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 announces 2015 opening dates - Roanoke Times
26 Mar 2015 at 12:11pm
Blue Ridge Parkway announces 2015 opening dates
The Peaks of Otter Lodge and Restaurant opens full time Friday to kick off the Blue Ridge Parkway's spring opening schedule. In Virginia, the Mabry Mill Restaurant and Gift Shop opens May 1 and the Blue Ridge Music Center opens on a limited schedule ...
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What's in that beautiful Blue Ridge parkway vista? This guide shows you - Jef...
27 Mar 2015 at 8:34pm
What's in that beautiful Blue Ridge parkway vista? This guide shows you
The easy part was deciding where to go ? Parkway overlooks he knew would be of interest, places with open foregrounds and no trees in the way. He planned to take two photos in most instances and combine them into one panoramic image. Barnwell ...
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Blue Ridge Parkway Announces 2015 Facilities Schedule - WLOS
27 Mar 2015 at 11:12am
Blue Ridge Parkway Announces 2015 Facilities Schedule
"On the eve of the National Park Service Centennial, we are excited to welcome visitors this year to experience the park and make connections with the region's natural and cultural treasures," Parkway Superintendent Mark Woods said in a news release ...
Parkway sets opening time for campgrounds, facilitiesSpartanburg Herald Journal
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Blue Ridge Parkway to close again for hazard tree work - Asheville Citizen-Times
23 Mar 2015 at 11:02pm
Blue Ridge Parkway to close again for hazard tree work
Savor the smooth sailing on the Blue Ridge Parkway for the next couple of days. Parkway staff plan to resume removal of hazardous trees again starting Wednesday. The section north of Asheville between Milepost 374 at Bull Gap and Ox Creek Road and ...
Blue Ridge Parkway issues closure north of Asheville - Asheville Citizen-Times
16 Mar 2015 at 6:41pm
Blue Ridge Parkway issues closure north of Asheville
The Blue Ridge Parkway, which had just opened much of the roadway to motor vehicles this weekend, has issued an emergency road closure from Milepost 375 at Bull Gap, just north of Asheville, for about 20 miles to Milepost 355 near Mount Mitchell State ...
Blue Ridge Parkway Closed for MaintenanceThe Charlottesville Newsplex
BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY IN WNC OPENING UP FOR SPRINGTIMEWHKP
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Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway head out to keep the parkway clean - WDBJ7
21 Mar 2015 at 10:54pm
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Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway head out to keep the parkway clean
the marked spots. Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway's Roanoke Valley Chapter were at it again, doing their part to keep the parkway clean. They took advantage of the good weather to keep one of the area's scenic places clean. Volunteers say they're ...
Officials release description of woman found dead on Blue Ridge ParkwayBlack Mountain News
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2 arrested after 2.5 tons of tires dumped near Blue Ridge Parkway - Roanoke T...
10 Mar 2015 at 4:29pm
2 arrested after 2.5 tons of tires dumped near Blue Ridge Parkway
Roanoke County police say a 32-year-old man recently arrested by the U.S. Marshals Service helped dump two and a half tons of tires near the Blue Ridge Parkway in mid-February. Jason Wayne Davis and 30-year-old Amanda Dale Clark, both of Roanoke, ...
Two arrested for illegally dumping tires in Roanoke CountyWDBJ7
2 Roanoke residents charged with dumping 2 ½ tons of tires near Blue Ridge ...The Republic
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More of Blue Ridge Parkway in Asheville open today - Asheville Citizen-Times
2 Mar 2015 at 8:03am
More of Blue Ridge Parkway in Asheville open today
The Blue Ridge Parkway was the second most visited NPS site, with 13.9 million visitors last year (second to Golden Gate National Recreation Area in San Francisco, California, with 15 million visitors. Great Smoky Mountains National Park was the third ...
Blue Ridge Parkway cleanup finds fewer 'huffing' canisters this year - Roanok...
26 Feb 2015 at 7:56pm
Blue Ridge Parkway cleanup finds fewer 'huffing' canisters this year
The next cleanup day is March 14 from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. along Mill Mountain Parkway, where the single largest pile of canisters was found last year. For more information, email email@example.com or call Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway at ...
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Blue Ridge Parkway welcomes spring - Spartanburg Herald Journal
18 Mar 2015 at 10:45am
Blue Ridge Parkway welcomes spring
Spartanburg Herald Journal
?The parkway is open year-round, and we close it as needed through the winter based on adverse weather primarily,? said Leesa Brandon, public information officer for the Blue Ridge Parkway. ?The best way to stay informed about what's open and closed on ...