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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

Calendar

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Historic Marian Tailgate Market

Tuesday, September 2, 2014, 3:00 pm

"The Mystery of Irma Vep"

Tuesday, September 2, 2014, 8:00 pm
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"The Mystery of Irma Vep"

Wednesday, September 3, 2014, 8:00 pm
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Marion Mountain Music

Thursday, September 4, 2014, 6:00 pm

Hotel Floyd Concert Series

Thursday, September 4, 2014, 6:00 pm

Pisgah District After Hours Hike

Thursday, September 4, 2014, 7:00 pm

"The Mystery of Irma Vep"

Thursday, September 4, 2014, 8:00 pm
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Pisgah District - Hike of the Week

Friday, September 5, 2014, 10:00 am

Free Guided Walking Tours of Historic Lexington

Friday, September 5, 2014, 3:00 pm

Lexington First Friday Art Walk

Friday, September 5, 2014, 5:00 pm

Old Fort Mountain Music

Friday, September 5, 2014, 7:00 pm

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, September 5, 2014, 7:00 pm

"The Mystery of Irma Vep"

Friday, September 5, 2014, 8:00 pm
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Grandfather Mountain KidFest

Saturday, September 6, 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, September 6, 2014, 8:30 am

Black Mountain Tailgate Market

Saturday, September 6, 2014, 9:00 am

ArtsMart

Saturday, September 6, 2014, 10:00 am

Dillsboro's 125th Anniversary Celebration

Saturday, September 6, 2014, 10:00 am

110th Annual Gettysburg Wine & Music Festival

Saturday, September 6, 2014, 12:00 pm

Stevie Barr & the Mastertones w/ Slate Mountain Ramblers

Saturday, September 6, 2014, 7:00 pm

Evening Campfire Program at Linvlle Falls

Saturday, September 6, 2014, 7:00 pm

"The Mystery of Irma Vep"

Saturday, September 6, 2014, 8:00 pm
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110th Annual Gettysburg Wine & Music Festival

Sunday, September 7, 2014, 12:00 pm

Sunday Sounds at Chateau Morrisette

Sunday, September 7, 2014, 1:00 pm

Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, September 7, 2014, 2:00 pm

"The Mystery of Irma Vep"

Sunday, September 7, 2014, 8:00 pm
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"The Mystery of Irma Vep"

Monday, September 8, 2014, 8:00 pm
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Historic Marian Tailgate Market

Tuesday, September 9, 2014, 3:00 pm

Monthly Old Time Music Jam

Tuesday, September 9, 2014, 6:00 pm

"The Mystery of Irma Vep"

Tuesday, September 9, 2014, 8:00 pm
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Thunder in the Valley: McClausland’s Resistance and Hunter’s 1864 Virginia Raid

Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 6:00 pm

"The Mystery of Irma Vep"

Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 8:00 pm
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Thunder in the Valley: McClausland’s Resistance and Hunter’s 1864 Virginia Raid

Thursday, September 11, 2014, 6:00 pm

Marion Mountain Music

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Hotel Floyd Concert Series

Thursday, September 11, 2014, 6:00 pm

"The Mystery of Irma Vep"

Thursday, September 11, 2014, 8:00 pm
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Thunder in the Valley: McClausland’s Resistance and Hunter’s 1864 Virginia Raid

Friday, September 12, 2014, 6:00 pm

Pisgah District - Hike of the Week

Friday, September 12, 2014, 10:00 am

Wine & Wags

Friday, September 12, 2014, 12:00 pm

Free Guided Walking Tours of Historic Lexington

Friday, September 12, 2014, 3:00 pm

Culpeper Magical History Tour

Friday, September 12, 2014, 4:30 pm

Old Fort Mountain Music

Friday, September 12, 2014, 7:00 pm

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, September 12, 2014, 7:00 pm

"The Mystery of Irma Vep"

Friday, September 12, 2014, 8:00 pm
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Thunder in the Valley: McClausland’s Resistance and Hunter’s 1864 Virginia Raid

Saturday, September 13, 2014, 6:00 pm

44th Annual Girl Scout Day

Saturday, September 13, 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

40th Annual East Berlin Colonial Days

Saturday, September 13, 2014, 8:00 am

Gatlinburg Farmer's Market

Saturday, September 13, 2014, 8:30 am

Black Mountain Tailgate Market

Saturday, September 13, 2014, 9:00 am

23rd Annual Overmountain Victory Celebration

Saturday, September 13, 2014, 9:00 am

13th Annual Railfest Celebration

Saturday, September 13, 2014, 9:00 am

Olde Salem Days

Saturday, September 13, 2014, 10:00 am

Black Dog Music and BBQ Festival

Saturday, September 13, 2014, 11:00 am

Afternoon Tea with Llamas

Saturday, September 13, 2014, 11:00 am

Rockbridge Pie Festival

Saturday, September 13, 2014, 12:00 pm

Kripplekrunk & The Dan River Girls

Saturday, September 13, 2014, 7:00 pm

"The Mystery of Irma Vep"

Saturday, September 13, 2014, 8:00 pm
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Thunder in the Valley: McClausland’s Resistance and Hunter’s 1864 Virginia Raid

Sunday, September 14, 2014, 6:00 pm

Southeastern Youth Slalom Championships

Sunday, September 14, 2014, 8:00 am

13th Annual Railfest Celebration

Sunday, September 14, 2014, 9:00 am

Sunday Sounds at Chateau Morrisette

Sunday, September 14, 2014, 1:00 pm

Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, September 14, 2014, 2:00 pm

