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FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can I have a wedding or meeting/event on the Blue Ridge Parkway?
A:
See: Special Park Uses and Special Events Policy at http://www.nps.gov/blri/planyourvisit/permits.htm

Q: When are Visitor Centers, campgrounds and Parkway facilities open?
A:
Explore a listing of openings, closings and hours.

Q: Where can I find the latest information on Parkway detours and closings?
A:
The most up to date closing information about the Blue Ridge Parkway can be accessed by calling (828) 298-0398, 24 hours a day.  You may also find some closing information on the National Park Service website: http://www.nps.gov/blri/planyourvisit/roadclosures.htm

Q: Can tour buses travel on the Blue Ridge Parkway?
A:
Yes – no special permits are required. Please review the tunnel clearance information below.

Q: Can large RV's travel the Parkway?
A:
Yes. Explore the list of all tunnel clearances on the Parkway.

Q: What is the lowest clearance of tunnels or bridges over the Parkway?
A:
The South End between Route 19 and terminus at Cherokee is 10’6”. Explore the list of all tunnel clearances on the Parkway.

Q: Is parking adequate for large RV's and buses at Parkway scenic views and attractions?
A:
Yes.

Q: Is the Blue Ridge Parkway open in winter?
A:
Subject to snow and ice. The most up to date closing information about the Blue Ridge Parkway can be accessed by calling (828) 298-0398, 24 hours a day.  You may also find some closing information on the National Park Service website: http://www.nps.gov/blri/planyourvisit/roadclosures.htm

Q: What is the speed limit on the Parkway?
A:
Maximum is 45 miles per hour, with some locations (in congested areas such as Mabry Mill) at 25 miles per hour.  

Q: Why are there no white lines on the sides of the road?
A: This is a part of the design of the road itself and allows it to retain a rural feel and blend into the landscape. It is one of the touches that make this road beautiful. The landscape architects maintain this design and it meets federal safety standards.

Q: Do Parkway campgrounds take reservations for spaces?
A:
Yes, at some locations at www.recreation.gov or toll free at (877) 444-6777.

Q: Do Parkway campgrounds accommodate RVs?
A:
Yes, but water, electrical and sewage connections are not available. Centralized water and restrooms are available.

Q: Are there any gas stations on the Parkway?
A:
Not directly on the Parkway. Gas is available not far off the Parkway at most U.S. or State Highway Intersections. Explore a list of nearby gas stations.

Q: Does the Appalachian Trail run with the Parkway at any point?
A:
Yes. In Virginia, North of Roanoke.

Q: Where can I get information and brochures about traveling on the Parkway?
A:
The Blue Ridge Parkway Directory & Travel Planner and the Blue Ridge Parkway Association's map brochure are included in a free information packet. However, for current road conditions and information, call (828) 298-0398.

Q: Can Parkway rangers make an arrest?
A:
Yes.

Q: How can I learn about local history along the Parkway?
A:
Call (828) 299-3507 to order by phone or you may purchase books and other information at Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Centers that have books available from nonprofit publisher Eastern National.

Q: How can I find out what there is to see and do along the Parkway?
A:
Explore our What to Do section or peruse the Blue Ridge Parkway Directory & Travel Planner

Q: Is it alright to pull over on the grass beside the Parkway and spread a blanket for a picnic?
A:
Yes. Vehicles should be fully off of the road so they can be entered and exited out of without impeding the flow of traffic. Driving vehicles across open fields is prohibited.

Q: What is a National Park Pass?
A:
An annual pass available for $80 allows free entry to any National Park Service area with a fee. Age 62 and over can purchase an Interagency Senior or Access Pass which allows free entry into Parks with an entrance fee and gives a 50% reduction for camping and other user fees. There is no fee on the Blue Ridge Parkway, however National Park Service Campgrounds along the Parkway do require a fee. Visitors with the Interagency Senior or Access Pass (or former Golden Age or Golden Access Passports) pay a reduced camping fee. More information on the Interagency Pass program can be found at this link.

