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Travel Regulations

To help protect and preserve the Blue Ridge Parkway, yourself, and others, observe all park regulations. Be alert for uncontrolled fire, safety hazards, accidents and emergencies. Please report such conditions by calling 1-800-PARKWATCH (1-800) 727-5928).

For general Parkway information, call (828) 298-0398 or visit www.nps.gov/blri. To have printed information mailed to you, write to the Blue Ridge Parkway Association at PO Box 2136, Asheville, NC 28802.

  • Drive Carefully. The maximum speed limit is 45 miles per hour. Report any accident to a Park Ranger. Commercial vehicles are not permitted on the Parkway. Bicycles and motorized vehicles are not permitted on Parkway trails.
  • Roadside Parking. Parking is limited to designated parking areas or road shoulders. All four wheels must be off the pavement.
  • Trails. Bicycles and motorized vehicles are not permitted on Parkway trails.
  • Camping. Camping is permitted only in park campgrounds or designated back-country sites.
  • Pets. Dogs and other pets must be on a leash or under physical restraint at all times while in the Park. The territorial instinct of dogs can lead to fights with other dogs on the trail. Dogs also frighten hikers and chase wildlife. If a pet cannot be kept under control, it should be left at home.
  • Do not swim in Parkway lakes and ponds. They are for fishing and scenic beauty only. Swimming facilities are available in nearby U.S. forest Services recreation areas, state parks, and mountain resorts.
  • Prevent Forest Fires. Fires, including charcoal grills, are permitted in campgrounds and picnic areas only.
  • Boats without motor or sail are permitted on Price Lake.
  • Deposit all litter in the trash cans provided at trail heads, parking overlooks, and picnic areas.
  • Metal detectors are prohibited.
  • Natural resources are protected by Federal law. Do not disturb animal and plant life in any way. Hunting, trapping and possession of any contraband substances are prohibited. Do not interfere with animals by feeding, touching, or frightening them. Do not cut, deface, or damage trees. Leave wildflowers and other vegetation in their natural condition for other hikers to enjoy.
  • Historic resources are protected by Federal law. Do not damage, deface, or remove any of these structures, furnishings, or exhibits.
  • Alcoholic Beverages are permitted in campgrounds by registered campers and in picnic areas until 9 pm.
  • Possession of open containers of alcoholic beverages prohibited in motor vehicles is prohibited.

Important Tips

  • Lock valuables in the trunk of your car or take them with you.
  • Hiking shoes or boots are recommended for most trails, especially the more strenuous ones. Steep and rocky areas and slippery stream crossings require extra attention and careful footing. Even for trails marked "easy," it is advisable to wear flat or rubber-soled shoes for comfort and good traction. Wearing sandals, "flip-flops," or high heels can result in accidents.
  • Sudden changes in weather are common in these mountains. Even in mild seasons, rapid dips in temperature and unexpected thunderstorms frequently occur, and at higher elevations the wind and temperature can carry a surprising chill. Be prepared for weather changes by bringing along suitable clothing.
  • For your safety and the protection of the resources, stay on established trails. Shortcutting at switchbacks causes soil erosion, disfigures the trail, and makes it difficult for other hikers to find their way. Take advantage of log walkways, steps, or other trail construction. They are there to minimize human impact on the natural environment.
  • Do not drink the water in streams or springs. Bacterial diseases can be contracted by drinking untreated "wild" waters.

Calendar

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The Music of James Bond

Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 8:00 pm

Battle of the Brushes

Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 9:00 am
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Marion Mountain Music

Thursday, September 18, 2014, 6:00 pm

The Music of James Bond

Thursday, September 11, 2014, 8:00 pm

Trolley Wine Tour

Thursday, September 18, 2014, 11:30 am

Hotel Floyd Concert Series

Thursday, September 18, 2014, 6:00 pm

Pisgah District After Hours Hike

Thursday, September 18, 2014, 7:00 pm
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Monacan Indian Nation Fall Festival

