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Bloom Schedule

Flowering blooms along the Blue Ridge ParkwayThe bloom peak occurs within the dates indicated. Bloom peaks along the Parkway in Virginia are usually earlier than in North Carolina due to lower elevation.

The selected locations are referenced to Parkway milepost markers beginning with Milepost 0 at Rockfish Gap near Waynesboro, Virginia and ending at Milepost 469 in Cherokee, North Carolina. The letters PA represent Picnic Areas.

You may call the Parkway Information Line to hear the latest Wildflower Report during spring and summer months: (828) 298-0398, press option 3

Additional pictures and more info on the blooms below

Flower

Peak

Milepost
Skunk Cabbage
(Sympocarpus foetidus)
Feb-Mar 176.1, 185.8, 217.0
Dandelion
(Taraxacum officinale)
Feb-June Common along roadside.
Dwarf Iris
(Iris Verna)
Mar-Apr 260.5
Spring Beauty
(Claytonia caroliniana)
Mar-Apr Craggy PA
Mayapple
(Podophyllum peltatum)
Mar-Apr 76.2-76.4, 296-297, 315-317, 320.8, 339.5
Serviceberry-Sarvis
(Amelanchier arborea)
Mar-May 241-242, 294-297, 308.3, 347.6, 368-370
Silver-Bell Tree
(Halesia carolina)
Mar-May 344.1-355.3
Birdfoot Violet
(Viola pedata)
Mar-May 147.4, 202, 260.5, 379
Buttercups
(Rannunculus hispidus)
Mar-June Common along roadside
Squirrel Corn
(Dicentra canadensis)
Apr-May Craggy PA, 458.2- Heintooga Spur Rd.
Tulip Poplar
(Liriodendron tulipifera)
Apr-May Common in low woods and coves.
Indian Paintbrush
(Castilleja coccinea)
Apr-May 369-371
Great Chickweed
(Stellaria pubera)
Apr-May Common in rich, moist woods.
Soloman’s Seal
(Polyganatum biflorum)
Apr-May Common on moist wooded slopes, coves.
Fringed Phacelia
(Phacelia fimbriata)
Apr-May 370-375
Bloodroot
(Sanguinara canadensis)
Apr-May 85.6, 191-193, 198.7, 294
Princess Tree
(Paulownia tomentosa)
Apr-May 100-123, 381-382, 396, 400
Golden Groundsel
(Senecio aureus)
Apr-May 29.1, 85.8 PA, 330-340
Pinxter Flower
(Rhododendron nudiflorum)
Apr-May 4, 92-97, 138.6, 145.5, 154.5 PA, 162.9, 211.6, 217-222, 350-351, 412-423
Heal All
(Prunella vulgaris)
Apr-frost Common along roadside
Trillium
(Trillium spp.)
Apr-May 175, 200-216, 339-340, 364.6
Fetterbush
(Leucothoc racemosa)
Late Apr-May 241.1, 379
Redbud
(Cercia canadensis)
Late Apr-May 54-68
Dutchman’s Breeches
(Dicentra cucullaria)
Apr-June 367.6 PA, 458.2
Foam Flower
