Stair Challenge

Saturday, February 7, 2015, 9:00 am

Yoga For All at the Peaks

Saturday, February 7, 2015, 4:00 pm

Yoga For All at the Peaks

Saturday, February 7, 2015, 4:00 pm

Tracks Music & Dance

Saturday, February 7, 2015, 7:00 pm
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Sunday, February 8, 2015, 9:00 am

Group Painting

Sunday, February 8, 2015, 2:00 pm

Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, February 8, 2015, 2:00 pm
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

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

Tuesday, February 10, 2015, 9:00 am

Monthly Old Time Music Jam

Tuesday, February 10, 2015, 6:00 pm
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Wednesday, February 11, 2015, 9:00 am
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Thursday, February 12, 2015, 9:00 am

Marion Mountain Music

Thursday, February 12, 2015, 7:00 pm
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Friday, February 13, 2015, 9:00 am

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, February 13, 2015, 7:00 pm
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Saturday, February 14, 2015, 9:00 am

Peak Perfection Vintner Dinner

Saturday, February 14, 2015, 6:00 pm

Tracks Music & Dance

Saturday, February 14, 2015, 7:00 pm
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Sunday, February 15, 2015, 9:00 am

Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, February 15, 2015, 2:00 pm
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Monday, February 16, 2015, 9:00 am
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Tuesday, February 17, 2015, 9:00 am
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Wednesday, February 18, 2015, 9:00 am
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Thursday, February 19, 2015, 9:00 am

Marion Mountain Music

Thursday, February 19, 2015, 7:00 pm
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Friday, February 20, 2015, 9:00 am

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, February 20, 2015, 7:00 pm
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Saturday, February 21, 2015, 9:00 am

Orienteering Treasure Hunt

Saturday, February 21, 2015, 2:00 pm

Classic Car Cruise-In

Saturday, February 21, 2015, 3:00 pm

Tracks Music & Dance

Saturday, February 21, 2015, 7:00 pm
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Sunday, February 22, 2015, 9:00 am

Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, February 22, 2015, 2:00 pm
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Monday, February 23, 2015, 9:00 am
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Tuesday, February 24, 2015, 9:00 am
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Wednesday, February 25, 2015, 9:00 am
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Thursday, February 26, 2015, 9:00 am

Marion Mountain Music

Thursday, February 26, 2015, 7:00 pm
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Friday, February 27, 2015, 9:00 am

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, February 27, 2015, 7:00 pm
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Western North Carolina's Largest Indoor Yard Sale

Saturday, February 28, 2015, 8:00 am

"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Saturday, February 28, 2015, 9:00 am

Tracks Music & Dance

Saturday, February 28, 2015, 7:00 pm
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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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Humpback Rocks, MP 5.8
  • Located at the northern end of the Blue Ridge Parkway, Humpback Rocks is an area rich in history, scenic beauty, and abundant hiking trails. Early European settlers forged a living from the native materials that flourished in the Appalachian Mountain
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Nearby Accommodations
  • Explore the quaint towns and vibrant cities that the Blue Ridge Parkway weaves through, and a variety of lodging choices.
  • 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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