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 visitor spending dropped in 2013 - Roanoke Times
22 Jul 2014 at 7:52pm
Blue Ridge Parkway visitor spending dropped in 2013
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 ...
Blue Ridge Parkway brings $780 million to local communitiesThe Daily Progress
Take a Blue Ridge Parkway hike in the CraggiesAsheville Citizen-Times
Report: Tourism to Blue Ridge Par...
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 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 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 ...
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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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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Multi-motorcycle wreck on Blue Ridge Parkway remains under investigation - Ri...
8 Jul 2014 at 8:19am
Multi-motorcycle wreck on Blue Ridge Parkway remains under investigation
BEDFORD -- Authorities are continuing to investigate the wreck of four motorcycles on the Blue Ridge Parkway that resulted in several serious injuries. A group of 24 motorcyclists from Florida were making their way to a rally in Pennsylvania, said Park ...
Four motorcycles involved in Blue Ridge Parkway wreckLynchburg News and Advance
Four motorcycles involved in Parkway wreckRoanoke Times
Three in Hos...
Prescribed burn to be visible from Blue Ridge Parkway - Asheville Citizen-Times
7 Jul 2014 at 1:15pm
Burlington Times News
Prescribed burn to be visible from Blue Ridge Parkway
Another unreported result of setting forests on fire is the release of toxic gases and deadly fine particulates from prescribed burns. When you couple the toxic pollution with the supposed proper technique of "prescribed burning" of the same area two ...
Forest service to conduct prescribed burn TuesdayWatauga Democrat
US Forest Service schedules prescribed burn in Grandfather Ranger District in ......
Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway help mow, weed graveyards - The Republic
19 Jul 2014 at 8:55am
Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway help mow, weed graveyards
Mellawalka Wilson (whose real name was "Milwaukee," according to family records), her husband and as many as four of her babies lie here in this lonely, unkept cemetery next to the Blue Ridge Parkway in Floyd County. "You realize what a hard life these ...
Senator Kaine Blue Ridge Parkway CleanupWDBJ7
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