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Showy Blooms of the Blue Ridge Parkway

The Blue Ridge Parkway is home to many unique species of flowers and shrubs that can not be found in many other locations around the world! From Catawba Rhododendron to Fire Pink flowers, there are many natural beauties to see

NC Mountains Camping

Camping in the North Carolina Mountains is one of the most popular activities along the Blue Ridge Parkway!  The cool summer temperatures and easy access to other outdoor activities make the High Country Region your best stop for camping.  When

Blue Ridge Parkway Campground and Restroom Opening Schedule

While winter is a great time to enjoy the solitude of the parkway, the spring and summer seasons remain the most popular.  Campgrounds, concession facilities and picnic areas open to the public throughout the month of May 2014.  Here is

BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY RELEASES 2014 SEASON OPENING SCHEDULE

(Asheville, NC) –  The Blue Ridge Parkway is pleased to announce its 2014 season opening schedule. The current schedule for open facilities is presented below and calls for most areas, unless noted otherwise, to be fully operational by May 9,

5 Reasons to Hike in Winter

Hiking in the North Carolina High Country is a popular activity that the area is known for.  The trails along the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Grandfather Mountain State Park International Biosphere, and other spectacular North Carolina State Parks can provide

U.S. Forest Service offers new digital maps for mobile devices

WASHINGTON, Nov. 20, 2013 – The U.S. Forest Service now offers access to a variety of visitor maps for people using Android and iOS devices. “This mobile app makes it easier than ever to plan your visit to a national forest

New Hiking Trails Open in High Country

Two new hiking trails have been created and are now open to the public.  The trails are located in the Pisgah Game Lands and are the first trails to create access to two mountain peaks in the region.  The trails

Blue Ridge Parkway Open Despite Government Shutdown

The Blue Ridge Parkway will remain open for driving, hiking and nature exploration despite the government shutdown.  However, the facilities including welcome centers, bathrooms, museums and other education centers along the parkway will be closed.  To make your drive most

Fall Hawk Migration Viewing Sites- NC High Country

The NC High Country is a popular viewing area for hawk migrations due to the rocky outcroppings and mountain ridgelines that provide optimal wind currents for the hawks to ride as they head south for the winter.The migration for the

Grandfather Mountain State Park Activities June 2013

Grandfather Mountain State Park is the newest North Carolina State park.  Created in 2008, the state park service acquired the 2,456 acres along the crest of Grandfather Mountain, located off the Blue Ridge Parkway in Linville.  The park offers 13

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