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Fishing Regulations

Best suggestion when fishing in Parkway waters is to contact the local ranger for special regulations/rules that apply to that specific fishing area for bait type, limits, etc. Regulations are normally posted at each Parkway fishing area, but they are different from place to place.

License

License requirements shall conform to those established by the State in which the water is located. No special trout license is required when fishing in Parkway waters. A fishing license from either state (Virginia or North Carolina) is valid in all Parkway waters.

Season

The fishing season and hours shall conform to those established by the State except that fishing is prohibited one-half hour after sunset until one-half hour before sunrise on all Parkway waters.

Creel and Size Limits

Creel and size limits shall conform to those established by the State unless the water is listed in the "Special Waters" section. Limits for "Special Waters" are posted at each lake shore or stream bank.

Special Waters

North Carolina

Basin Creek and its tributaries in Doughton Park, Boone Fork, Cold Prong Branch, Laurel Creek, Sims Creek, and Camp Creek.

Virginia

Abbott Lake, Little Stoney Creek, and Otter Lake.

Fishing is not permitted from the dam at Price Lake or from the footbridge in the Price Lake picnic area, or from the James River Bridge.

Closed Waters

Bee Tree Creek, a tributary of Boone Fork, is closed for research purposes.

Bait and Lures

General Waters:

  • The possession or use of live or dead fish, amphibians, or non-preserved fish eggs is prohibited while on or along any Parkway water.
  • Digging for natural bait on Parkway land is prohibited.
  • Use of bait, other than listed above, on waters classified as "General Waters" shall conform to regulations established by the State.

Special Waters:

  • The possession or use as bait of insects, worms, live or dead fish or fish parts, or other organic bait is prohibited while adjacent to, on, or in streams or lakes classified as "Special Waters."
  • North Carolina:  Fishing lures are limited to single-hook artificial lures in all "Special Waters" with the following exceptions; in Basin Creek and its tributaries and Boone Fork River from Price Lake Dam downstream to the Parkway boundary, the use of lures other than single-hook artificial flies is prohibited.
  • Virginia: Fishing lures are limited to single-hook artificial lures.

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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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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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