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Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 213: 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 other. Read More
Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 384: Parkway Visitor Center and Park Store Visitors traveling the Blue Ridge Parkway can now make one stop to learn about the entire 469 miles and history of the Parkway. The Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center in Asheville, NC offers an award-winning film and interactive exhibits on the… Read More
Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 339.5 – 340.2: Crabtree Falls Crabtree Falls is accessed by one of two routes: a three-mile total hike that leads to the base of the falls or a more strenuous 3.5-mile loop trail that leads to the top of the waterfall. Visitors say, whichever path you… Read More
Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 364.4 – 367.6: Craggy Gardens Twisted, jagged, rocky “crags” give Craggy Gardens its name, but these high elevation summits are home to the most spectacular floral display along the 469-mile Blue Ridge Parkway corridor. For generations, visitors have headed for the Craggies in June, typically the prime time… Read More
Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 217.5: Cumberland Knob 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 mixture of lush… Read More
Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 238.5 – 241: Doughton Park Visitor Information Station and Park Store, and Brinegar Cabin 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… Read More
Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 115: Explore Park Recreational Area, Visitor Center and Park Store Explore Park is 1,100 acres of woods and land to explore with bike paths, hiking trails, and historic buildings. The Roanoke River runs through the park for kayaking, canoeing, and fishing. Roanoke River access day passes for… Read More
Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 382: Folk Art Center, Visitor Center and Park Store The Folk Art Center showcases the finest in traditional and contemporary craft of the Southern Appalachians. It houses the Southern Highland Craft Guild’s century-old Allanstand Craft Shop, exhibitions in three galleries, a library, auditorium, and a cooperating association book… Read More
Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 418.8: Graveyard Fields Overlook Graveyard Fields is named for the haunting skeletons of ancient trees punctuating an otherwise grassy field, as seen from above at the Graveyard Fields Overlook. The horizon beyond offers a breathtaking view of surrounding mountains. To call the overlook a vista is an… Read More
Skyline Drive, Shenandoah National Park: Byrd Visitor Center Located in and managed by the Shenandoah National Park, the Harry F. Byrd Sr. Visitor Center is not on the Blue Ridge Parkway. It is the next Visitor Center travelers on the Parkway will come to when continuing onto Skyline Drive after… Read More