Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center in Asheville

The Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center, near Asheville, North Carolina, provides tourists information, maps, merchandise, and parkway-themed exhibits on the area's beautiful surroundings.

 

Located along the Parkway at milepost 384, the Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center is about a mile south of the US 70 intersection.

The Visitor Center and Park Store are open daily from 9:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. and are closed on all national holidays. The center's gift shop offers postcards, souvenirs, and drinks.

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Travelers can learn about the Parkway's history by talking to a park ranger or exploring the facility's high-tech exhibits. Visitors can take in a virtual 22-foot interactive map called the I-Wall, that captures the entire Parkway.

The center also features "The Blue Ridge Parkway – America's Favorite Journey," an award-winning film shown in a 70-seat theater.

The documentary, produced for the National Park Service, was filmed in high definition.  In addition, filmmakers capture the distinct mountains and farmlands of the Southern Appalachians in all the area’s glory.

The Parkway stretches for almost 500 miles. The film describes the stunning views that stretch up and beyond what the normal eye can see from the road. In addition, the movie goes above to explore the diverse regions with incredible aerial photography. Meanwhile the story depicts the surrounding area's rare culture and history.

If you’d like to take a copy of the film home to rewatch and share with others, a special edition DVD can be purchased in the gift store. Also, this edition has over 60 minutes of bonus material and behind-the-scenes footage.

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The 24-minute movie, with viewings every hour, explores the stunning Parkway's history, culture, and recreational resources.

The Asheville location also has a 1.5 mile, kid-friendly loop trail that follows part of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail on both sides of the Parkway.

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With over a dozen visitor centers spread across the Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor's Center, there are plenty of information stops to take in if you miss one. Also, the center’s restrooms, exhibits and picnic area are wheelchair accessible.

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