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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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The Polar Express™

Wednesday, November 26, 2014, 6:00 pm

Thanksgiving Family Festivities at Fontana

Wednesday, November 26, 2014, 8:00 am

Common Threads: Five Influential Women and their Legacies

Wednesday, November 26, 2014, 10:00 am

Battle of the Brushes Exhibit

Wednesday, November 26, 2014, 10:00 am

Blow your own holiday ornament

Wednesday, November 26, 2014, 11:00 am

The Polar Express

Wednesday, November 26, 2014, 5:00 pm

Christmas by Candlelight Tours

Wednesday, November 26, 2014, 6:30 pm
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The Polar Express™

Thursday, November 27, 2014, 6:00 pm

Marion Mountain Music

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Fashions for Evergreens

Thursday, November 27, 2014, 7:00 am

Thanksgiving Family Festivities at Fontana

Thursday, November 27, 2014, 8:00 am

2014 Union Drumstick DASH

Thursday, November 27, 2014, 9:00 am

Common Threads: Five Influential Women and their Legacies

Thursday, November 27, 2014, 10:00 am

Battle of the Brushes Exhibit

Thursday, November 27, 2014, 10:00 am

Turkey Day Crafts

Thursday, November 27, 2014, 10:00 am

Blow your own holiday ornament

Thursday, November 27, 2014, 11:00 am

Thanksgiving Day Buffet

Thursday, November 27, 2014, 11:30 am

The Polar Express

Thursday, November 27, 2014, 5:00 pm

Christmas by Candlelight Tours

Thursday, November 27, 2014, 6:30 pm
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The Polar Express™

Friday, November 28, 2014, 6:00 pm

Christmas in the Park & Lighting of the Town

Friday, November 28, 2014

Fashions for Evergreens

Friday, November 28, 2014, 7:00 am

Thanksgiving Family Festivities at Fontana

Friday, November 28, 2014, 8:00 am

27th Annual Hard Candy Christmas Arts & Crafts Festival

Friday, November 28, 2014, 10:00 am

Common Threads: Five Influential Women and their Legacies

Friday, November 28, 2014, 10:00 am

Battle of the Brushes Exhibit

Friday, November 28, 2014, 10:00 am

Blow your own holiday ornament

Friday, November 28, 2014, 11:00 am

Holiday Arts & Crafts Market

Friday, November 28, 2014, 11:00 am

Free Guided Walking Tours of Historic Lexington

Friday, November 28, 2014, 3:00 pm

The Polar Express

Friday, November 28, 2014, 5:00 pm

Christmas by Candlelight Tours

Friday, November 28, 2014, 6:30 pm

Old Fort Mountain Music

Friday, November 28, 2014, 7:00 pm

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, November 28, 2014, 7:00 pm
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The Polar Express™

Saturday, November 29, 2014, 6:00 pm

Christmas in the Park & Lighting of the Town

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Fashions for Evergreens

Saturday, November 29, 2014, 7:00 am

Thanksgiving Family Festivities at Fontana

Saturday, November 29, 2014, 8:00 am

Saturdays with St. Nickolas

Saturday, November 29, 2014, 10:00 am

27th Annual Hard Candy Christmas Arts & Crafts Festival

Saturday, November 29, 2014, 10:00 am

Common Threads: Five Influential Women and their Legacies

Saturday, November 29, 2014, 10:00 am

Annual Thanksgiving Kiln Opening

Saturday, November 29, 2014, 10:00 am

Battle of the Brushes Exhibit

Saturday, November 29, 2014, 10:00 am

Blow your own holiday ornament

Saturday, November 29, 2014, 11:00 am

Fall Stroll Around the Lake

Saturday, November 29, 2014, 2:00 pm

The Polar Express

Saturday, November 29, 2014, 5:00 pm

Santa by Rail

Saturday, November 29, 2014, 5:00 pm

Christmas by Candlelight Tours

Saturday, November 29, 2014, 6:30 pm

Music at the Star

Saturday, November 29, 2014, 9:00 pm
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The Polar Express™

Sunday, November 30, 2014, 6:00 pm

Fashions for Evergreens

Sunday, November 30, 2014, 7:00 am

Saturdays with St. Nickolas

Sunday, November 30, 2014, 10:00 am

Common Threads: Five Influential Women and their Legacies

Sunday, November 30, 2014, 10:00 am

Battle of the Brushes Exhibit

Sunday, November 30, 2014, 10:00 am

Blow your own holiday ornament

Sunday, November 30, 2014, 11:00 am

Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, November 30, 2014, 2:00 pm

The Polar Express

Sunday, November 30, 2014, 5:00 pm

Christmas by Candlelight Tours

Sunday, November 30, 2014, 6:30 pm
           

Highlights & Happenings

  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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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