(Tiarella cordifolia)
Apr-June 296.9, 339.5, 367.7 PA
False Soloman’s Seal
(Smilacina racemosa)
Apr-June Common along roadside
Black Locust
(Robinia pseudo-acacia)
Apr-June 100-123, 367-368, 383
Witch Hobble-Hobblebush
(Vibumum alnifolium)
Apr-June 295.5, 362-367, higher elevations in rich, moist woods.
Carolina Rhododendron
(Rhododendron minus)
Late Apr-June 308-310, 404-411
Dogwood
(Cornus florida)
May 6, 85.8 PA, 154.5 PA, 230-232, 217-219, 378-282
Large Flowered Trillium
(Trillium grandiflorum)
May 3-7, 64-85, 154.5 PA, 168-169, 175, 330-340, 370-375
Fraser Magnolia
(Magnolia fraseri)
May 173-174, 252-253
Bluets
(Houstonia spp.)
May-June 200.2, 355-368 PA
Field Hawkweed
(Hieracium pratense)
May-June 6, 78.4, 165.5, 229.5, 325-330
Wild Geranium
(Geranium maculatum)
May-June 84-86, 170-172, 211.6, 375
Hawthorne
(Crataegus spp.)
May-June 155-176, 365.6, 368
Small’s Groundsel
(Senecio smallii)
May-June 29.1, 85.8 PA, 330-340
Bristly Locust
(Robinia hispida)
May-June 167-174, 308.3, 347.9
Pinkshell
(Rhododendron vaseyi)
May-June 305.2, 342-343, 349-351, 419-424
Red Berried Elder
(Sambucus pubens)
May-June 355-360, 369, 412-425, higher elevations in rich, moist woods.
Flame Azalea
(Rhododendron calendulaceum)
May-June 138.6, 144-145, 149.5, 164-166, 217-221, 308-310, 368-380, 412-423
Fire Pink PA,
(Silene virginica)
May-June 1-2, 85.8 PA, 154.5 241 PA, 339.3 PA, 367-375, 404-408
Allegheny Blackberry
(Rubus allegheniesis)
May-June 6, 167.2, 239.9, 305-315, 339.5, 367.6
Staghorn Sumac
(Rhus typhina)
May-June Common along roadside in dry, rocky areas.
Bowman’s Root
(Gillenia trifoliata)
May-June 24-25, 149.5, 260, 332, 368-369
Bead Lily
(Clintonia unbellulata)
May-June Common in rich, moist deciduous woods.
New Jersey Tea
(Ceanothus americanus)
May-June 42-43, 91-100, 138.4, 197, 211, 241, 328.6
Dodder or Love Vine
(Cuscuta rostrata)
Aug-Sep Common along roadside
Spiraca
(Spiraca japonica)
June-July 368-378
Bittersweet
(Celastrus orbiculatus)
May-June Aug-Sep (berry) 242.4, 383, 394, 396
Galax
(Galax aphylla)
May-July Common in deciduous forests, open rocky areas.
Fly Poison
(Amianthium muscaetoxicum)
May-July 210-216, 406-408
Phlox
(Phlox carolina)
May-July 4, 79-82, 163-164, 200-202, 219-221, 339.3 PA, 370-380
Columbine
(Aquilegia canadensis)
May-July 74-75, 339.3 PA, 370-378
Bladder Campion
(Silene cucubalus)
May-Aug 376-381

