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BRPA Membership Benefits

Business for members of the Blue Ridge Parkway Association develops through a two-step process: First, the Association attracts visitors to travel the Parkway. Second, it steers them to the members' businesses along the Parkway to satisfy their travel and recreational needs.

The Association helps attract vacationers to the Parkway area by distributing more than one million Parkway information pieces each year in addition to this website, a mobile phone app and mobile website.

Print, Web, & Mobile For One Rate

Membership includes presence on 3 platforms (print, web, and mobile) for one rate, with a range of additional opportunities to increase exposure on each medium.

In print, the Blue Ridge Parkway Directory & Travel Planner:

  • is the only travel publication of its kind distributed exclusively along the Blue Ridge Parkway at all visitor centers and concession facilities.
  • 300,000+ copies are printed each year and fully distributed
  • distribution includes:
    • all North Carolina and Virginia state welcome centers
    • most mountain area visitor information centers
    • AAA offices across the U.S. and Canada
    • and by mail to visitors

Online, www.blueridgeparkway.org:

  • is the #1 search result for “Blue Ridge Parkway” keyword searches on all major search engines.
  • more than 1 million visits last year
  • includes an Interactive Map tool that allows visitors to association members' locations in relation to the Blue Ridge Parkway

On mobile, the Blue Ridge Parkway - Travel Planner mobile app and mobile website:

  • more than 40,000 downloads so far and growing!
  • FREE for download on iPhone and Android devices
  • developed in cooperation with the Blue Ridge Parkway - National Park Service
  • mobile app content is accessible with or without a cell phone signal
  • mobile website is available to all mobile users with a data connection using the content, look, and feel of the mobile app

Networking, News, and Opportunities Exclusive to Members

  • The BRPA newsletter includes Blue Ridge Parkway news, regional opportunities, and Association updates.
  • BRPA promotes the Blue Ridge Parkway region and BRPA members directly to AAA in the U.S. and Canada through visits with counselors, newsletters, a yearly familiarization tour, and more.
  • BRPA membership meetings held in varying geographical regions along the Parkway offer a chance to meet and make new friends in the travel industry.  Opportunities for networking with industry peers at BRPA meetings is invaluable, and members are strongly encouraged to attend!

Join the one of the most requested and trusted sources of Blue Ridge Parkway information in print, online, and now mobile. 

Join right now using the online membership application:  www.blueridgeparkway.org/join.

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Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Friday, July 31, 2015, 10:00 am

Dinosaur Train™

Friday, July 31, 2015, 11:00 am

Mid-Day Mountain Music

Friday, July 31, 2015, 12:00 pm

Summer Art for Kids

Friday, July 31, 2015, 1:00 pm

"Gypsy"

Friday, July 31, 2015, 2:00 pm

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, July 31, 2015, 7:00 pm

Black Light Nighttime Underground Mine Tour

Friday, July 31, 2015, 9:00 pm
 

Highlights & Happenings

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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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