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2017 Ranger-led Program Schedule

Developed areas along the Blue Ridge Parkway offer ranger led programs, special events, regional music, and other educational programs that will enhance your family's visit to this national park area.

 

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    • Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
    • Location: Blue Ridge Music Center- MP 213
    • Fees: Free
    Thursday, August 17, 2017

    Everyday from 05/25/2017 to 10/29/2017

    Listen to old-time, mountain music in the breezeway of the visitor center.

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    • Time: 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
    • Location: Meet at Peaks of Otter Lodge entrance
    • Fees: Free
    Thursday, August 17, 2017

    Every Wednesday Weekly & Every Thursday Weekly from 08/03/2017 to 09/14/2017

    Join a ranger for a leisurely walk around Abbott Lake.

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    • Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
    • Location: Johnson Farm
    • Fees: Free
    Thursday, August 17, 2017

    Every Sunday Weekly & Every Monday Weekly & Every Thursday Weekly & Every Friday Weekly & Every Saturday Weekly from 08/03/2017 to 09/18/2017

    Step back in time to life on a 1930’s mountain farm. Drop in anytime for a tour of the house, barn, and gardens.

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    • Time: 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
    • Location: Peaks of Otter Visitor Center
    • Fees: Free
    Thursday, August 17, 2017

    Every Thursday Weekly & Every Saturday Weekly from 08/03/2017 to 09/14/2017

    How did people live before computers? This interactive family program includes a variety of hands-on activities. Join us anytime.

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    • Time: 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM
    • Location: Sharp Top Trailhead
    • Fees: Free
    Thursday, August 17, 2017

    Every Wednesday Weekly & Every Thursday Weekly from 08/03/2017 to 09/14/2017

    Get up close and personal with our collection of animal models, pelts and skulls.

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    • Time: 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
    • Location: Milepost 294
    • Fees: free of charge
    Friday, August 18, 2017

    Every Wednesday Weekly & Every Friday Weekly from 08/11/2017 to 09/15/2017

    Take a self-guided tour of the second floor of Cone Manor. Rangers will be on hand to answer questions.

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    Hike of the Week

    • Time: 10:00 AM
    • Location: Southern end of the parkway
    • Fees: Free
    Friday, August 18, 2017

    Every Friday Weekly from 07/21/2017 to 08/18/2017

    Join Parkway rangers for a hike to explore various areas on the southern end of the parkway. Topics and locations vary each week.

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    • Time: 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM
    • Location: Meet at Peaks of Otter Lodge entrance
    • Fees: Free
    Friday, August 18, 2017

    Join a ranger for a leisurely walk around Abbott Lake.

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    • Time: 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
    • Location: Sharp Top Trailhead
    • Fees: Free
    Friday, August 18, 2017

    Every Sunday Weekly & Every Friday Weekly from 08/04/2017 to 09/17/2017

    Get up close and personal with our collection of animal models, pelts and skulls.

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    • Time: 3:30 PM to 4:30 AM
    • Location: Meet at Peaks of Otter Lodge entrance
    • Fees: Free
    Friday, August 18, 2017

    Every Sunday Weekly & Every Wednesday Weekly & Every Friday Weekly from 08/04/2017 to 09/15/2017

    Stop by anytime to scout for butterflies. Learn more about our local species of butterflies and the plants they frequent.

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    • Time: 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
    • Location: Wilson Creek Valley Overlook - Milepost 302 (2 miles north of Linn Cove Viaduct)
    • Fees: Free
    Saturday, August 19, 2017

    Join a Ranger to talk about bears on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

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    • Location: Blue Ridge Music Center (Milepost 213)
    • Fees: Ticket Prices Vary
    Saturday, August 19, 2017

    Enjoy concerts featuring local, regional, and national touring performers and bands.

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    • Time: 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    • Location: Cone Manor
    • Fees: Free
    Saturday, August 19, 2017

    Every Saturday Weekly from 06/17/2017 to 10/07/2017

    Explore the second floor of Cone Manor with a self-guided tour. Rangers will be on hand to answer questions.

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    • Time: 9:00 AM
    • Location: Bass Lake on the Moses Cone Estate
    • Fees: Free
    Saturday, August 19, 2017

    Join a ranger to learn about the history of the Cone country estate as we walk around Bass Lake.

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    Cone Manor: Upstairs Tours

    • Time: 10:00 AM to 10:45 AM,11:00 AM to 11:45 AM
    • Location: Moses Cone Memorial Park (Milepost 294)
    • Fees: free of charge
    Saturday, August 19, 2017

    Every Saturday Weekly from 06/17/2017 to 10/07/2017

    Ranger led tours of the second floor of the former home of Moses and Bertha Cone. Tour is approximately 45 minutes long and reservations are required.

