North Carolina Legislature Retains Specialty Plates For Blue Ridge Parkway, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Appalachian Trail

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The North Carolina Legislature passed a law that now authorizes the use of full-color specialty license plates. This money is used to support several national parks in the state.

Slope Failure Closes 20-Mile Section Of Blue Ridge Parkway Indefinitely, Detours Suggested

Blue Ridge Parkway officials have come up with a series of detours to help visitors get around a 20-mile stretch of the scenic parkway that will be closed indefinitely due to a slope failure that has left cracks in the roadway.

Stretch Of Blue Ridge Parkway Closed Indefinitely Due To Road Cracks

Structural engineers have been called in to assess a 21-mile section of the Blue Ridge Parkway that was closed down the other day due to the appearance of cracks in the pavement.

21-Mile Stretch Of Blue Ridge Parkway Closed Due To Structural Concerns

A crack in the Blue Ridge Parkway has led officials to close a 21-mile stretch of the scenic parkway until they can more closely assess the stability of the road.

Reader Participation Day: Where's The Best View From A Dining Room In A National Park?

There are restaurants in and near national parks that serve up some mighty fine food, but not all of them offer an outstanding view to go with your meal. What are your choices for the restaurant with the best view in or near a national park?

Help The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation Repair Mabry Mill's Waterwheel

Historic preservation can be a costly, and regular, routine. That's why the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation needs your help to repair the waterwheel of the historic Mabry Mill at Milepost 176 along the parkway.

Essential Friends + Gateways: High Tech Means High Touch With National Parks

As people become more and more wedded to mobile devices, the National Park System is trying to keep up—and so are its friends. To engage visitors and potential supporters, national park friends groups and foundations are enticing the public with high technology. Here are some savvy ways that’s happening.

Check This Schedule For Music Along The Blue Ridge Parkway

Just as the Blue Ridge Parkway winds 469 miles down the spine of the Blue Ridge Mountains through Virginia and North Carolina, so too does an Appalachian tradition of mountain music run deep in the history and culture of the people whose ancestors settled the region and gave it its special character.

Peaks Of Otter Lodge On Blue Ridge Parkway Set To Open In Mid-July

The Blue Ridge Parkway’s Peaks of Otter Lodge is scheduled to open July 15 under new concessionaire, Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts. Reservations are currently being taken for the upcoming season that will run through December 16.

Reader Participation Day: Which Flowers Mean "Spring Is Here" In The National Parks?

The spring and early summer blooming season is well underway in much of the country, and for many people that brings to mind some specific varieties of wildflowers or blooming trees or shrubs that they associate with a particular National Park Service area. Do you have any favorite "park flowers"?