Q: What is The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation?
A:
Founded in 1997, this nonprofit foundation is the primary fundraising organization for the Parkway. It solicits donations and bequests from individuals, as well as grants and corporate support for a broad range of programs and activities that provide lasting benefits to the Parkway and its visitors. Contributions to the Foundation are tax deductible. For information about Foundation activities, including its estate giving program, write to Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, P.O. Box 10427 Salem Station, Winston-Salem, NC 27108, call (336) 721-0260 or visit www.brpfoundation.org 

Q: Who are FRIENDS of the Blue Ridge Parkway?
A:
FRIENDS of the Blue Ridge Parkway is also non-profit, but unlike the Foundation, it is a membership organization, some 8,500 strong. Founded in 1989, this organization’s primary mission is to fundraise for Parkway programs such as Saving Parkway Views, Junior Ranger Program, Trails Forever and to mobilize and provide leadership for volunteers who assist with a wide variety of Parkway projects. Membership in FRIENDS is tax deductible. To join FRIENDS or for information about volunteer opportunities and other FRIENDS activities, write to FRIENDS of the Blue Ridge Parkway, P.O. Box 20986, Roanoke, VA 24018, call (540) 772-2992 (Toll Free 1-800-228-PARK) or visit www.BlueRidgeFriends.org.

Q: Is bicycling allowed on the Parkway?
A:
Yes. Because the Blue Ridge Parkway was designed for motor travel bicyclists should exercise caution, have reflectors and riders should wear high visibility clothing and helmets. Avoid the Blue Ridge Parkway during fog and periods of low visibility. Long distance travelers should plan their overnight stays be sure to have plenty of water and food.

Q: Do all of those things apply to the Skyline Drive as well?
A:
Yes. But the Skyline Drive (and Shenandoah National Park) has an entrance fee.

Q: Can we bury our pet along the Blue Ridge Parkway?
A:
No. National Park Service regulations prohibit pet burials on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Recommend checking the city nearest where you usually visited the Parkway for pet burial information so you could locate an appropriate location close to that city or town.

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Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales

Friday, August 1, 2014, 6:00 pm

"Miss Saigon"

Saturday, July 26, 2014, 8:00 pm

Lake Fontana Paddle Grapple

Friday, August 1, 2014, 8:00 am

Mt. Mitchell Crafts Fair

Friday, August 1, 2014, 9:00 am

Pisgah District - Hike of the Week

Friday, August 1, 2014, 10:00 am

Live Glassblowing Demos

Friday, August 1, 2014, 10:00 am

Dinosaur Train

Friday, August 1, 2014, 11:00 am

Free Guided Walking Tours of Historic Lexington

Friday, August 1, 2014, 3:00 pm

Lexington First Friday Art Walk

Friday, August 1, 2014, 5:00 pm

Ashe County Bluegrass and Old Time Fiddlers Convention

Friday, August 1, 2014, 5:00 pm

Old Fort Mountain Music

Friday, August 1, 2014, 7:00 pm

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, August 1, 2014, 7:00 pm
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Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales

Saturday, August 2, 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

"Miss Saigon"

Saturday, July 26, 2014, 8:00 pm

Lake Fontana Paddle Grapple

Saturday, August 2, 2014, 8:00 am

Gatlinburg Farmer's Market

Saturday, August 2, 2014, 8:30 am

Smokey Bear's 70th Birthday

Saturday, August 2, 2014, 9:00 am

Black Mountain Tailgate Market

Saturday, August 2, 2014, 9:00 am

ArtsMart

Saturday, August 2, 2014, 10:00 am

Live Glassblowing Demos

Saturday, August 2, 2014, 10:00 am

The Palmetto Gravel Scratchers

Saturday, August 2, 2014, 4:00 pm

Dinosaur Train

Saturday, August 2, 2014, 11:00 pm
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Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales

Sunday, August 3, 2014, 6:00 pm

"Miss Saigon"