Friday, September 19, 2014, 6:00 pm

The Music of James Bond

Thursday, September 11, 2014, 8:00 pm

Pisgah District - Hike of the Week

Friday, September 19, 2014, 10:00 am

Free Guided Walking Tours of Historic Lexington

Friday, September 19, 2014, 3:00 pm

Old Fort Mountain Music

Friday, September 19, 2014, 7:00 pm

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, September 19, 2014, 7:00 pm

"On Golden Pond"

Friday, September 19, 2014, 7:30 pm

Roanoke Greek Festival

Saturday, September 20, 2014, 11:00 am
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Monacan Indian Nation Fall Festival

Saturday, September 20, 2014, 6:00 pm

Evening Campfire Program at Mt. Pisgah

Saturday, May 31, 2014, 7:30 pm

Music in the Mountains Concert Series

Saturday, June 7, 2014, 6:30 pm

The Music of James Bond

Thursday, September 11, 2014, 8:00 pm

Gatlinburg Farmer's Market

Saturday, September 20, 2014, 8:30 am

Black Mountain Tailgate Market

Saturday, September 20, 2014, 9:00 am

Jackson County Green Energy Park Youth Arts Festival

Saturday, September 20, 2014, 9:00 am

Eisenhower World War II Weekend

Saturday, September 20, 2014, 9:00 am

Blowing Rock Music Festival

Saturday, September 20, 2014, 9:00 am

Mountain Heritage Festival

Saturday, September 20, 2014, 10:00 am

34th Annual Heritage Weekend

Saturday, September 20, 2014, 10:00 am

Railroad Days

Saturday, September 20, 2014, 10:00 am

11th Annual Catawba Riverfest

Saturday, September 20, 2014, 10:00 am

Roanoke Greek Festival

Saturday, September 20, 2014, 11:00 am

25th Annual Henry Street Heritage Festival

Saturday, September 20, 2014, 11:30 am

10th Annual Shine to Wine Festival

Saturday, September 20, 2014, 12:00 pm

BFF Day - Winery Music by Sorella Jack

Saturday, September 20, 2014, 1:00 pm

Classic Car Cruise-In

Saturday, September 20, 2014, 3:00 pm

Eat, Drink and Be Murdered

Saturday, September 20, 2014, 6:00 pm

Big Country Bluegrass & The Wolfe Brothers String Band

Saturday, September 20, 2014, 7:00 pm

"On Golden Pond"

Saturday, September 20, 2014, 7:30 pm

Black Light Nighttime Underground Mine Tour

Saturday, September 20, 2014, 8:00 pm
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Monacan Indian Nation Fall Festival

Sunday, September 21, 2014, 6:00 pm

The Music of James Bond

Thursday, September 11, 2014, 8:00 pm

Roanoke Greek Festival

Saturday, September 20, 2014, 11:00 am

34th Annual Heritage Weekend

Sunday, September 21, 2014, 12:00 am

Eisenhower World War II Weekend

Sunday, September 21, 2014, 9:00 am

Harvest Festival

Sunday, September 21, 2014, 10:00 am

23rd Annual Adams County Heritage Festival

Sunday, September 21, 2014, 12:00 pm

Sunday Sounds at Chateau Morrisette

Sunday, September 21, 2014, 1:00 pm

Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, September 21, 2014, 2:00 pm

Bring Back the Monarchs

Sunday, September 21, 2014, 2:00 pm
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Historic Marian Tailgate Market

Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 3:00 pm

Fall Craft Market

Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 3:00 pm
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Creeking

Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 3:00 pm
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Marion Mountain Music

Thursday, September 25, 2014, 6:00 pm

Nothin' Fancy Bluegrass Festival

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Fall Migration Bird Trek

Thursday, September 25, 2014, 10:00 am

Hotel Floyd Concert Series

Thursday, September 25, 2014, 6:00 pm

Ghosts of Mitchell County with Peggy Poe Stern

Thursday, September 25, 2014, 7:00 pm
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Nothin' Fancy Bluegrass Festival