"The Mystery of Irma Vep"

Sunday, September 14, 2014, 8:00 pm
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Historic Marian Tailgate Market

Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 3:00 pm
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Marion Mountain Music

Thursday, September 18, 2014, 6:00 pm

Trolley Wine Tour

Thursday, September 18, 2014, 11:30 am

Hotel Floyd Concert Series

Thursday, September 18, 2014, 6:00 pm

Pisgah District After Hours Hike

Thursday, September 18, 2014, 7:00 pm
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Pisgah District - Hike of the Week

Friday, September 19, 2014, 10:00 am

Roanoake Greek Festival

Friday, September 19, 2014, 11:00 am

Free Guided Walking Tours of Historic Lexington

Friday, September 19, 2014, 3:00 pm

Old Fort Mountain Music

Friday, September 19, 2014, 7:00 pm

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, September 19, 2014, 7:00 pm
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Evening Campfire Program at Mt. Pisgah

Saturday, September 20, 2014, 7:30 pm

Music in the Mountains Concert Series

Saturday, June 7, 2014, 6:30 pm

Gatlinburg Farmer's Market

Saturday, September 20, 2014, 8:30 am

Black Mountain Tailgate Market

Saturday, September 20, 2014, 9:00 am

Jackson County Green Energy Park Youth Arts Festival

Saturday, September 20, 2014, 9:00 am

Eisenhower World War II Weekend

Saturday, September 20, 2014, 9:00 am

Roanoake Greek Festival

Saturday, September 20, 2014, 11:00 am

25th Annual Henry Street Heritage Festival

Saturday, September 20, 2014, 11:30 am

Classic Car Cruise-In

Saturday, September 20, 2014, 3:00 pm

Big Country Bluegrass & The Wolfe Brothers String Band

Saturday, September 20, 2014, 7:00 pm
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Eisenhower World War II Weekend

Sunday, September 21, 2014, 9:00 am

Roanoake Greek Festival

Sunday, September 21, 2014, 11:00 am

23rd Annual Adams County Heritage Festival

Sunday, September 21, 2014, 12:00 pm

Sunday Sounds at Chateau Morrisette

Sunday, September 21, 2014, 1:00 pm

Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, September 21, 2014, 2:00 pm

Bring Back the Monarchs

Sunday, September 21, 2014, 2:00 pm
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Historic Marian Tailgate Market

Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 3:00 pm
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Marion Mountain Music

Thursday, September 25, 2014, 6:00 pm

Nothin' Fancy Bluegrass Festival

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Hotel Floyd Concert Series

Thursday, September 25, 2014, 6:00 pm
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Nothin' Fancy Bluegrass Festival

Friday, September 26, 2014, 6:00 pm

Oktoberfest

Friday, September 26, 2014

Guest Appreciation Festival

Friday, September 26, 2014

Pisgah District - Hike of the Week

Friday, September 26, 2014, 10:00 am

Free Guided Walking Tours of Historic Lexington

Friday, September 26, 2014, 3:00 pm

Old Fort Mountain Music

Friday, September 26, 2014, 7:00 pm

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, September 26, 2014, 7:00 pm
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Nothin' Fancy Bluegrass Festival

Saturday, September 27, 2014, 6:00 pm

Music and Art in the Mountains

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Oktoberfest

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Guest Appreciation Festival

Saturday, September 27, 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

Gettysburg Fall Outdoor Antique Show

Saturday, September 27, 2014, 7:00 am

Pippinfest

Saturday, September 27, 2014, 8:00 am

Gatlinburg Farmer's Market

Saturday, September 27, 2014, 8:30 am

Black Mountain Tailgate Market

Saturday, September 27, 2014, 9:00 am

Mountain Heritage Day

Saturday, September 27, 2014, 9:00 am

Green Hill Highland Games

Saturday, September 27, 2014, 9:00 am

National Public Lands Day

Saturday, September 27, 2014, 9:00 am

Smith Mountain Lake Wine Festival

Saturday, September 27, 2014, 11:00 am

Across the Blue Ridge: Collectors and Song Carriers

Saturday, September 27, 2014, 4:00 pm
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Oktoberfest

Sunday, September 28, 2014, 6:00 pm

Guest Appreciation Festival

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Pippinfest

Sunday, September 28, 2014, 8:00 am

Smith Mountain Lake Wine Festival

Sunday, September 28, 2014, 11:00 am

Sunday Sounds at Chateau Morrisette

Sunday, September 28, 2014, 1:00 pm

Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, September 28, 2014, 2:00 pm
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Oktoberfest

Monday, September 29, 2014, 6:00 pm
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Oktoberfest

Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 6:00 pm

Historic Marian Tailgate Market

Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 3:00 pm

Balsam Range Concert

Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 7:30 pm
       

Highlights & Happenings

  • 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.
  • 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
  • Moses H. Cone Park, MP 294
  • A majestic 4,200 acres at the foot of Grandfather Mountain, named in honor of Julian Price, lies directly adjacent to the Moses H. Cone Memorial Park. Together these parks comprise the largest developed area set aside for public recreati
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Monacan Indian Nation Fall Festival
  • Come immerse yourself in the culture of the Monacan Indian Nation in a 3-day event including music, dancing, performances and artisans.
  • 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.
  • Hiking Trails
  • A journey on the Blue Ridge Parkway offers motorists spectacular views of Southern Appalachia’s diverse beauty for 469.1 uninterrupted miles.
  • 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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