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    • Time: 10:00 AM to 10:45 AM
    • Location: Abbott Lake Trail
    • Fees: Free
    Saturday, August 19, 2017

    Every Saturday Weekly from 08/05/2017 to 09/16/2017

    Enjoy a view of Abbott Lake while learning about the cultural history of the area.

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    • Time: 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
    • Location: Sharp Top Trailhead
    • Fees: Free
    Saturday, August 19, 2017

    Get up close and personal with our collection of animal models, pelts and skulls.

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    Peaks of Otter: Soft Touch

    • Time: 12:45 PM to 1:30 PM
    • Location: Peaks of Otter Visitor Center Breezeway
    • Fees: Free
    Saturday, August 19, 2017

    Every Sunday Weekly & Every Saturday Weekly from 08/05/2017 to 09/10/2017

    What animal has the softest fur? What makes fur soft? Stop by anytime and touch a variety of pelts.

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    Cone Manor: Upstairs Tours

    • Time: 10:00 AM,11:00 AM,2:00 PM,3:00 PM
    • Location: Cone Manor – Milepost 294
    • Fees: Free
    Sunday, August 20, 2017

    Every Sunday Weekly from 06/18/2017 to 10/01/2017

    Ranger led tours of the second floor of the former home of Moses and Bertha Cone. Tour is approximately 45 minutes long and reservations are required.

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    • Time: 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
    • Location: Humpback Rocks Mountain Farm - Parkway Milepost 6
    • Fees: No tickets required and the concerts are open to the public free of charge. Music paid for through the FRIENDs of the Blue Ridge Parkway
    Sunday, August 20, 2017

    Outdoor Sunday Afternoon Music Concerts at the Humpback Rocks Mountain Farm (Milepost 6)

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    Mabry Mill Sunday Concerts

    • Time: 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
    • Location: Mabry Mill
    • Fees: Free
    Sunday, August 20, 2017

    The Southern Highlands have a rich and varied tradition of old-time string band music, ballad singing and bluegrass. Experience authentic music of the mountains by joining us on Sunday afternoons to enjoy a free concert.

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    • Time: 9:30 AM to 10:15 AM
    • Location: Abbott Lake Trail
    • Fees: Free
    Sunday, August 20, 2017

    Every Sunday Weekly from 08/06/2017 to 09/17/2017

    Enjoy a view of Abbott Lake while learning about the cultural history of the area.

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    • Time: 2:00 PM to 2:30 PM
    • Location: Peaks of Otter Visitor Center Breezeway
    • Fees: Free
    Sunday, August 20, 2017

    Every Sunday Weekly from 08/06/2017 to 09/17/2017

    Join a park ranger for this fun family activity. Learn where to find things in nature along the Elk Loop Trail. Earn free prizes from kidsinparks.com. 

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    Roanoke Mountain Music

    • Time: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
    • Location: Roanoke Mountain Picnic Area, Milepost 120
    • Fees: Free
    Sunday, August 20, 2017

    Old time music concerts on a small stage presented weekly at Roanoke Mountain Picnic area.

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    • Time: 2:15 PM to 4:15 PM
    • Location: Peaks of Otter Visitor Center
    • Fees: Free
    Sunday, August 27, 2017

    Every Sunday Weekly from 08/27/2017 to 09/17/2017

    Learn to play some simple tunes on a lap dulcimer.

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    • Time: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
    • Location: Meet at Peaks of Otter Lodge entrance
    • Fees: Free
    Saturday, September 2, 2017

    Join a ranger for a leisurely walk around Abbott Lake. With over 8,000 years of human presence and famous visitors like Thomas Jefferson, the Peaks of Otter have many stories to tell

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    • Time: 10:45 AM to 12:00 PM
    • Location: Outside Peaks of Otter Visitor Center
    • Fees: Free
    Sunday, September 3, 2017

    Join us for demonstrations of traditional Appalachian handcrafts.

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    Roanoke Mountain Music

    • Time: 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
    • Location: Roanoke Mountain Picnic Area
    • Fees: Free
    Sunday, September 3, 2017

    The Southern Highlands have a rich and varied tradition of old-time string band music, ballad singing and bluegrass. Experience authentic music of the mountains by joining us on Sundays at the Roanoke Mountain Picnic Area to enjoy a free concert.

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    • Location: Museum of North Carolina Minerals (Milepost 331)
    • Fees: Free
    Thursday, September 14, 2017

    Join park rangers and volunteer re-enactors to celebrate the Colonists' Revolutionary War victory.

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Parkway partner groups provide volunteer and financial support to insure high quality, family friendly programs along the Parkway. Special thanks the following organizations for their continued support:

  • Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation
  • Eastern National
  • FRIENDS of the Blue Ridge Parkway


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Asheville, NC 28803

Phone:

(828) 348-3400

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