Friday, September 26, 2014, 6:00 pm

Oktoberfest

Friday, September 26, 2014

Guest Appreciation Festival

Friday, September 26, 2014

Pisgah District - Hike of the Week

Friday, September 26, 2014, 10:00 am

Boat Tour

Friday, September 26, 2014, 10:00 am

Free Guided Walking Tours of Historic Lexington

Friday, September 26, 2014, 3:00 pm

Old Fort Mountain Music

Friday, September 26, 2014, 7:00 pm

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, September 26, 2014, 7:00 pm

"On Golden Pond"

Friday, September 26, 2014, 7:30 pm
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Nothin' Fancy Bluegrass Festival

Saturday, September 27, 2014, 6:00 pm

Music and Art in the Mountains

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Oktoberfest

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Guest Appreciation Festival

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Evening Campfire Program at Mt. Pisgah

Saturday, May 31, 2014, 7:30 pm

Music in the Mountains Concert Series

Saturday, June 7, 2014, 6:30 pm

Gettysburg Fall Outdoor Antique Show

Saturday, September 27, 2014, 7:00 am

Pippinfest

Saturday, September 27, 2014, 8:00 am

Gatlinburg Farmer's Market

Saturday, September 27, 2014, 8:30 am

Black Mountain Tailgate Market

Saturday, September 27, 2014, 9:00 am

Mountain Heritage Day

Saturday, September 27, 2014, 9:00 am

Green Hill Highland Games

Saturday, September 27, 2014, 9:00 am

National Public Lands Day

Saturday, September 27, 2014, 9:00 am

Music & Art in the Mountains

Saturday, September 27, 2014, 10:00 am

Native Plant Gardening

Saturday, September 27, 2014, 10:00 am

Colonial Living

Saturday, September 27, 2014, 10:00 am

Smith Mountain Lake Wine Festival

Saturday, September 27, 2014, 11:00 am

17th Annual Harrisonburg International Festival

Saturday, September 27, 2014, 12:00 pm

Vineyard Deck Music Series - Todd Greene

Saturday, September 27, 2014, 1:00 pm

Across the Blue Ridge: Collectors and Song Carriers

Saturday, September 27, 2014, 4:00 pm

"On Golden Pond"

Saturday, September 27, 2014, 7:30 pm
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Oktoberfest

Sunday, September 28, 2014, 6:00 pm

Guest Appreciation Festival

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Pippinfest

Sunday, September 28, 2014, 8:00 am

Colonial Living

Sunday, September 28, 2014, 10:00 am

Smith Mountain Lake Wine Festival

Sunday, September 28, 2014, 11:00 am

Sunday Sounds at Chateau Morrisette

Sunday, September 28, 2014, 1:00 pm

Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, September 28, 2014, 2:00 pm

"On Golden Pond"

Sunday, September 28, 2014, 2:30 pm
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Oktoberfest

Monday, September 29, 2014, 6:00 pm

Explore Lake James by Canoe

Monday, September 29, 2014, 9:00 am
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Oktoberfest

Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 6:00 pm

Historic Marian Tailgate Market

Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 3:00 pm

Fall Craft Market

Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 3:00 pm

Overmountain Victory Trail Hike

Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 6:00 pm

Balsam Range Concert

Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 7:30 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.
  • 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
  • Mount Pisgah, MP 408
  • Mount Pisgah’s spectacular views, hiking trails, camping and the Mount Pisgah Inn make this area a popular destination for visitors along the Blue Ridge Parkway. The mountain and thousands of surrounding acres was originally purchased by indust
  • 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
  • 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
  • Monacan Indian Nation Fall Festival
  • Come immerse yourself in the culture of the Monacan Indian Nation in a 3-day event including music, dancing, performances and artisans.
  • Fall Color - Tips for Leaf Season
  • Tips for planning your scenic drive or vacation to see the fall color along the Blue Ridge Parkway.
  • 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.
  • Hiking Trails
  • A journey on the Blue Ridge Parkway offers motorists spectacular views of Southern Appalachia’s diverse beauty for 469.1 uninterrupted miles.
  • Nearby Accommodations
  • Explore the quaint towns and vibrant cities that the Blue Ridge Parkway weaves through, and a variety of lodging choices.
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