As winter weather approaches associated with a strong front coming into our area, high elevation portions of the Parkway are closing across much of the Parkway. Please check the real-time road map for closures in your area through the link in our bio.
Road maintenance reminder: Several sections of the Parkway are scheduled to be closed this week to allow for hazard tree removal and boom-axe operations. Work on these sections will occur during business hours Monday- Friday. Please check the park website for the closure areas for this week and throughout the winter through the link in our bio.
Whatever season you prefer, you can't beat a beautiful parkway vista! With many traditional outdoor activities taking a pause during cold weather, take a quick trip to your nearest accessible overlook and enjoy the scenery...then hop back into your car to warm up! Find out more about winter activities on the parkway via the link in the bio. NPS photo of Table Rock Mountain with rolling mountains in the foreground at Chestoa View Overlook (milepost 320 ). #winter #views #findyourpark
“How did the snowman get to work? ByICICLE!” - Unfortunately, none of us are snowmen so our rides have to be ice free! As we approach harsher winter weather conditions, be mindful of Parkway road closures due to ice. Icicles are beautiful, but ice on the road is not. Enjoy these incredible views, but always be mindful of weather conditions. What is your favorite part of winter? - NPS photo of icicles next to the motor road near milepost 327.
"..but I have 4-wheel drive!" Every time we make the call to close the parkway due to winter weather, there is at least one dissenting comment like the one above. Believe us, we know its frustrating to lose vehicular access to some of your favorite places during the winter months, but understand we do not make these decisions lightly. Park law enforcement and maintenance work for hours ahead of storms closing roads to secure our popular high elevation areas BEFORE winter weather arrives to keep people safe. Let’s face it, not EVERYONE is prepared with the proper equipment or skills to drive in winter weather conditions, and roads go from bad to worse really quickly on the parkway due to elevation, aspect and grade. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding during this time of year. Remember, the parkway often remains open to pedestrian use during winter weather closures even when it is closed to vehicles so bring on the ice skates! Photo of ice near Waterrock Knob around 10:30 am, Tuesday December 3, 2019.
Partnerships have played a major role in advancing the National Park Service since its establishment. Here at the Blue Ridge Parkway, partners are crucial in helping restore historic structures, maintaining trails, supporting education programs, mobilizing volunteers, just to name a few examples. We are very thankful for our partners and their commitment to our mission! Learn more about the Parkway's partners and how you can help by clicking the link in our bio. #givingtuesday #TheGiftofParks #partnerships #FindYourPark
One of the few woody plants to bloom in the late fall, Witch Hazel's showy yellow blossoms can be a sight for sore eyes for the wildflower lover. Commonly used by those with "the gift", Y-shaped Witch Hazel limbs were said to bend towards the ground when the holder passed over underground water sources. Today, these plants are protected on the parkway and therefore no part of the plant is permitted to be harvested. Photo of Witch Hazel bloom by Brian Wells.
Misty mornings sure are a treat. There is not much more peaceful than a quiet morning drive on the Parkway to get your weekend started right. Where will you visit this weekend? Photo of mist rising through the trees near Milepost 29 in Virginia by Ranger Peter.
The day after Thanksgiving means food coma...or Black Friday. Why not change the tradition and, instead of waiting in lines this Black Friday, enjoy the day outside with your friends or family. Continue the holiday celebration by soaking in some fresh air and beautiful views. - NPS photo of two people looking at mountains on elevated platform with trees in the foreground at Roy Taylor Overlook (milepost 433.3 ). #FindYourPark #optoutside
"If you are really thankful, what do you do? You share." - W. Clement Stone We are forever thankful to share these lands together, to preserve and protect them for the enjoyment of future generations. Image Description: light is cast from the setting sun, glittering against the horizon. Photo from Waterrock Knob by Kristina Plaas, © All Rights Reserved 2019.