Saturday, July 26, 2014, 8:00 pm

Live Glassblowing Demos

Sunday, August 3, 2014, 10:00 am

Sunday Sounds at Chateau Morrisette

Sunday, August 3, 2014, 1:00 pm

Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, August 3, 2014, 2:00 pm

Dinosaur Train

Sunday, August 3, 2014, 3:00 pm
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Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales

Monday, August 4, 2014, 6:00 pm

"Miss Saigon"

Saturday, July 26, 2014, 8:00 pm

Live Glassblowing Demos

Monday, August 4, 2014, 10:00 am
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Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales

Tuesday, August 5, 2014, 6:00 pm

"Miss Saigon"

Saturday, July 26, 2014, 8:00 pm

Live Glassblowing Demos

Tuesday, August 5, 2014, 10:00 am

Historic Marian Tailgate Market

Tuesday, August 5, 2014, 3:00 pm
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Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales

Wednesday, August 6, 2014, 6:00 pm

"Miss Saigon"

Saturday, July 26, 2014, 8:00 pm

Live Glassblowing Demos

Wednesday, August 6, 2014, 10:00 am

Informal Upstairs Tour at Cone Manor

Wednesday, August 6, 2014, 11:00 am
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Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales

Thursday, August 7, 2014, 6:00 pm

Marion Mountain Music

Thursday, August 7, 2014

"Miss Saigon"

Saturday, July 26, 2014, 8:00 pm

Live Glassblowing Demos

Thursday, August 7, 2014, 10:00 am

Hotel Floyd Concert Series

Thursday, August 7, 2014, 6:00 pm

Pisgah District After Hours Hike

Thursday, August 7, 2014, 7:00 pm

Woodsy Owl’s Curiosity Club

Thursday, August 7, 2014, 10:30 pm
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Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales

Friday, August 8, 2014, 6:00 pm

Family Fun Weekend

Friday, August 8, 2014

"Miss Saigon"

Saturday, July 26, 2014, 8:00 pm

Pisgah District - Hike of the Week

Friday, August 8, 2014, 10:00 am

Live Glassblowing Demos

Friday, August 8, 2014, 10:00 am

Wine & Wags

Friday, August 8, 2014, 12:00 pm

Free Guided Walking Tours of Historic Lexington

Friday, August 8, 2014, 3:00 pm

Culpeper Magical History Tour

Friday, August 8, 2014, 4:30 pm

Old Fort Mountain Music

Friday, August 8, 2014, 7:00 pm

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, August 8, 2014, 7:00 pm
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Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales

Saturday, August 9, 2014, 6:00 pm

Family Fun Weekend

Saturday, August 9, 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

"Miss Saigon"

Saturday, July 26, 2014, 8:00 pm

Gatlinburg Farmer's Market

Saturday, August 9, 2014, 8:30 am

Black Mountain Tailgate Market

Saturday, August 9, 2014, 9:00 am

Live Glassblowing Demos

Saturday, August 9, 2014, 10:00 am

Upstairs Tour at Cone Manor

Saturday, August 9, 2014, 10:00 am

Black Dog Summer Music Festival

Saturday, August 9, 2014, 11:00 am

Fall of the Mighty Giants: Chestnut Trees

Saturday, August 9, 2014, 7:00 pm
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Family Fun Weekend

Sunday, August 10, 2014, 6:00 pm

"Miss Saigon"

Saturday, July 26, 2014, 8:00 pm

Live Glassblowing Demos

Sunday, August 10, 2014, 10:00 am

Upstairs Tour at Cone Manor

Sunday, August 10, 2014, 10:00 am

Beer and Brats at Chateau Morrisette

Sunday, August 10, 2014, 12:00 pm

Sunday Sounds at Chateau Morrisette

Sunday, August 10, 2014, 1:00 pm

Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, August 10, 2014, 2:00 pm
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"Miss Saigon"

Monday, August 11, 2014, 8:00 pm

Live Glassblowing Demos

Monday, August 11, 2014, 10:00 am
12

"Miss Saigon"

Tuesday, August 12, 2014, 8:00 pm

Live Glassblowing Demos

Tuesday, August 12, 2014, 10:00 am

Historic Marian Tailgate Market

Tuesday, August 12, 2014, 3:00 pm

Monthly Old Time Music Jam

Tuesday, August 12, 2014, 6:00 pm
13

"Miss Saigon"

