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Explore Fall Foliage on the Blue Ridge Parkway

October 12, 2012, 8:53 am
By Heather Crowley Across the country, millions of visitors travel thousands of miles to enjoy the majestic beauty that is the National Park System. From the famed Yellowstone National Park to the lesser knowns, each brings its own unique landscape to the attention of the public. In 2011, the National Park ...

Top Parks for Fall Foliage Drives

September 10, 2010, 11:02 am
Ah, yet another fall foliage season is upon us. Here at, leaf-peeping is one of the most eagerly-anticipated rituals of autumn. Last year, we featured our favorite parks to visit to soak up the red and golden hues in all their glory. This year, we offer a slightly ...

Blue Ridge Parkway's 75th Anniversary

September 9, 2010, 10:28 am
This year, 2010, marks the 75th anniversary of the Blue Ridge Parkway, often called “America’s Favorite Drive.” Named for the bluish tint that the mountains put off from a mixture of sunlight, forest and fog, parkway construction commenced in 1935, in part, to connect Shenandoah National Park in Virginia ...

Take the slow road: Blue Ridge Parkway

July 23, 2010, 9:17 am
Ask Ellen Smith where she lives, and she won't name a town or city. "Milepost 246," she'll say. That's because her home has been on the Blue Ridge Parkway since its earliest beginnings: "They were pouring gravel when I moved here when I was 6," she says. And on the ...

Rocky Knob's Rock Castle Gorge

May 6, 2010, 8:53 am
It's a mile and a half of pretty steep descending through here. The scenic highlight of the descent is an area of rock chunks, some as big as houses, known as the Bear Rocks. Not far after this, the trail finally bottoms out at Rock Castle Creek, with a ...

A Conversation with Phil Francis, Blue Ridge Parkway Superintendent

May 6, 2010, 8:38 am
Phil Francis became superintendent of the Blue Ridge Parkway in November 2005 after working in the National Park Service for 34 years, including assignments at Shenandoah, Yosemite, and Great Smoky Mountains national parks. During his tenure with the National Park Service, Phil has been recognized a number of times, including ...

Savor the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway

April 30, 2010, 1:08 pm
The first thing to know about the Blue Ridge Parkway is that it isn't designed for speed.   With 250 pull-outs and 800 or so spots to drink in wow-inducing vistas — not to mention a speed limit that maxes out at 45 mph — this 469-mile roadway is meant to ...

Weekend Getaway: Blue Ridge Parkway

December 18, 2009, 9:43 am
Consistent with the overall cadence and rhythm of mountain life, the Blue Ridge Parkway is never a place to be in a hurry!  Slow paced, relaxing, and graceful describe the experience here. Early designers saw their task as “painting a ten league canvas with the brush of a comet’s ...

Opening Weekend for Blue Ridge Parkway’s 75th Anniversary Is Filled With Tradition, Presentations, Music, and Dance

November 12, 2009, 6:34 am
The 75th Anniversary of the Blue Ridge Parkway will officially get underway November 12, 2009, with students from Cherokee, NC, schools participating as part of the launch. The students have been studying the history and heritage of the Parkway and of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, with much ...

Shop to Support the Blue Ridge Parkway

September 11, 2009, 8:01 am
Celebrate Blue Ridge Parkway Day at Mast General Stores on Saturday, September 12.Mast General Stores in Valle Crucis, Boone, Blowing Rock, Asheville and Hendersonville will be donating 10% of their sales for the day to improve camping amenities in the North Carolina campgrounds of the Blue Ridge Parkway.  Each year, Mast Store conducts it ...

Blue Ridge blueberries…and other off-road parkway treasures

July 27, 2009, 7:33 am
With 469 miles of roadway in this national park site, every mile probably has special meaning for somebody who has passed leisurely along its twists and turns. And that was the point when the Blue Ridge Parkway was constructed back in the 1930s: to create a scenic, slow-moving motor road ...

Traffic Drops on the Blue Ridge Parkway

January 26, 2009, 2:37 pm
One million fewer people traveled the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway last year.National Park Service statistics show total visitation in 2008 was 18.25 million, down from 19.29 million in 2007, according to theRichmond ...

Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation Receives Grant to Fight Childhood Obesity

January 15, 2009, 8:17 am
With a unique blend of talent and resources, the National Park Service, the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, and the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation are focusing on a national epidemic – childhood ...

Blue Ridge Parkway Destination Center design team wins award

September 8, 2008, 2:34 pm
The National Park Service recently presented its 2007 Environmental Achievement Awards to two parks and two concession companies that incorporated high environmental standards into their operations. The Blue Ridge Parkway Destination Center Design Team won an award for the new Destination Center that features an innovative passive solar heating and ...

Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation Celebrates 75th Anniversary of the Civilian Conservation Corps

May 7, 2008, 11:00 am
President Franklin D. Roosevelt (depicted) will be a special guest along with Dr. Harley Jolley at a celebration of the creation of the CCC at historic Claxton Farm near Weaverville, NC June 19. The celebration is a ticketed event and the public is encouraged to attend. The celebration is hosted ...