Much of the Parkway runs through remote areas of the Blue Ridge Mountains that have little light pollution. This translates to great opportunities for viewing the night sky. The best time for doing so is during a new moon, when the moon's light does not drown out other stars' light. Do you have a favorite place for viewing the night sky? Photo of the Milky Way as seen from the Rocky Knob area (Milepost 167 ) by Brennan Vaught. #FindYourPark #nightsky
You're not the only one that can be moody on Mondays. Seriously though, clouds and fog bring depth and interest to photos, so embrace cloudy days and get out on the Parkway! Photo of clouds and mist hanging over the Burnett Reservoir seen from Craggy Gardens Visitor Center area (near milepost 364 ) by Harold Blackwood. #mondaymotivation
All sorts of creatures from flying squirrels to coyotes make their homes in or visit the Blue Ridge Parkway. Thanks to funding by the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation and the work of some wonderful volunteer "citizen scientists" and staff we are learning more about the habits of the Parkway's wildlife by using wildlife cameras. Photo of Eastern coyote laying in the woods taken by wildlife camera as part of the Wildlife Camera Project this season. #wildlife
One of the most iconic peaks visible from the southern Parkway, Looking Glass Rock located in the neighboring Pisgah National Forest is a beautiful sight and wonderful day hike. Access the trail to the summit off of FR 475 off US Hwy 276, about 10 miles north of Brevard, NC. Photo of Looking Glass Rock from the Parkway near milepost 417.
There is nothing quite so peaceful as a morning watching the mist roll over the mountain tops like waves on the ocean. Photo of clouds rolling over the mountain peaks from the Great Valley to the west into Montvale Valley to the east near milepost 98.5 by Brian Wells. #visitvbr #loveva
#PictureYourselfInAPark : We all see ourselves in different roles when we come to parks. Some are photographers, hikers, learners, and much more. For the month of August, share your photos of how you *safely* recreate at Blue Ridge Parkway. NPS photo of a family taking in the view from the Craggy Gardens Visitor Center (Milepost 364 ). #pictureyourselfinapark #findyourpark
With 25 miles of carriage trails to choose from, the Moses Cone Memorial Park near milepost 294 on the Parkway is more than just an interesting historical site. Enjoy a ramble near a lake, through a field or to a hilltop and see the estate in a whole new way. Learn more about the trails on the Moses Cone Estate on the park website through the link in the bio. Photo from the Rich Mountain Carriage Road by Harold Blackwood. #trails #hiking #getoutside
Home to the highest visitor center on the Blue Ridge Parkway at 5,820 feet, Waterrock Knob (Milepost 451.2 ) is a site to see. Known for its beautiful long-range views of several major mountain chains in the Appalachians, Waterrock Knob is uniquely suited for viewing sunrises and sunsets. Check out the visitor center to learn more about the rugged terrain found here and the history of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians in the area. Photo of the Parkway winding through the mountain terrain from Waterrock Knob by Joshua T. Moore © 2019, All Rights Reserved.
Today is World Ranger Day! National Park Service rangers serve in a variety of roles to preserve and protect some of the nation's most special natural, cultural, and historic resources. Rangers, thank you for all that you do! To learn more about the types of careers with the NPS, visit the link in our bio. #worldrangerday
Adventure awaits at the next trailhead! Photo of morning fog rolling through the trees at the Appalachian Trial access at Taylor's Mountain Overlook (Milepost 97 ) by Brian Wells. #hiking
Filmy Angelica (Angelica triquinata ) is blooming in areas of the parkway, making for some very "happy" pollinators. Insects feeding on the nectar from Angelica flowers can become intoxicated- flying aimlessly, running into objects, or buzzing on the ground unable to get airborne. Have you seen this before? Note: Angelica is poisonous to humans. NPS photo of a bee visiting a Filmy Angelica bloom in the higher elevations of the parkway. #fridayfeeling #findyourpark #pollinators
Spring wildflowers draw a lot of attention on the Parkway, but there is something magical about summer's blooms as well. In higher elevations, summer wildflowers of many varieties grow in vast fields, dotting the understory with color. Photo of single, yellow green-headed cone flower at Craggy Gardens Picnic Area. #wildflower #summer #findyourpark
Humans have long used ingenuity to develop efficient modes of transportation to move around our world. Each generation builds on the knowledge of the previous, adapting technology that has even carried us to the moon! Check out the James River Visitor Center at milepost 63 or attend this week's James River Transportation Festival to find evidence of current forms of transportation and imagine what might come next… Learn more about the James River Transportation Festival on the Park website through the link in our bio. #findyourpark #roadtrip #visitva
#TuesdayTip : when planning to photograph a Parkway sunrise, be sure to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to sunrise to catch all of the light as it begins to peek out from behind the mountains. Photo of sunrise from Pine Tree Overlook (milepost 95.2 ) in Virginia by volunteer photographer Brian Wells. #sunrise #photography
To catch the reflection of Grandfather Mountain in Price Lake in a photo, conditions have to be just right. Catching a calm, clear morning at a high elevation lake in summer can be a challenge, but the view if worth it! Photo of Grandfather Mountain reflected in Price like at milepost 297 by volunteer photographer Joshua T. Moore © 2019, All Rights Reserved. #findyourpark #reflection
July 18th is World Listening Day! The natural sounds in parks awaken a sense of wonder that connects us to the qualities that define these special places. Take a moment to listen today. You won't bee-lieve what you'll discover! NPS photo of a bee perched on a woodland sunflower with the Arnold Valley in the background (Milepost 76 ). #worldlisteningday #flowers #beehappy
It's Transportation Tuesday! Mark your calendars! The James River Transportation Festival is right around the corner on Saturday, July 27th from 10 AM to 4 PM. This free event explores the history of the James River Gorge as a major transportation vein. Come check out a replica batteau, antique automobiles, and the old canal lock system. For more information on this event visit the park’s website through the link in the bio. NPS photo of the the replica batteau “Slate River” (pre-canal river transportation ) with the James River Bridge (Milepost 63 ) in the background.
