The National Park Service, established by Congress in 1916, is celebrating its 100th anniversary. The Blue Ridge Parkway, Parkway partner organizations, and the Blue Ridge Music Center will usher in the 2016 centennial on Saturday, August 29, 2015 with an afternoon showcase highlighting the work partner groups perform in support of the Parkway and an evening performance by the Steep Canyon Rangers.
“I love that people can look at this coin and remember their experience on the Parkway. Or it will encourage them to come visit the Parkway.” -Frank Morris, designer of the Parkway quarter The Blue Ridge Parkway is being honored this year with its own quarter in the U.S. Mint’s “America the Beautiful” series. The series […]
The Blue Ridge Parkway is pleased to announce its 2015 opening schedule for seasonal facilities and services. The current schedule for open facilities calls for most areas to be fully operational by May 23, 2015. From preparing campgrounds for visitors, to planning engaging family programs, Parkway staff, volunteers, and partners are getting ready for a strong visitor season.
The Blue Ridge Parkway is seeking public input, through February 9, 2015, on an Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Moses H. Cone Developed Area Management Plan (DAMP). The purpose of this EA is to guide the future development and management of the Moses H. Cone Memorial Park. Those who wish to review and comment on this document may do so by visiting the NPS Planning, Environment, and Public Comment (PEPC) website, mailing comments to the Blue Ridge Parkway headquarters, or attending a public meeting to be held on January 15, 2015.
Two sections of the Parkway will be closed in both lanes from November 3, 2014 until early May 2015: Milepost 241 to Milepost 243.5 (Ice Rock near Alligator Back), and Milepost 420.3 to Milepost 423.3 (near NC Highway 215). All visitors will be detoured due to the restoration of the structural integrity and historical appearance of the Parkway’s rock walls and the Devil’s Courthouse Tunnel.