Due to expected heavy rain, high winds and the threat of historic flooding in some parts of the Blue Ridge region, the Blue Ridge Parkway is reminding visitors to use extreme caution when traveling this weekend. Many sections of the Parkway are closed through this weekend or until further notice, and many programs have been cancelled. Visitors are encouraged to regularly check the Parkway’s online Real Time Road Map and to consult this list of closures/cancellations when planning their Parkway trips.
October is upon us, and the mountain foliage, true to form, is beginning to make the transition to the color that brings so much attention here in the fall. Typically, the Blue Ridge Parkway experiences the much-anticipated change in fall foliage around the middle of October. Many factors, however, contribute to variations in when and where colors will peak.
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.