"Keep close to nature's heart... and break clear away, once in a while, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean." - John Muir Photo of a yellow birch tree with vegetation surrounding near the Craggy Gardens Picnic Area (milepost 367 ) by Ranger Julie.
Did you know that there are over 50 cemeteries found on Blue Ridge Parkway lands? These cemeteries shed light on the varied stories of those who settled and lived in the Appalachian mountains. To learn more about cemeteries on the Parkway visit: https://www.nps.gov/blri/learn/historyculture/cemeteries.htm Photo of the fence line at Boblett Cemetery (Milepost 93.1 ) with Sharp Top mountain in the background by Brian Wells. #FindYourPark #blueridgeparkway
For decades our dedicated maintenance staff have worked diligently to create positive visitor experiences by maintaining Parkway facilities. Mowing the roadside, one of their many responsibilities, takes place throughout the season. Please watch for mowing safety signs as you drive, and please reduce your speed in these areas for your safety and the safety of our dedicated employees. NPS photo of a maintenance worker on a tractor mowing the roadside, circa 1950. #throwbackthursday
"Hey, you looking at me?" It's Wildlife Wednesday! Did you know that the Blue Ridge Parkway has 50 species of mammals, 150 types of birds, and 40 species of both amphibians and reptiles? The Parkway is a great place for viewing wildlife, but if you are this close, you are TOO CLOSE. Give yourself and the animal at least fifty yards of space. Remember that these are wild animals and can become defensive if threatened. Feeding wildlife is prohibited by federal law. Bring a camera and a pair of binoculars instead to admire the Parkway's amazing wildlife. Close-up photo of a white-tailed deer taken via Parkway wildlife monitoring trail cameras that biologists use to monitor wildlife habits park-wide. #wildlife #wildlifewednesday
Doughton Park's big pollinator buffet is announcing its grand opening! Come one, come all....pollinators and photographers to enjoy the beauty that these wonderful summer wildflowers provide. Occurring annually in mid summer, the variety of blooms found in the fields around Doughton Park area (Milepost 241 ) provides an awesome opportunity to view diverse pollinators and wildflowers all in the same, easily accessible area. Just be sure to leave no trace, and take only photos. #pollinators #wildflowers
Apple Orchard Falls, just off the Blue Ridge Parkway in Jefferson National Forest, is a stunning waterfall hike. Access the falls via the parking area at the Sunset Field Overlook (milepost 78.4 ). At 1.2 miles each way, the trail is steep in parts and offers a challenge for hikers, but the effort is rewarded with spectacular views! Photo of water cascading over rocks near Apple Orchard Falls with lush vegetation surrounding by Brian Wells. #loveva #findyourpark #hiking
Independence Day may be over, but check out these natural fireworks! Photo of a sunset over layers of mountains from Waterrock Knob (milepost 451 ) by Chase Walter. #sunset
National Parks are part of the American tradition, a tradition worth sharing with our kids. In honor of Independence Day please read this message from a recent visitor about their experience sharing Blue Ridge Parkway with their children. "Some rangers are just so wonderful at including kids, and our experience at Craggy Gardens Visitor Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway was a wonderful one. Kalvin got sworn in as a junior ranger and afterward the park ranger asked our military loving boy if he would like to fold the flag with her. Kalvin was so excited and afterward he said he teared up a little during the experience. He has always had a love of the military and a high regard for the flag, so I know he loved this opportunity. It was so fun to watch him!" -The McCullough Family. @mccampers #Happy4th #IndependenceDay #FindYourPark
Everyone knows that Parkway overlooks are popular places to take in a sunset, but sometimes the prettiest views come from more unlikely places. Where is your favorite place to view sunset on the Parkway? Photo of orange light painting the sky above Price Lake at sunset by Harold Blackwood. #sunset #lake #findyourpark