The low light of late fall and winter afternoons sure brings out the blue in Blue Ridge. This is a great time of year to enjoy blue mountains and sunsets before dinner! So get out there and enjoy. Photo of blue mountain ridges and cloudy sky from Cowee Mountains Overlook (milepost 430.7 ). #mountains #findyourpark #explore
"That looks good. Can I have some?" - With Thanksgiving right around the corner, we can't help but reflect on the great tradition of sharing a meal with family and friends. Whether having a picnic at your favorite national park, or sitting around the Thanksgiving table, it's always good to gather and be thankful. As a reminder, check the website for parkway facility operating dates and times through the link in our bio. - NPS photo from 1958 of a park ranger speaking with a family picnicking at Crabtree Meadows Picnic Area (milepost 339.5 ).
An enjoyable experience on the Blue Ridge Parkway is a safe experience. Your safety matters to us. Check out our story today to learn more about the most common road hazards on the Parkway and how to avoid them. Photo of parkway winding under a stone bridge by Joshua T. Moore ©️2019 All Rights Reserved. #safety #findyourpark
"How beautiful the leaves grow old. How full of light and color are their last days." -John Burroughs • Even as winter-like conditions quickly approach, fall is still showing off. • Remember as we approach colder conditions, to be extra cautious when on the road. Always check road conditions before driving on the Parkway. Weather can be unpredictable, so be aware of changing conditions. • Enjoy the view. Watch the road. • Photo by Brian Wells of remaining fall leaves on a mountainside from milepost 99.7.
It's National Take a Hike Day! - Thinking of taking a hike? With dozens of access points in both the low and high elevations, the Mountains-to-Sea Trail offers wonderful options for variable distances and difficulties. Learn more about hiking through the link in the bio. - While you're there be sure to check the real-time road map to make sure you can access the trailhead you are considering! - Photo of footpath winding into a forest of twisted trees by Volunteer Photographer, Joshua T. Moore © 2019. All Rights Reserved.
We hope you enjoy these photos from our early November Vista Restoration project in Virginia. - This specialized work is done by a crew of National Park Service arborists that come from other park units as well to help restore the Parkway's historically designed vistas. - A big thank you also goes to FRIENDS of the Blue Ridge Parkway and Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation who help fund projects to restore vistas along the entire length of the 469-mile long parkway. - Photo descriptions: Before and after photos of vistas obscured by trees and re-opened vistas from Boston Knob Overlook (milepost 38.8, photo 1 ) and Ravens Roost Overlook (milepost 10.7, photos 2 and 3 ). #blueridgeparkway #overlooks #FindYourPark
Raise your hand if you've ever laid down on the ground to get the perfect Parkway photo? Sometimes a squirrels-eye view is just the ticket for seeing things in a new way. - What's the silliest thing you've ever done to get a perfect picture? - Photo of fall leaves in front of a Parkway tunnel by Volunteer Photographer Kristina Plaas.
There is a certain kind of stark beauty that can only be attained by trees in winter. A good reminder to us all that dormancy is a part of life. Photo of winter tree on the Craggy Pinnacle Trail by volunteer photographer Joshua T. Moore, © 2019 All Rights Reserved. #winter #findyourpark #rest
Parkway officials are in the process of closing from Ox Creek Rd to the Folk Art Center in the Asheville area this morning due to pending freezing conditions and debris in the road. Please check the real-time road map for closures in your area before attempting travel on the Parkway through the link in the bio.
"Some mountains are worth melting for." - Ranger Olaf Some views on the parkway sure are special, but no view is worth risking your safety for. With colder weather approaching, it is not uncommon for the parkway to close due to snow and ice, especially in the high elevations. Even when the days in town are sunny, be sure to check Parkway road conditions using the Real Time Road map through the link in the bio. Photo of icy trees at Craggy Pinnacle (MP 364 ) by Robert Stephens, © All Rights Reserved. #ice #frozen #winteriscoming
The close of leaf season means it’s time for visitor facilities to close for the season. Note that some parkway visitor centers do remain open year-round. - Planning a trip on the Parkway? Know which facilities are open and their hours of operation before you arrive. Visit the link in the bio for more information. - Photo description: NPS photo of remaining leaves on a branch with rolling mountains in the background; from the Roy Taylor Forest Overlook (Milepost 433.3 ).
Parkway-goers, remember to set your clocks back an hour tonight for daylight saving time. - Photo description: Sunset from House Mountain Overlook (Milepost 47 ) with a silhouette of tree branches surrounded by shades of blue, orange, and pink; by ranger Peter.