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March 14, 2017
Blue Ridge Parkway Welcomes Over 15 Million Visitors in 2016
From the National Park Service Centennial to the Pokemon Go craze, visitors were motivated to get out and find their park in 2016.

December 09, 2016
Parkway Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Untreated Firewood Ban
Blue Ridge Parkway officials are seeking public comment regarding a proposed policy to allow only heat-treated firewood that is bundled and bearing a seal from USDA, or a state agency, for use in Parkway camping and picnic areas.

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.

November 09, 2016
Blue Ridge Parkway Issues Burn Ban
Effective November 9, 2016, the following fire restrictions are in place for the Blue Ridge Parkway until further notice: Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, or stove fire is not allowed.

September 02, 2016
Rock Castle Gorge Trail Reopening
Rock Castle Gorge Trail has reopened after nearly a year following extensive damage caused by a flood in fall of 2015.

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.

April 23, 2015
Centennial Challenge Funding
The Blue Ridge Parkway is pleased to announce that $710,035 will be directed to addressing critical repairs along the 469-mile corridor.


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199 Hemphill Knob Rd
Asheville, NC 28803


(828) 348-3400
This number is the main park headquarters line. A recorded park information line at (828)298-0398 has the most updated information on facilities schedules, bloom and leaf information.

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