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 Foundation, NPS Announce 2016 Centennial Challenge Project...
9 Feb 2016 at 11:50am
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Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, NPS Announce 2016 Centennial Challenge Project
High Country Press
The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation and National Park Service (NPS) are pleased to announce their 2016 Centennial Challenge project. The nonprofit Foundation will raise $411,632 to update the fire suppression system at Flat Top Manor at Moses H. Cone ...
Blue Ridge Parkway closed in AshevilleAsheville Citizen-Times
Leaders Celebrate Blue Ridge Parkway Trail Repairs and River Access at ...
Land trust expands Blue Ridge Parkway views - Asheville Citizen-Times
19 Jan 2016 at 10:28am
Land trust expands Blue Ridge Parkway views
BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY - In the wake of news that Blue Ridge Parkway visitation grew by a million people in 2015, all those extra visitors just got a little more forested scenery to gawk at along the 469-mile scenic drive. The Conservation Trust for North ...
Blue RIdge Parkway seeking to hire - Asheville Citizen-Times
27 Jan 2016 at 10:18am
Blue RIdge Parkway seeking to hire
ASHEVILLE ? Looking for a job where you're not afraid to get your hands dirty? The Blue Ridge Parkway is seeking maintenance workers to help maintain the 469-mile scenic roadway, as it celebrates the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service this ...
Man found dead at bottom of Blue Ridge Parkway overlook - Roanoke Times
11 Jan 2016 at 11:59am
Man found dead at bottom of Blue Ridge Parkway overlook
The Augusta County Sheriff's Office is investigating the death of a Nelson County man whose body was found this past weekend at the bottom of a 120-foot cliff on the Blue Ridge Parkway between Augusta and Nelson counties. Investigator Caleb Spence ...
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Blue Ridge Parkway draws more than 15 million visitors in 2015 - Richmond.com
16 Jan 2016 at 7:17pm
Blue Ridge Parkway draws more than 15 million visitors in 2015
ROANOKE - Blue Ridge Parkway visitation topped 15 million for the first time in three years, thanks in part to record December temperatures that lured people outdoors. According to the National Park Service, the parkway recorded just under 15.1 million ...
One Found Dead off of the Blue Ridge Parkway - WSET
11 Jan 2016 at 5:44am
One Found Dead off of the Blue Ridge Parkway
One Found Dead off of the Blue Ridge Parkway. By Emily-Erin Robinson Monday, January 11th 2016. Fall on the Blue Ridge Parkway - Tracey Norvelle.jpg. Investigators are still searching for answers after finding a Nelson County man dead near Raven's ...
Body recovered off Blue Ridge ParkwayStaunton News Leader
Body Found Near Blue Ridge ParkwayThe Charlottesville Newsplex
Authorities investigate fatal fall at Blue Ridge Parkway overlookWHSV
Blue Ridge Parkway Announces Full Closure - WLOS
22 Jan 2016 at 7:28am
Blue Ridge Parkway Announces Full Closure
(NC/VA) ? Due to the current winter storm, a full closure of the 469-mile Blue Ridge Parkway is in effect until further notice. For more information about road closures, please visit the Parkway's Real-Time Road map at maps.
Blue Ridge Parkway completely closed - Asheville Citizen-Times
22 Jan 2016 at 8:22am
Blue Ridge Parkway completely closed
Due to the current winter storm, the National Park Service has issued a full closure of the 469-mile Blue Ridge Parkway this morning, which will be in effect until further notice. That means there is no entrance open to vehicular traffic anywhere in ...
Blue Ridge Parkway Announces Temporary Closures from Milepost 234 to Milepost...
14 Jan 2016 at 8:20am
Blue Ridge Parkway Announces Temporary Closures from Milepost 234 to Milepost 242
Virtual Blue Ridge
Beginning Tuesday morning, January 19, 2016, and continuing for approximately one month, Blue Ridge Parkway maintenance personnel will be conducting boom axe operations between Milepost 234.2 and Milepost 242.3, from Mahogany Rock to the ...
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Letter writer: Cyclists should avoid Blue Ridge Parkway during rush hour - Mo...
15 Jan 2016 at 9:01am
Letter writer: Cyclists should avoid Blue Ridge Parkway during rush hour
I love the Blue Ridge Parkway! Now someone (John C. Tripp, Letters, Dec. 30) is upset that commuters use the Blue Ridge Parkway, some of whom are rude to him (and by extension to other bike riders). He writes that the parkway was constructed ?to ...
Parts of parkway closed for snow and iceAsheville Citizen-Times
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