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 and MST land preserved - Asheville Citizen-Times
26 Jan 2015 at 1:23pm
Blue Ridge Parkway and MST land preserved
The Blue Ridge Parkway is putting on some weight. The beloved national park that rides the ridges of the Blue Ridge Mountains from Cherokee through Asheville and into Virginia got a little more scenic with a recent purchase by the Conservation Trust ...
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Land trust buys overlook near Blue Ridge Parkway - USA TODAY
26 Jan 2015 at 2:45pm
Land trust buys overlook near Blue Ridge Parkway
ASHEVILLE, N.C. ? Land that adjoins the Blue Ridge Parkway and a recently opened segment of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail now is open to hikers thanks to its recent purchase by the Conservation Trust for North Carolina. The 10-acre property in Jackson ...
Ticket to Write: Book details Blue Ridge Parkway sights - Columbus Dispatch
25 Jan 2015 at 4:50am
Ticket to Write: Book details Blue Ridge Parkway sights
I once even got lost on the Blue Ridge Parkway, which sounds hard to do on a limited access two-lane parkway. But I managed, by getting turned around in a National Park Service visitors center parking lot near my entry ramp and proceeding south when I ...
Book review (nonfiction): Blue Ridge Parkway Vistas - Richmond.com
24 Jan 2015 at 9:36pm
Book review (nonfiction): Blue Ridge Parkway Vistas
This image, which has been cropped for detail, shows a portion of the Raven's Roost overlook at Milepost 10.7 on The Blue Ridge Parkway, on the Augusta/Nelson county line, elevation 3,200 feet. Tim Barnwell has produced a panoramic, profusely, labeled ...
Blue Ridge Parkway to launch faster road closure website - Asheville Citizen-...
15 Jan 2015 at 10:52am
Blue Ridge Parkway to launch faster road closure website
ASHEVILLE At this time of year the questions rangers on the Blue Ridge Parkway are most often asked usually don't have to do with the stunning mountain scenery or the habits of wildlife, but tend to be more rooted to the road. "People are always asking ...
Blue Ridge Parkway Kids in Parks program receives nearly $1M - Asheville Citi...
21 Jan 2015 at 11:30am
Blue Ridge Parkway Kids in Parks program receives nearly $1M
Kids in Parks, a signature program of the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, has been awarded $921,000 from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation to continue its work helping kids and families reconnect with nature through TRACK ...
Trust conserves 10 acres adjoining Blue Ridge Parkway - BlueRidgeNow.com
22 Jan 2015 at 12:49pm
Trust conserves 10 acres adjoining Blue Ridge Parkway
The Conservation Trust for North Carolina has purchased a 10-acre property in Jackson County that adjoins both the Blue Ridge Parkway and a recently opened segment of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail, according to a news release from the trust. Hikers can ...
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Smoky, Blue Ridge Parkway see big increase in visitors - Greenville News
12 Jan 2015 at 7:15am
Smoky, Blue Ridge Parkway see big increase in visitors
Two of the nation's most-visited sites in the national parks system happen to be here in the Carolinas region, and the economic ripple effect goes far and wide, park officials said. The 469-mile Blue Ridge Parkway that stretches from Cherokee, N.C., ...
Blue Ridge Parkway, Smokies see sharp visit increasesAsheville Citizen-Times
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Blue Ridge Parkway seeks input on Moses Cone plan - Asheville Citizen-Times
5 Jan 2015 at 12:10pm
Blue Ridge Parkway seeks input on Moses Cone plan
ASHEVILLE The Blue Ridge Parkway is seeking public input, through Feb. 9, on an Environmental Assessment for the Moses H. Cone Developed Area Management Plan. The plan would guide the future development and management of the Moses H. Cone ...
Blue Ridge Parkway visitation climbs in 2014, still lower than averageRoanoke Times
Nearly 14 million visited Blue Ridge Parkway in 2014WDBJ7
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Purchase of tract protects land near Blue Ridge Parkway, hiking trail - The R...
23 Jan 2015 at 6:57am
Purchase of tract protects land near Blue Ridge Parkway, hiking trail
HENDERSONVILLE, North Carolina ? The Conservation Trust for North Carolina has bought 10 acres in Jackson County to protect the land near the Blue Ridge Parkway and a newly opened part of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail. The Times-News of ...
Purchase Protects Land Near Parkway for Hiking TrailWLOS
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