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Blue Ridge Parkway Partners

World-famous scenery and outstanding opportunities for camping, hiking, and other recreational activities have made the Blue Ridge Parkway the most visited unit of America’s National Park System. Funding has not always kept pace with increasing visitation, aging infrastructure, and the need to work with local communities on protection of adjacent land. Many people care deeply about the Parkway and its future. Through a variety of organizations, they are joining hands to protect and preserve this very special place and, beyond that, to enhance the quality of the park experience that so many visitors enjoy.

The Blue Ridge Parkway Association is a proud partner for many organizations, including:

Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation - Share the Journey ®

Founded in 1997, this non-profit foundation is the primary fundraising organization for the Blue Ridge Parkway.  The Foundation is the professional fundraising organization that provides private funding to the 469-mile Blue Ridge Parkway in western Virginia and North Carolina.  The Foundation solicits donations and bequests from individuals, as well as grants and corporate support for a broad range of programs and activities.  Funds do not support maintenance but only those projects and programs that add a margin of excellence to the park's mission, enhance the visitor's experience, and have a lasting value.  www.brpfoundation.org.

Eastern National

This non-profit educational organization helps to staff visitor centers, providing information and selling books and other items that help you enjoy the Parkway and our Southern Appalachian region.  Profits from the sale of educational materials are returned to the park to support interpretive programs and research.  www.easternnational.org.

FRIENDS of the Blue Ridge Parkway

FRIENDS is a non-profit membership organization founded in 1988. They provide major support to the park’s Volunteers in Parks program, the first FRIENDS group to do so nationally by mobilizing and providing leadership for volunteers who assist with a wide variety of Parkway projects. www.blueridgefriends.org.

Land & Conservation Trusts

The Western Virginia Land Trust www.westernvirginialandtrust.org, the Conservation Trust for North Carolina www.ctnc.org, and Blue Ridge Forever www.blueridgeforever.info work to protect lands adjacent to the Blue Ridge Parkway.  These groups serve a vital mission in preserving open space in local communities as well.

The National Council for the Traditional Arts

For nearly 70 years, NCTA has produced and supported a variety of traditional arts programs in national park areas across the United States.  By formal agreement with the Parkway, NCTA supports the Blue Ridge Music Center at Milepost 213 near Galax, VA by providing a summer concert series and working toward permanent museum exhibits that chronicle the history of our region’s musical heritage. www.ncta.net.

Blue Ridge National Heritage Area

Established by Congress in November, 2003, this organization promotes the natural abundance and richly varied cultural history of the North Carolina mountains and is charged with the preservation, interpretation, and development of heritage resources in the state’s 25 westernmost counties and the Quallah Boundary. www.blueridgeheritage.com

Southern Highland Craft Guild

The Blue Ridge Parkway’s Folk Art Center at Milepost 382 in Asheville and the Parkway Craft Center at the Moses Cone Memorial Park at Milepost 294 in Blowing Rock are home to the Southern Highland Craft Guild.  Free programs, includes regional and national exhibitions of contemporary and traditional crafts, helping the Parkway promote regional cultural heritage. www.southernhighlandguild.org.

 

For more information, contact state tourism offices:

North Carolina Travel and Tourism

4324 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-4324
800 - VISITNC
www.visitnc.com

Virginia Tourism Corporation

901 E. Byrd Street
Richmond, VA 23219
800 - VISITVA
www.virginia.org

Tennessee Travel & Tourism

320 6th Avenue #500
Nashville, TN 37243-7000
800-GO2-TENN 
www.tnvacation.com

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17th Annual Blowing Rock WinterFest

Sunday, January 25, 2015, 6:00 pm

Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, January 25, 2015, 2:00 pm

Jr. Rangers @ Lake James State Park

Sunday, January 25, 2015, 2:00 pm

Lake Channel Overlook Hike

Sunday, January 25, 2015, 2:00 pm
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Adults Mixed Medium Class

Monday, January 26, 2015, 2:30 pm
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Kids Acrylic Painting Class

Thursday, January 29, 2015, 4:00 pm

Marion Mountain Music

Thursday, January 29, 2015, 7:00 pm
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Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, January 30, 2015, 7:00 pm
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Tracks Music & Dance

Saturday, January 31, 2015, 7:00 pm
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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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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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