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November 10, 2016
Myth Buster: Does the Parkway Close for the Winter
Even as many park facilities close seasonally, the Parkway motor road remains open. Temporary weather or maintenance related closures though, often impact Parkway travel during the winter months.

September 23, 2016
Blue Ridge Parkway Seeks Public Comment Regarding Bridge Replacement at I-26
The Blue Ridge Parkway is seeking public comment on a proposed project to replace the bridge over I-26 in North Carolina.

April 27, 2016
Tourism to Blue Ridge Parkway creates $952 Million in Economic Benefits
Fifteen million visitors to the Parkway in 2015 spent $952.1 million in communities near the park. This spending supported 15,337 jobs across the region and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of $1.3 billion.

October 08, 2015
Blue Ridge Parkway Encourages Visitors to Enjoy the View and Watch the Road
Blue Ridge Parkway rangers and staff plan to welcome approximately two million visitors along the 469-mile scenic route this October. With fall color beginning, park managers want to remind the public that a Parkway drive is different than most.

August 04, 2015
Blue Ridge Parkway Announces the Release of Moses H. Cone Memorial Park Developed Area Management Plan
The Blue Ridge Parkway announces the release of the Moses H. Cone Memorial Park Developed Area Management Plan.

July 22, 2014
Tourism to Blue Ridge Parkway creates 782 Million in Economic Benefit
Asheville, NC – A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 12,877,369 visitors to the Blue Ridge Parkway in 2013 spent $782,926,000 in communities near the park. That spending supported 11,283 jobs in adjacent communities.

March 04, 2014
Tourism to the Blue Ridge Parkway creates 902 Million Dollars in Economic Benefit
A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 15.2 million visitors to the Blue Ridge Parkway in 2012 spent $902 million in communities near the park. That spending supported 12,168 jobs in the local area.

April 19, 2013
Parkway Announces Contract Award for Peaks of Otter
An early summer opening for the popular Peaks of Otter lodge and restaurant is hopeful. Operations at Bluffs Lodge and Otter Creek are still being evaluated.

January 15, 2013
Parkway Final General Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement Available
The GMP is the guiding document for the future management of the Blue Ridge Parkway.

July 03, 2012
Blue Ridge Parkway Encourages Visitor to Enjoy the View, But Watch the Road
Parkway officials encourage safe travel for the summer season.

May 23, 2012
Speed Limit Reduction
Effective immediately, the speed limit between Highway 74A and Highway 25 (Hendersonville Road) will be reduced from 45 miles per hour to 35 miles per hour. This speed limit change is aimed at improving the safety of motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians through the Asheville Corridor.

February 29, 2012
Blue Ridge Parkway Brings Money and Jobs to the Region
The Parkway's economic value to the region is confirmed by a new National Park Service report.

December 19, 2011
Blue Ridge Parkway Motor Road and Alternative Uses
There is nothing in the General Management Plan (GMP) Preferred Alternative that precludes any existing uses from continuing, or precludes the consideration of new uses.

September 21, 2011
New Segment Added to Overmountain Victory Trail
The new section will be dedicated on September 29 at Hefner Gap Overlook.

August 16, 2011
FONSI Issued for Progress Energy Carolinas Right-Of-Way Permit
The NPS has determined that the proposed project will not significantly affect the human environment within the project area

May 10, 2011
Parkway Opens Roots of American Music Exhibition
The official ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place on Friday, May 27, 2011, followed by a weekend of musical celebration.

February 19, 2010
New Firearms Regulations
New regulations go into effect on February 22.

April 08, 2009
Parkway Announces Results of Visitor Survey
The Blue Ridge Parkway visitor survey results are now available to the public.

July 02, 2008
Parkway Etiquette Promotes Visitor Safety
Parkway staff reminds visitors of road etiquette that can help reduce accidents.

September 28, 2006
Parkway Seeks Neighbors Help to Control Non-native Plants
Parkway neighbors can assist in exotic species control.

Last updated: July 5, 2016

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