Queen Anne’s Lace
(Daucus carota)

May-Sep Common along open fields and roadside.
Virginia Spiderwort
(Tradescantia subaspera)
Late May-July 85.8 Sharp Top Trail, 380-381
Mountain Laurel
(Kalmia latifolia)
Late May-June 130.5, 162.9, 347.9, 380, 400
Catawba Rhododendron
(Rhododendron catawbiesne)
June 44.9, 77-83, 130.5, 138.6, 239, 247, 266.8, 348-350, 364.1
Viper’s Bugloss
(Echium vulgare)
June May-40
Sundrop
(Oenothera fruticosa)
June 8-10, 89-91, 229, 270.6, 351-352, 355-360, 370-375
Tree of Heaven
(Ailanthus altissima)
June July-Oct (berry) 382, common along roadside in Virginia.
Goat’s Beard
(Aruncus dioicus)
June 10-11, 24, 240, 337.6, 370-375
Butterfly Weed
(Asclepias tuberosa)
June-Aug 63-65, 238-246
Beard-Tongue
(Penstemon spp.)
June-July 44.4, 89-91, 154.5 PA, 254.4, 339-340, 370-372
American Elder
(Sambucus canadensis)
June-July 29, 85.8 PA, 136-138, 272-275, 311.2
Fragrant Thimbleberry
(Rubus odoratus)
June-July 18, 74.7, 339.3 PA 369-372, 406-408
White Rhododendron
(Rhododendron maximum)
June-July 162.9, 169 PA, 232-233, 339.3 PA, 352-353, 455-456
Sourwood
(Oxydendrum arboreum)
June-July 102-106, 231-232, 321-327, 375-380
Mountain Ash
(Sorbus americana)
June-July (bloom) Sep-Oct (berry) Higher elevation spruce-fir forests, Mt. Mitchell, Mt. Pisgah.
False Hellebore June-Aug 364.6, Craggy Gardens
Deptford Pink
(Dianthus aemeria)
June-Aug Common along grassy roadsides.
Coreopsis
(Coreopsis pubescens)
June-Aug 29.6, 77, 157, 190, 306
Butter and Eggs
(Linaria vulgaris)
June-Aug Common along roadsides and waste places.
Turkscap Lily
(Lilium superbum)
June-Aug 187.6, 364-368, 406-411
Mullein
(Verbasxum thapsus)
June-Sep Common along roadside on dry banks.
Bull Thistle
(Carduus lanceolatus)
Late June-frost Common alongroad sides & pastures at lower elevations.
Black Cohosh
(Cimicifuga racemosa)
July 6, 85.8 PA, 169 PA, 374
Tall Meadow-Rue
(Thalictrum polygamum)
July 85.8 PA, 155.2, 248
Fleabane
(Erigeron strigosus)
July Common in fields and along roadside.
Ox-Eye Daisy
(Chrysanthemum leucanthemum)
July Common in fields and along roadside.
Yarrow
(Achillea millefolium)
July Common in fields and along roadside.
Black-Eyed Susan
(Rudbeckia hirta)
July Common in fields and along roadside.
Common Milkweed
(Asclepias syriaca)
July-Aug 85-86, 167-176
Bergamot Beebalm
(Monarda fistulosa)
July-Aug 38.8, 368-374
Tall Coneflower
(Rudbeckia laciniata)
July-Aug 36, 161.2, 228.1, 314, 359-368
Oswego Tea
(Monarda didyma)
July-Aug Common in wet areas at higher elevations.
Starry Campion
(Silene stellata)
July-Sep 378-380
Bellflower
(Campanula americana)
July-Sep 370-375
White Snakeroot
(Eupatorium rugosum)
July-Oct Common along roadside.
Jewel Weed
(Impatiens capensis)
Aug Common along roadside in wet areas.
Boneset
(Eupatorium rugosum)
Aug 29.1, 85.8 PA, 151, 247, 314
Ironweed
(Venonia noveboracensis)
Aug 245, 248
Joe-Pye-Weed
(Eupatorium purpureum)
Aug 6, 85.8 PA, 146, 248, 339.3 PA, 357-359
Pokeberry
(Phytolacca americana)
Aug 6, 74.7, 151, 239.9, 323, 376.9
Cardinal Flower
(Lobelia cardinalis)
Aug Infrequently in wet places
Virgins Bower
(Clematis virginiana)
Aug 131.1, 85.8 PA, 176.1, 285-289, 313-370
Blazing Star
(Liatris spicata)
Aug-Sep 305.1, 369-370
Angelica
(Angelica triquinata)
Aug-Sep 294.7, 339.5, 355, Craggy Gardens, Nature Trails
Nodding Lady Tresses
(Spiranthes cernua)
Aug-frost 365-368
Gentian
(Gentiana quinquefolia)
Late Aug-frost 85.8, 363-368
Goldenrod
(Solidago spp.)
Sep Common in fields and along roadside.
Aster
(Aster spp.)
Sep Common in fields and along roadside.
Yellow Ironweed
(Actinomeris alternifolia)
Sep-Oct 6, 88, 154.5, 271.9, 330.8
Witch Hazel
(Hamamelis virginiana)
Late Sep-Oct 130.5, 293.3, 295.4, 305.1, 308.3, 339.5, 347.6, 367.7

