Humpback Rocks Visitor Center and Picnic Area Open Longer
(Waynesboro, VA) The Blue Ridge Parkway’s Humpback Rocks Visitor Center at milepost 5.8 and the Picnic Area at milepost 8.5 will remain open an additional two weeks this fall. Both sites will be open through Sunday, November 14, 2010. Visitor Center hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a brief mid-day lunchtime closure. The Picnic Area is open daytime hours.
The Blue Ridge Parkway’s 75th Anniversary year is drawing to a close while Shenandoah National Park’s 75th Anniversary year is just beginning. An official ceremony recognizing this will take place within Shenandoah National Park during the first week of November.
The Blue Ridge Parkway is the most visited unit in the entire National Park System. Within a reasonable day’s drive of some 20 states that contain more than half of the nation’s population, it is a favored vacation destination. It attracts many international visitors who, like others, take advantage of the many opportunities for camping, hiking, picnicking and fishing.
Did You Know?
The first contract for work on the Blue Ridge Parkway, awarded to Nello Teer Construction Company of Durham, NC in the height of the Great Depression, was for over $316,000. Teer purchased a new steam shovel for the project!