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September 21, 2018

Written by Blue Ridge Parkway Association
Are you a business located in one of the many communities that trace the Blue Ridge Parkway along its 469 mile path through Virginia and North Carolina? If visitors find you after traveling the Parkway - or you wish they did - the Blue Ridge Parkway Association would love to count you among our esteemed members.

May 7, 2018

Written by Blue Ridge Parkway Association
Blue Ridge Parkway Association members and stakeholders enjoyed a warm welcome for our Annual Meeting in May by Bedford Tourism. Our gracious host for meals, accommodations and the meeting was a Parkway favorite destination in Virginia, Peaks of Otter Lodge.

January 31, 2018

Written by Blue Ridge Parkway Association
The Blue Ridge Parkway Association's membership and Board were warmly welcomed for our Winter Meeting by Visit Hendersonville. We got a chance to explore the countryside and a favorite destination in Henderson County.

December 27, 2017

Written by Robert Hull for The Guardian
"Amid the clutter of instruments in Barr’s Fiddle Shop on Galax’s Main Street, three guys sat playing bluegrass tunes on guitar. Sometimes, the owner Stevie Barr – a man who had played for the Queen when she visited Virginia in 2010 – would join in."

December 4, 2017

Written by Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute, Alex Armstrong - PARI Special Projects
I remember a trip a few years ago (mid Oct 2012) where I was going to spend three days on the Blue…

Parkway Itineraries

Some sample Itineraries to get you started

It would be a challenge for motorcycle riders to find a more beautiful and diversified driving trail than the scenic back roads of Southwest Virginia.
Ridge Region Weekend Getaway A two-day trip from Afton Mountain and Rockfish Gap (Milepost 0) to the Peaks of Otter (Milepost 86) and on to Roanoke, the largest metropolitan area on the Parkway, offers plenty of time to experience this region and highlight the ridge-top driving experience, including magnificent views…
Parkway Weekend Getaway by R.V. A two-day trip along the Blue Ridge Plateau from Roanoke (Milepost 120) to the Virginia state line (Milepost 216) is highlighted by intensive exposure to the Blue Ridge cultural landscape. The rural experience on the Parkway and on adjacent lands highlights mills, music, and agriculture,…
A two-day trip through the Highlands district reveals the shift from flat plateau to mountain ridges. Find yourself in the rolling pastures of Doughton Park (Milepost 240 – 245) or exploring the Grandfather Mountain corridor (Milepost 295 – 300) or the rugged Linville Gorge (Milepost 317) with a night in…
A one-day trip through the Pisgah District is a long drive – perhaps best undertaken from the comfort of your car – but comes with unique rewards. There is a natural resource emphasis that features relic populations of plants, long vistas across rugged and remote areas, and a feel of…