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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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  • Blue Ridge Parkway

    Cone Manor: Upstairs Tours

    • Time: 10:00 AM to 10:45 AM,11:00 AM to 11:45 AM,2:00 PM to 2:45 PM,3:00 PM to 3:45 PM
    • Location: Moses Cone Memorial Park (Milepost 294)
    • Fees: free of charge
    Sunday, August 12, 2018

    Every Sunday Weekly from 06/03/2018 to 08/26/2018

    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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    Mabry Mill Sunday Concerts

    • Time: 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
    • Location: Mabry Mill
    • Fees: Free
    Sunday, August 12, 2018

    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: 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
    • Location: Peaks of Otter Visitor Center
    • Fees: Free
    Sunday, August 12, 2018

    Every Sunday Weekly from 08/05/2018 to 08/26/2018

    Learn about the furred, feathered, scaled, and other animal residents at the Peaks of Otter through hands-on interaction with our collection of pelts, skulls, and models. Discover how these mountains support their rich diversity.

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    • Time: 2:00 PM to 2:45 PM
    • Location: Meet at the Lodge Entrance
    • Fees: Free
    Sunday, August 12, 2018

    Every Sunday Weekly from 08/05/2018 to 08/26/2018

    Join a ranger to learn about the history of the Peaks of Otter as a vacation destination and a place that many called home.

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    • Time: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
    • Location: Meet at Lodge Entrance
    • Fees: Free
    Sunday, August 12, 2018

    Every Sunday Weekly from 08/05/2018 to 08/26/2018

    Snakes, rats, possums, skunks, and other critters want to survive and thrive – just like you! Learn about the “creepy” animals of the Blue Ridge Parkway and the important roles they play in the ecosystem and for us.

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    Roanoke Mountain Music

    • Time: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
    • Location: Roanoke Mountain Picnic Area
    • Fees: Free
    Sunday, August 12, 2018

    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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    Peaks of Otter: Be the Bear

    • Time: 10:30 AM to 12:15 PM
    • Location: Peaks of Otter Visitor Center
    • Fees: Free
    Monday, August 13, 2018

    Every Monday Weekly from 08/06/2018 to 08/27/2018

    Live the life of a bear and learn about his favorite foods. Can you forage successfully and survive the winter?

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    • Time: 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
    • Location: Peaks of Otter Visitor Center
    • Fees: Free
    Monday, August 13, 2018

    Every Monday Weekly & Every Tuesday Weekly from 08/06/2018 to 08/28/2018

    Learn about the furred, feathered, scaled, and other animal residents at the Peaks of Otter through hands-on interaction with our collection of pelts, skulls, and models. Discover how these mountains support their rich diversity.

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    Cone Manor: Open House

    • Time: 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
    • Location: Milepost 294
    • Fees: free of charge
    Wednesday, August 15, 2018

    Every Wednesday Weekly & Every Friday Weekly & Every Saturday Weekly from 06/02/2018 to 08/31/2018

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

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    • Time: 2:15 PM to 4:30 PM
    • Location: Peaks of Otter Visitor Center
    • Fees: Free
    Wednesday, August 15, 2018

    Every Wednesday Weekly & Every Thursday Weekly from 08/01/2018 to 08/30/2018

    Learn about the furred, feathered, scaled, and other animal residents at the Peaks of Otter through hands-on interaction with our collection of pelts, skulls, and models. Discover how these mountains support their rich diversity.

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    • Time: 10:45 AM to 12:00 PM
    • Location: Peaks of Otter Visitor Center
    • Fees: Free
    Wednesday, August 15, 2018

    Every Wednesday Weekly & Every Thursday Weekly & Every Saturday Weekly from 08/01/2018 to 08/30/2018

    Learn about the furred, feathered, scaled, and other animal residents at the Peaks of Otter through hands-on interaction with our collection of pelts, skulls, and models.

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    • Time: 9:45 AM to 10:30 AM
    • Location: Lodge Entrance
    • Fees: Free
    Wednesday, August 15, 2018

    Every Wednesday Weekly & Every Thursday Weekly & Every Saturday Weekly from 08/01/2018 to 08/30/2018

    Join a ranger to learn about the history of the Peaks of Otter as a vacation destination and a place that many called home.

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    Hike of the Week

    • Time: 10:00 AM
    • Location: Southern end of the parkway
    • Fees: Free
    Friday, August 17, 2018

    Every Friday Weekly from 08/10/2018 to 08/24/2018

    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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    Peaks of Otter: Dark Senses

    • Time: 8:15 PM to 9:15 PM
    • Location: Meet at Lodge Entrance
    • Fees: Free
    Friday, August 17, 2018

    Every Friday Weekly from 08/03/2018 to 08/31/2018

    We process much of our surroundings through our eyes, but how do perceive the world when the lights go out? Join this sunset walk around Abbott Lake to learn how nocturnal animals use their dark senses. 

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    • Time: 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
    • Location: Meet at Sharp Top Bus Shelter
    • Fees: Free
    Friday, August 17, 2018

    Every Friday Weekly from 08/03/2018 to 08/31/2018

    Ride the Sharp Top Bus up to 3,875 feet in elevation while learning more about the natural features and human history of our mountain. Note: Must purchase bus ticket at Country Store.  

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    • Time: 2:30 PM to 5:00 PM
    • Location: Meet at the Lodge Entrance
    • Fees: Free
    Friday, August 17, 2018

    Every Friday Weekly from 08/03/2018 to 08/31/2018

    Snakes, rats, possums, skunks, and other critters want to survive and thrive – just like you! Learn about the “creepy” animals of the Blue Ridge Parkway and the important roles they play in the ecosystem and for us.

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    • Location: Blue Ridge Music Center (Milepost 213)
    • Fees: Ticket Prices Vary
    Saturday, August 18, 2018

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

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    Cone Manor: Open House

    • Time: 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM
    • Location: Cone Manor
    • Fees: Free
    Saturday, August 18, 2018

    Every Saturday Weekly from 06/02/2018 to 08/25/2018

    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: 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
    • Location: Linn Cove Visitor Center, Milepost 304
    • Fees: Free
    Saturday, August 18, 2018

    Stop by the ranger table to learn about this clever and versatile American member of the canine family. 

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    • Time: 7:00 PM to 7:45 PM
    • Location: Linville Falls Campground Amphitheater at Milepost 316
    • Fees: Free
    Saturday, August 18, 2018

    Join us an evening for a ranger-led program to learn about the rich natural and cultural history of the region. Topics vary weekly.

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    Peaks of Otter: Be the Bear

    • Time: 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
    • Location: Peaks of Otter Visitor Center
    • Fees: Free
    Saturday, August 18, 2018

    Every Saturday Weekly from 08/04/2018 to 08/25/2018

    Live the life of a bear and learn about his favorite foods.  Can you forage successfully and survive the winter?

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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 19, 2018

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

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    Roanoke Mountain Music

    • Time: 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
    • Location: Roanoke Mountain Picnic Area, Milepost 120
    • Fees: Free
    Sunday, September 2, 2018

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

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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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Mailing Address:

199 Hemphill Knob Rd
Asheville, NC 28803

Phone:

(828) 348-3400

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