Wednesday, August 13, 2014, 8:00 pm

Live Glassblowing Demos

Wednesday, August 13, 2014, 10:00 am
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Marion Mountain Music

Thursday, August 14, 2014, 6:00 pm

69th Semi-Annual Gettysburg Fall Bluegrass Festival

Thursday, August 14, 2014

"Miss Saigon"

Saturday, July 26, 2014, 8:00 pm

Live Glassblowing Demos

Thursday, August 14, 2014, 10:00 am

Hotel Floyd Concert Series

Thursday, August 14, 2014, 6:00 pm

Woodsy Owl’s Curiosity Club

Thursday, August 14, 2014, 10:30 pm
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23rd Annual Fine Art & Master Craft Festival

Friday, August 15, 2014, 6:00 pm

69th Semi-Annual Gettysburg Fall Bluegrass Festival

Friday, August 15, 2014

"Miss Saigon"

Saturday, July 26, 2014, 8:00 pm

Pisgah District - Hike of the Week

Friday, August 15, 2014, 10:00 am

Live Glassblowing Demos

Friday, August 15, 2014, 10:00 am

Free Guided Walking Tours of Historic Lexington

Friday, August 15, 2014, 3:00 pm

Old Fort Mountain Music

Friday, August 15, 2014, 7:00 pm

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, August 15, 2014, 7:00 pm
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69th Semi-Annual Gettysburg Fall Bluegrass Festival

Saturday, August 16, 2014, 6:00 pm

Grandfather Mountain Camera Clinic

Saturday, August 16, 2014

23rd Annual Fine Art & Master Craft Festival

Saturday, August 16, 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

"Miss Saigon"

Saturday, July 26, 2014, 8:00 pm

Face the Forest: 5k Obstacle Course Race

Saturday, August 16, 2014, 8:00 am

5k Obstacle Course Race

Saturday, August 16, 2014, 8:00 am

Gatlinburg Farmer's Market

Saturday, August 16, 2014, 8:30 am

Black Mountain Tailgate Market

Saturday, August 16, 2014, 9:00 am

Live Glassblowing Demos

Saturday, August 16, 2014, 10:00 am

Classic Car Cruise-In

Saturday, August 16, 2014, 3:00 pm

Banjopalooza

Saturday, August 16, 2014, 6:30 pm
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69th Semi-Annual Gettysburg Fall Bluegrass Festival

Sunday, August 17, 2014, 6:00 pm

Grandfather Mountain Camera Clinic

Sunday, August 17, 2014

23rd Annual Fine Art & Master Craft Festival

Sunday, August 17, 2014

"Miss Saigon"

Saturday, July 26, 2014, 8:00 pm

Live Glassblowing Demos

Sunday, August 17, 2014, 10:00 am

Sunday Sounds at Chateau Morrisette

Sunday, August 17, 2014, 1:00 pm

Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, August 17, 2014, 2:00 pm
18

"Miss Saigon"

Monday, August 18, 2014, 8:00 pm

Live Glassblowing Demos

Monday, August 18, 2014, 10:00 am
19

"Miss Saigon"

Tuesday, August 19, 2014, 8:00 pm

92nd Annual South Mountain Fair

Tuesday, August 19, 2014, 8:00 am

Live Glassblowing Demos

Tuesday, August 19, 2014, 10:00 am

Historic Marian Tailgate Market

Tuesday, August 19, 2014, 3:00 pm
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"Miss Saigon"

Wednesday, August 20, 2014, 8:00 pm

92nd Annual South Mountain Fair

Wednesday, August 20, 2014, 8:00 am

Live Glassblowing Demos

Wednesday, August 20, 2014, 10:00 am
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Marion Mountain Music

Thursday, August 21, 2014, 6:00 pm

"Miss Saigon"

