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About BRPA

Promoting Tourism for more than 60 Years

The Blue Ridge Parkway Association, founded more than 60 years ago, is the officially designated marketing partner of the Blue Ridge Parkway, a majestic highland boulevard that winds through the Blue Ridge Mountains for 469 miles.  BRPA is a nonprofit organization comprised of businesses and organizations that serve visitors to the Blue Ridge Parkway and along the scenic corridor of the Shenandoah National Park, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in the tri-state region of Virginia, North Carolina, and Tennessee.

Blue Ridge Parkway Association members work together to offer more than 15 million annual visitors to the Parkway a broad range of family entertainment, recreation, shopping, lodging, dining and support services in communities along the scenic corridor's 469-mile length.

Not affiliated with any government agency and strictly non-political, BRPA is administered by a board of directors who are elected by the membership at the Annual Meeting and serve without remuneration. Members are encouraged to attend all Association meetings.

The Association is financed by membership dues and by extra-lines income received from the Blue Ridge Parkway Directory & Travel Planner. Revenues are put to work directly and indirectly in advertising and promoting the Blue Ridge Parkway and BRPA's member businesses, and in the administration of the organization through its staff.

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Highlights & Happenings

  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Blooms & Wildlife Watching
  • Don't forget your cameras and binoculars when visiting the Blue Ridge Parkway! Learn when and where to see blooms along your journey.
  • 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.
  • Blue Ridge Parkway Directory & Travel Planner
  • The 67th edition of the Blue Ridge Parkway Directory & Travel Planner is your ultimate source for planning a trip to the Blue Ridge Mountains.
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