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Oktoberfest

Saturday, October 25, 2014, 6:00 pm

Beary Scary Halloween

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Music in the Mountains Concert Series

Saturday, June 7, 2014, 6:30 pm

Black Mountain Tailgate Market

Saturday, October 25, 2014, 9:00 am

Blue Ridge Folklife Festival

Saturday, October 25, 2014, 10:00 am

Peanuts™ The Great Pumpkin Patch Express

Saturday, October 25, 2014, 12:00 pm

Big Lick Oktoberfest

Saturday, October 25, 2014, 12:00 pm

Fall Colors Canoe Excursion

Saturday, October 25, 2014, 2:00 pm

Legends of the Land

Saturday, October 25, 2014, 5:30 pm

Legends and Lanterns Halloween tours

Saturday, October 25, 2014, 6:00 pm

The Legend of Tommy Hodges: An Outdoor Drama

Saturday, October 25, 2014, 6:30 pm

Tweetsie Railroad's Ghost Train

Saturday, October 25, 2014, 7:30 pm

"A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum"

Saturday, October 25, 2014, 8:00 pm
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Oktoberfest

Sunday, October 26, 2014, 6:00 pm

Exploring Old Home Sites

Sunday, October 26, 2014, 10:00 am

Peanuts™ The Great Pumpkin Patch Express

Sunday, October 26, 2014, 12:00 pm

Sunday Sounds at Chateau Morrisette

Sunday, October 26, 2014, 1:00 pm

Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, October 26, 2014, 2:00 pm

Trick-or-Treat at Old Salem

Sunday, October 26, 2014, 6:00 pm

Legends and Lanterns Halloween tours

Sunday, October 26, 2014, 6:00 pm

"A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum"

Sunday, October 26, 2014, 8:00 pm
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Oktoberfest

Monday, October 27, 2014, 6:00 pm

Battle of the Brushes Exhibit

Monday, October 27, 2014, 10:00 am

Legends and Lanterns Halloween tours

Monday, October 27, 2014, 6:00 pm
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Oktoberfest

Tuesday, October 28, 2014, 6:00 pm

Battle of the Brushes Exhibit

Tuesday, October 28, 2014, 10:00 am

Historic Marian Tailgate Market

Tuesday, October 28, 2014, 3:00 pm

Fall Festival Downtown Trick or Treat

Tuesday, October 28, 2014, 3:30 pm

Legends and Lanterns Halloween tours

Tuesday, October 28, 2014, 6:00 pm
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Oktoberfest

Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 6:00 pm

Battle of the Brushes Exhibit

Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 10:00 am

Legends and Lanterns Halloween tours

Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 6:00 pm
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Marion Mountain Music

Thursday, October 30, 2014, 6:00 pm

Oktoberfest

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Battle of the Brushes Exhibit

Thursday, October 30, 2014, 10:00 am

Hotel Floyd Concert Series

Thursday, October 30, 2014, 6:00 pm

Legends and Lanterns Halloween tours

Thursday, October 30, 2014, 6:00 pm
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Oktoberfest

Friday, October 31, 2014, 6:00 pm

Battle of the Brushes Exhibit

Friday, October 31, 2014, 10:00 am

Free Guided Walking Tours of Historic Lexington

Friday, October 31, 2014, 3:00 pm

Downtown Trick or Treat

Friday, October 31, 2014, 3:30 pm

Halloween Eve Fish, Fry, Wine & Costume Party

Friday, October 31, 2014, 5:30 pm

Old Fort Mountain Music

Friday, October 31, 2014, 7:00 pm

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, October 31, 2014, 7:00 pm

Tweetsie Railroad's Ghost Train

Friday, October 31, 2014, 7:30 pm
 

Highlights & Happenings

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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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