Saturday, July 26, 2014, 8:00 pm

92nd Annual South Mountain Fair

Thursday, August 21, 2014, 8:00 am

Gather Round the Blue Ridge 2014

Thursday, August 21, 2014, 9:00 am

Live Glassblowing Demos

Thursday, August 21, 2014, 10:00 am

Trolley Wine Tour

Thursday, August 21, 2014, 11:30 am

Hotel Floyd Concert Series

Thursday, August 21, 2014, 6:00 pm

Pisgah District After Hours Hike

Thursday, August 21, 2014, 7:00 pm
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"Miss Saigon"

Friday, August 22, 2014, 8:00 pm

92nd Annual South Mountain Fair

Friday, August 22, 2014, 8:00 am

Pisgah District - Hike of the Week

Friday, August 22, 2014, 10:00 am

Live Glassblowing Demos

Friday, August 22, 2014, 10:00 am

Free Guided Walking Tours of Historic Lexington

Friday, August 22, 2014, 3:00 pm

Old Fort Mountain Music

Friday, August 22, 2014, 7:00 pm

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, August 22, 2014, 7:00 pm
23

Naturefest

Saturday, August 23, 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

"Miss Saigon"

Saturday, July 26, 2014, 8:00 pm

World Kayak Pro-Am

Saturday, August 23, 2014, 6:00 am

WNC's Largest Indoor Yard Sale

Saturday, August 23, 2014, 8:00 am

92nd Annual South Mountain Fair

Saturday, August 23, 2014, 8:00 am

Gatlinburg Farmer's Market

Saturday, August 23, 2014, 8:30 am

Rockbridge Community Festival

Saturday, August 23, 2014, 9:00 am

Black Mountain Tailgate Market

Saturday, August 23, 2014, 9:00 am

Live Glassblowing Demos

Saturday, August 23, 2014, 10:00 am

Inaugural Gettysburg Brew Fest

Saturday, August 23, 2014, 4:30 pm

"In the Arts We Will Shine" Lecture

Saturday, August 23, 2014, 6:00 pm
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"Miss Saigon"

Sunday, August 24, 2014, 8:00 pm

Live Glassblowing Demos

Sunday, August 24, 2014, 10:00 am

Sunday Sounds at Chateau Morrisette

Sunday, August 24, 2014, 1:00 pm

Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, August 24, 2014, 2:00 pm
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Live Glassblowing Demos

Monday, August 25, 2014, 10:00 am
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Live Glassblowing Demos

Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 10:00 am

Historic Marian Tailgate Market

Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 3:00 pm
27

Live Glassblowing Demos

Wednesday, August 27, 2014, 10:00 am
28

Marion Mountain Music

Thursday, August 28, 2014, 6:00 pm

Live Glassblowing Demos

Thursday, August 28, 2014, 10:00 am

Hotel Floyd Concert Series

Thursday, August 28, 2014, 6:00 pm
29

Pisgah District - Hike of the Week

Friday, August 29, 2014, 10:00 am

Live Glassblowing Demos

Friday, August 29, 2014, 10:00 am

Free Guided Walking Tours of Historic Lexington

Friday, August 29, 2014, 3:00 pm

Old Fort Mountain Music

Friday, August 29, 2014, 7:00 pm

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, August 29, 2014, 7:00 pm
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5th Annual LakeAlooza

Saturday, August 30, 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

Gatlinburg Farmer's Market

Saturday, August 30, 2014, 8:30 am

Rockfest

Saturday, August 30, 2014, 9:00 am

Black Mountain Tailgate Market

Saturday, August 30, 2014, 9:00 am

BBQ and Brews Dinner Train

Saturday, August 30, 2014, 7:00 pm
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Sunday Sounds at Chateau Morrisette

Sunday, August 31, 2014, 1:00 pm

Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, August 31, 2014, 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Nearby Accommodations
  • Explore the quaint towns and vibrant cities that the Blue Ridge Parkway weaves through, and a variety of lodging choices.
  • Attractions, Dining, Shopping & More
  • From fine arts to fun, experience the best places and activities to enhance your visit to the Blue Ridge Parkway region.
  • 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.
  • 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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