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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
    Tuesday, September 19, 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 12:00 PM
    • Location: Milepost 294
    • Fees: free of charge
    Wednesday, September 20, 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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    • Time: 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM
    • Location: Meet at Peaks of Otter Lodge entrance
    • Fees: Free
    Wednesday, September 20, 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, September 21, 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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    Hike of the Week

    • Time: 10:00 AM
    • Location: Southern end of the parkway
    • Fees: Free
    Friday, September 22, 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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    Humpback Rocks Farm: FarmFest!

    • Location: Humpback Rocks Farm
    • Fees: Free
    Friday, September 22, 2017

    Come join us for a day on the farm! We'll have hands on activities, guided talks, and the spectacular sights offered by the Blue Ridge Parkway. 

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    • Time: 1:15 PM to 2:00 PM
    • Location: Humpback Rocks Farm
    • Fees: Free
    Friday, September 22, 2017

    Join us for some old fashioned fun! Test your strength and teamwork skills in a rowdy game of tug of war, or tease your brain with one of our many mind puzzles.

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    • Time: 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
    • Location: Sharp Top Trailhead
    • Fees: Free
    Friday, September 22, 2017

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

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    • Location: Harveys Knob, Milepost 95.3
    • Fees: Free
    Friday, September 22, 2017

    Meet with a ranger to learn about the annual fall migration of raptors and monarch butterflies as they pass through Harveys Knob.

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    • Time: 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    • Location: Cone Manor
    • Fees: Free
    Saturday, September 23, 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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    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, September 23, 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: 10:15 AM to 11:00 AM,1:15 PM to 2:00 PM,2:30 PM to 3:15 PM
    • Location: James River Visitor Center
    • Fees: Free
    Saturday, September 23, 2017

    Join us for a series of brief presentations about George Washington's canal.

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    • Time: 7:00 PM to 7:45 PM
    • Location: Linville Falls Campground Amphitheater at Milepost 316
    • Fees: Free
    Saturday, September 23, 2017

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

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    • Time: 10:00 AM to 10:45 AM
    • Location: Abbott Lake Trail
    • Fees: Free
    Saturday, September 23, 2017

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

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    • Time: 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
    • Location: Peaks of Otter Visitor Center
    • Fees: Free
    Saturday, September 23, 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: 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
    • Location: Sharp Top Trailhead
    • Fees: Free
    Saturday, September 23, 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: 3:15 PM to 4:00 PM
    • Location: Peaks of Otter Visitor Center Breezeway
    • Fees: Free
    Saturday, September 23, 2017

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

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    • Time: 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
    • Location: Price Park Picnic Area, Milepost 296
    • Fees: Free
    Saturday, September 23, 2017

    Join a Ranger for a table program featuring the black bear, bobcat and deer. Come take a photo with a taxidermy bear.

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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, September 24, 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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    Mabry Mill Sunday Concerts

    • Time: 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
    • Location: Mabry Mill
    • Fees: Free
    Sunday, September 24, 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, September 24, 2017

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

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    • Time: 2:15 PM to 4:15 PM
    • Location: Peaks of Otter Visitor Center
    • Fees: Free
    Sunday, September 24, 2017

    Learn to play some simple tunes on a lap dulcimer.

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    • Time: 10:45 AM to 12:00 PM
    • Location: Outside Peaks of Otter Visitor Center
    • Fees: Free
    Sunday, September 24, 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 24, 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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    • Time: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
    • Location: Humpback Rocks Farm
    • Fees: Free
    Friday, September 29, 2017

    Join us for music, storytelling, and Appalachian art.

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    • Time: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
    • Location: Meet at Peaks of Otter Lodge entrance
    • Fees: Free
    Saturday, September 30, 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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    • Location: Peaks of Otter Visitor Center Breezeway, Milepost 86
    • Fees: Free
    Saturday, September 30, 2017

    Explore the influence of art has had on our National Parks, including design elements of the Blue Ridge Parkway.

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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, October 1, 2017

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

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    • Location: Blue Ridge Music Center (Milepost 213)
    • Fees: Ticket Prices Vary
    Saturday, October 7, 2017

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

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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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