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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.

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.

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.

Land & Conservation Trusts

The Western Virginia Land Trust, the Conservation Trust for North Carolina, and Blue Ridge Forever 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.

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.

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.


For more information, contact state tourism offices:

North Carolina Travel and Tourism

4324 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-4324

Virginia Tourism Corporation

901 E. Byrd Street
Richmond, VA 23219

Tennessee Travel & Tourism

320 6th Avenue #500
Nashville, TN 37243-7000


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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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Civil War Sesquicentennial
  • 2015 marks the 150th year anniversary of when the last shot east of the Mississippi was fired during the Civil War, which rang out in present-day Waynesville.
  • 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.
  • Hiking Trails
  • A journey on the Blue Ridge Parkway offers motorists spectacular views of Southern Appalachia’s diverse beauty for 469.1 uninterrupted miles.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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