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Blue Ridge Parkway

National Parks Are Managed In Very Inconsistent Ways...Or Are They?

Running more than 160 pages, the National Park Service Management Policies provides park managers with quick reference to how they are to manage their units, what uses are appropriate, and how to usher visitors out of the park when Congress fails to fund the National Park Service. But the Management Policies, which last were updated in 2006, also leave much to interpretation and exception.

Runner Chronicling 469-Mile ‘Relay’ To Raise Awareness For Blue Ridge Parkway

Ray Russell is in the middle of the monthlong Relay With Ray, a run that will “explore and celebrate every twist, turn, nook, and cranny of the Blue Ridge Parkway” – all 469 miles of it – and raise awareness for the scenic parkway that offers stunning views of the Appalachian highlands.

Stay In Touch With The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation

All those who love the Blue Ridge Parkway, which runs 469 miles from Shenandoah National Park in Virginia to Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina, should stay in touch with the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation. This dynamic nonprofit organization works to fill in the gaps that the National Park Service lacks the money to close along the scenic road.

Study: National Parks Contributed $32 Billion To National Economy In '15

If there are any billion-dollar babies in the National Park System, they would be the Blue Ridge Parkway and Great Smoky Mountains National Park, both of which contributed more than $1 billion in tourism benefits to the communities surrounding their borders, according to a 2015 analysis of the National Park System's value to the national economy.

Is NPS Getting Ready To Toss Bluffs Lodge On The Scrap Heap?

Of all the national park units we have visited, none provide a more pleasant experience than driving the 469 miles of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Vistas through North Carolina and Virginia aren’t as spectacular as those along Rocky Mountain’s Trail Ridge Road, Glacier’s Going-to-the-Sun Road, or Yosemite’s Tioga Road. However, for a pleasant drive that lasts several days rather than several hours, the Blue Ridge Parkway is without peer.

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