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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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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Wednesday, April 1, 2015, 9:00 am
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Thursday, April 2, 2015, 9:00 am

Marion Mountain Music

Thursday, April 2, 2015, 7:00 pm
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Friday, April 3, 2015, 9:00 am

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, April 3, 2015, 7:00 pm
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11th Annual Tour de Lure

Saturday, April 4, 2015

"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Saturday, April 4, 2015, 9:00 am

Spring Boat Tour

Saturday, April 4, 2015, 10:00 am

Dillsboro Easter Hat Parade

Saturday, April 4, 2015, 10:00 am

Winery Deck Music Series - The Wilhelm Brothers

Saturday, April 4, 2015, 1:00 pm

Concert at the Creek

Saturday, April 4, 2015, 7:00 pm

Tracks Music & Dance

Saturday, April 4, 2015, 7:00 pm
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Sunday, April 5, 2015, 9:00 am

Old Home Site Tour

Sunday, April 5, 2015, 10:00 am

Springtime at Fox Den Loop

Sunday, April 5, 2015, 2:00 pm

Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, April 5, 2015, 2:00 pm
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Monday, April 6, 2015, 9:00 am
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Tuesday, April 7, 2015, 9:00 am
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Wednesday, April 8, 2015, 9:00 am
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Thursday, April 9, 2015, 9:00 am

Marion Mountain Music

Thursday, April 9, 2015, 7:00 pm
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Friday, April 10, 2015, 9:00 am

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, April 10, 2015, 7:00 pm

"The Giver"

Friday, April 10, 2015, 7:30 pm
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Old Time Plowing and Folkways

Saturday, April 11, 2015, 9:00 am

"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Saturday, April 11, 2015, 9:00 am

Flute Making Workshop

Saturday, April 11, 2015, 10:00 am

Water Quality

Saturday, April 11, 2015, 1:00 pm

Winery Deck Music Series - Todd Greene

Saturday, April 11, 2015, 1:00 pm

Gettysburg Firkin Fest

Saturday, April 11, 2015, 6:00 pm

Tracks Music & Dance

Saturday, April 11, 2015, 7:00 pm

"The Giver"

Saturday, April 11, 2015, 7:30 pm
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Sunday, April 12, 2015, 9:00 am

Second Sunday Art

Sunday, April 12, 2015, 2:00 pm

Group Painting

Sunday, April 12, 2015, 2:00 pm

Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, April 12, 2015, 2:00 pm
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Monday, April 13, 2015, 9:00 am
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Tuesday, April 14, 2015, 9:00 am

Monthly Old Time Music Jam

Tuesday, April 14, 2015, 6:00 pm
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Wednesday, April 15, 2015, 9:00 am
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Thursday, April 16, 2015, 9:00 am

Down by Downtown Music Festival

Thursday, April 16, 2015, 7:00 pm

Marion Mountain Music

Thursday, April 16, 2015, 7:00 pm
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Friday, April 17, 2015, 9:00 am

Annual Sounds of the Mountains Music and Storytelling Festival

Friday, April 17, 2015, 7:00 pm

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, April 17, 2015, 7:00 pm

"The Giver"

Friday, April 17, 2015, 7:30 pm
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Blue Ridge Marathon, Half Marathon and StarK

Saturday, April 18, 2015, 7:30 am

Birds of the Holly Discovery Trail

Saturday, April 18, 2015, 8:45 am

The Emma Rankin Story - 150th Anniversary of Stoneman's Raid on Historic Carson House

Saturday, April 18, 2015, 9:00 am

"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Saturday, April 18, 2015, 9:00 am

Annual Sounds of the Mountains Music and Storytelling Festival

Saturday, April 18, 2015, 10:00 am

17th Annual Blue Ridge Kite Festival

Saturday, April 18, 2015, 10:00 am

Winery Deck Music Series - Skiffle Creek

Saturday, April 18, 2015, 1:00 pm

Classic Car Cruise-In

Saturday, April 18, 2015, 3:00 pm

Tracks Music & Dance

Saturday, April 18, 2015, 7:00 pm

"The Giver"

Saturday, April 18, 2015, 7:30 pm
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Copy of The Emma Rankin Story - 150th Anniversary of Stoneman's Raid on Historic Carson House

Sunday, April 19, 2015, 12:30 am

"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Sunday, April 19, 2015, 9:00 am

Spring Boat Tour

Sunday, April 19, 2015, 9:45 am

Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, April 19, 2015, 2:00 pm

"The Giver"

Sunday, April 19, 2015, 2:30 pm
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Monday, April 20, 2015, 9:00 am
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Tuesday, April 21, 2015, 9:00 am
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Vinton Dogwood Festival

Wednesday, April 22, 2015, 6:00 pm

"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Wednesday, April 22, 2015, 9:00 am

Earth Day Hike

Wednesday, April 22, 2015, 6:00 pm
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Vinton Dogwood Festival

Thursday, April 23, 2015, 6:00 pm

"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Thursday, April 23, 2015, 9:00 am

Speak for the Trees!

Thursday, April 23, 2015, 10:00 am

Marion Mountain Music

Thursday, April 23, 2015, 7:00 pm
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NOC Spring Fling & ERA /Wave Sport Nantahala Open

Friday, April 24, 2015, 6:00 pm

Vinton Dogwood Festival

Friday, April 24, 2015

"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Friday, April 24, 2015, 9:00 am

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, April 24, 2015, 7:00 pm
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NOC Spring Fling & ERA /Wave Sport Nantahala Open

Saturday, April 25, 2015, 6:00 pm

Vinton Dogwood Festival

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Virginia Hot Glass Festival

Saturday, April 25, 2015, 9:00 am

International Migratory Bird Day

Saturday, April 25, 2015, 9:00 am

Pioneer Day

Saturday, April 25, 2015, 9:00 am

"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Saturday, April 25, 2015, 9:00 am

Greening Up the Mountains

Saturday, April 25, 2015, 10:00 am

Mountain Thunder Car Show

Saturday, April 25, 2015, 10:00 am

Earth Day Roanoke

Saturday, April 25, 2015, 10:00 am

Spring Open House at Chateau Morrisette

Saturday, April 25, 2015, 11:00 am

Rockin' Brews & BBQ

Saturday, April 25, 2015, 12:00 pm

Tracks Music & Dance

Saturday, April 25, 2015, 7:00 pm

Toad Trek

Saturday, April 25, 2015, 7:30 pm
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NOC Spring Fling & ERA /Wave Sport Nantahala Open

Sunday, April 26, 2015, 6:00 pm

Vinton Dogwood Festival

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Annual Gettysburg North-South Marathon

Sunday, April 26, 2015, 6:00 am

Spring Migration Bird Hike

Sunday, April 26, 2015, 8:00 am

"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Sunday, April 26, 2015, 9:00 am

Virginia Hot Glass Festival

Sunday, April 26, 2015, 10:00 am

Spring Open House at Chateau Morrisette

Sunday, April 26, 2015, 11:00 am

Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, April 26, 2015, 2:00 pm
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Monday, April 27, 2015, 9:00 am
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Tuesday, April 28, 2015, 9:00 am
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Wednesday, April 29, 2015, 9:00 am
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Thursday, April 30, 2015, 9:00 am

Marion Mountain Music

Thursday, April 30, 2015, 7:00 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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