The Blue Ridge Parkway
is a scenic drive like no other. The Blue Ridge Parkway wanders 469 miles through the spectacular mountains of Virginia and North Carolina from Shenandoah National Park at the North end to the Great Smokey Mountains at the southern end.
The Blue Ridge Parkway gets around 17 million visitors a year making it one of the most visited parks in the United States. The Parkway is marked with concrete mileposts beginning at 0 at Shenandoah National Park and ending at 469 at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Four lodges and six restaurants are scattered along the Blue Ridge Parkway and most are open from late April through the fall color season. The Peaks of Otter lodge and restaurant north of Roanoke, VA is open year round.
A drive down the Blue Ridge Parkway is meant to be slow paced and relaxing. A stop at almost any overlook or trail will reveal much of the natural and cultural history here. Explore the many communities along the way that make this region so special and enjoy the view.
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Blue Ridge Parkway Family Night: 'Fascinating Fireflies' - Asheville Citizen-...
24 Jul 2014 at 11:10am
Blue Ridge Parkway Family Night: 'Fascinating Fireflies'
ASHEVILLE ? Meet Blue Ridge Parkway rangers at 7 Thursday night, for "Fascinating Fireflies," a night of family fun and nature education. Meet at the Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center, Milepost 384, just north of the U.S. 74A entrance. Learn about ...
Blue Ridge Parkway brings $780 million to local communities - The Daily Progress
24 Jul 2014 at 5:42am
Blue Ridge Parkway brings $780 million to local communities
The Daily Progress
Parks are good for business according to a new National Park Service report that shows visitors spent more than $782 million in communities last year around the Blue Ridge Parkway. The report detailed that 12,877,369 visitors to the Blue Ridge Parkway ...
Blue Ridge Parkway visitor spending dropped in 2013Roanoke Times
Report: Tourism to Blue Ridge Parkway generates $782 million impactMountain Xpress (blog)
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Blue Ridge Parkway celebrates Graveyard Fields opening - Asheville Citizen-Times
22 Jul 2014 at 10:13am
National Parks Traveler
Blue Ridge Parkway celebrates Graveyard Fields opening
"We have had over 100 donors and supporters of the project thus far and donations are still coming in," said Carolyn Ward, CEO of the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation. "This project is a great example of the power of the Parkway in rallying our community ...
Following Restoration, Mabry Mill To Reopen Along Blue Ridge ParkwayNational Parks Traveler
Officials: Improvements Make Graveyard Fields Safer...
Blue Ridge Parkway visitor spending plunges - Richmond Times-Dispatch
22 Jul 2014 at 8:27pm
Blue Ridge Parkway visitor spending plunges
A dramatic drop last year in visits to the Blue Ridge Parkway resulted in a similar fall in visitor spending in communities along the scenic byway. The National Park Service reported Tuesday that visitors to the parkway in 2013 spent about $782.9 ...
Report says tourism to Blue Ridge Parkway creates $782 million in economic .....
22 Jul 2014 at 1:43pm
Report says tourism to Blue Ridge Parkway creates $782 million in economic ...
Mountain Xpress (blog)
Asheville, NC ? A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 12,877,369 visitors to the Blue Ridge Parkway in 2013 spent $782,926,000 in communities near the park. That spending supported 11,283 jobs in adjacent communities. The 2013 ...
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Blue Ridge Parkway cemeteries receive TLC - Richmond Times-Dispatch
16 Jul 2014 at 10:42pm
Blue Ridge Parkway cemeteries receive TLC
Ketler was part of a small band of volunteers who set out, on a recent morning, to bring a little bit of love and attention to the Wilsons and other long-gone souls whose bodies sleep forever and unnoticed near the parkway. Friends of the Blue Ridge ...
Blue Ridge Parkway rangers to lead Asheville-area hikes - Asheville Citizen-T...
15 Jul 2014 at 6:40pm
Blue Ridge Parkway rangers to lead Asheville-area hikes
Meet Blue Ridge Parkway rangers at 7 p.m. this Thursday, July 17, for an evening stroll starting from the third oldest river in the world ? the French Broad. Meet just north of the bridge at N.C. 191/Brevard Road intersection, Milepost 393.5. There is ...
Senator Kaine Blue Ridge Parkway Cleanup - WDBJ7
19 Jul 2014 at 6:01pm
Senator Kaine Blue Ridge Parkway Cleanup
Senator Tim Kaine's visit to the Roanoke Valley continued today with some cleanup on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Volunteers joined him and members of his staff, who hosted a Citizen Day service project this morning. They spent some of their time working on ...
Cleaning up the Blue Ridge ParkwayWSLS
Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway help mow, weed graveyardsThe Republic
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Free Blue Ridge Parkway family program Thursday night - Asheville Citizen-Times
10 Jul 2014 at 1:03pm
Augusta Free Press
Free Blue Ridge Parkway family program Thursday night
A fun, free, outdoors (and even educational) way to do that is at the Blue Ridge Parkway's Family Night program, which takes place tonight, that's Thursday, July 10, starting at 7 p.m. at the Parkway Visitor Center (not the Folk Art Center, the center ...
Cooling Off High on Blue Ridge ParkwayThe Ledger
Blue Ridge Parkway looking at interest in historic concession operationsAugusta Free Press
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Blue Ridge Parkway takes path to reclaim top spot - The Tennessean
26 Jun 2014 at 9:20pm
Blue Ridge Parkway takes path to reclaim top spot
If you've ever wanted to see the Blue Ridge Parkway end to end, this is the summer to go. All 469 miles of the parkway across North Carolina and Virginia are open, although the road is down to two lanes in some places. That's a welcome change from last ...