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Grandfather Mountain Naturalist Weekend

Posted on 01/20/13

Get ready to enjoy an exciting day of adventure and fun in the Blue Ridge Mountains at Grandfather Mountain on May 17-19, 2013.  Grandfather Mountain Naturalist Weekend is three day event filled with guided walks and special programs featuring the diversified nature and life at Grandfather Mountain. Presentaions are from top natural resource professionals in the region which include a wildflower hike, Geology of Grandfather exploration,  a Cultural Walk leading up to the mile high swinging bridge and the Owl Prowl Naturalist-led guide along with many other activities and programs.

All programs and guided walks offered as part of the Naturalist’s Weekend are included in the price of regular admission.

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Assault on Mount Mitchell

Posted on 02/20/10

The annual "Assault on Mount Mitchell", presented by the Freewheelers of Spartanburg Bike Club, will be held this year on Monday, May 24th, 2010.

Bike the Assault on Mt. Mitchell, a very challenging 102-mile bike ride from Spartanburg, SC, to the top of Mt. Mitchell. You will pedal your way up 11,000 vertical feet of hills, ending on top of Mt. Mitchell at an elevation of over 6600 feet. The area's weather can be unpredictable in May with dramatic weather changes so come prepared for any kind of weather.

Music Night at Spencer-Penn Centre

Posted on 02/12/10

Music Night at Spencer-Penn Centre is a bluegrass and gospel music jam session. Located at Martinsville-Henry County, VA near milepost 177 this monthly event is one you won't want to miss. February 12th and March 12th, doors open at 5pm.

Spring Viewshed Planting

Posted on 02/09/10

The Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway will celebrate the Spring Viewshed Planting on Saturday, March 20th on the Blue Ridge Parkway at milepost 104.9 to plant seedlings. The planting will start at 10am. Stay for the music, refreshments and activities.

75th anniversary for the Blue Ridge Parkway

Posted on 02/09/10

The Blue Ridge Parkway celebrates its 75th anniversary this year in 2010! Take part in the many celebrations and special events going on all year along the parkway.

Blue Ridge Parkway 75, Inc. is a study group of 30 people from Virginia and North Carolina that have extensive knowledge of the parkway. They have been established to make celebration plans that involve numerous events with dozens of nearby communities scheduled over a period of nearly a year. They will be hosting several events so make sure to mark your calendar now and plan on joining in the celebration. This is a great opportunity to draw awareness to the Blue Ridge Parkway and focus attention on a sustainable and healthy Parkway for future generations.