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Heads up Parkway travelers and commuters, the Parkway is mostly closed from end to end this morning due to current winter weather and pending storm conditions. Check the real-time roadmap for updates.
This time of year as spring buds rise from the earth, ready to greet the world, we are reminded of all the possibilities that a new season can bring. Revel in those #newbeginnings . Spring is upon us! #spring #springequinox Photo by Harold Blackwood.
Just a reminder today that sunny skies do not necessarily equal a clear Parkway. As day time temps warm, large swaths of icicles give way and crash onto the Parkway below. This often slows opening times in the higher elevations. Check the road map before heading out! Photo taken near Mount Mitchell on Saturday afternoon. #ice #winter #spring
"It is better to have your head in the clouds, and know where you are...than to breathe the clearer atmosphere below them, and think that you are in paradise." - Henry David Thoreau Clouds hanging in the Wilson Creek Valley near Blowing Rock, NC by Jim Ruff, © 2018 All Rights Reserved. #clouds #fog #blue #green
Looking towards the weekend after this snowy, sunny, warm, rainy and everything in between week here on the Parkway. What are your plans? Photo of Snow Day at Moses Cone Manor by Jim Ruff, MP 294 © 2018 All Rights Reserved. #winter #stormwindow #window #architecture
Parkway road crews are out at Craggy Gardens area trying to get the roads cleared before the weekend! They are hopeful that this area may be accessible for the warm weekend ahead. Be sure to check the real time road map for up to date info. Link In the bio. #snow #winter
More snow means more opportunities to go exploring #behindthegates before this winter is over! Remember... when the Parkway is closed to vehicles due to winter weather it is open for pedestrians to enjoy winter recreation. Check the real-time roadmap to see closures near you. Link in the bio. #snow #snowday #winter
Hope this Parkway sunset helps you start the weekend off on the right foot! Sunset colors on Grandmother Mountain captured by Jim Ruff, from MP 302.8 © 2018 All Rights Reserved. #sunset #mountains #friyay #weekend
Truly a shining example of the celebration of International Women's Day is Orlean Puckett. Ms. Puckett, a legendary midwife of Carroll County ,VA became a midwife at the age of 50. Over her time delivering babies, Ms. Puckett saw to the safe birth of over 1,000 babies before her death in 1939. Her perseverance and dedication to her community and its women and children is surely something to celebrate today and every day. #internationalwomensday #trailblazingwomen #womenshistorymonth #herstory To learn more about Orlean Puckett click the link in the bio. NPS Photo.
Parkway engineers enjoyed a beautiful, snow covered Linn Cove Viaduct today as they prepared for the closure of this iconic Parkway landmark for its scheduled “face lift”. Learn more about the project at the link in the bio. #snow #road #engineering #behindthegates
With over 25 miles of gently sloping carriage roads and trails, the Moses Cone Memorial Park(MP 294) has a plethora of beautiful experiences to explore. Why not take a walk next time you are in the area? Beautiful photo from the Flat Top Trail by Jim Ruff © 2018 All Rights Reserved. #hike #getoutside #findyourpark
Blue Ridge Parkway Press Release In the early morning hours of Saturday, March 3, 2018, Blue Ridge Parkway dispatch operators were notified by Jackson County Emergency officials, that they had discovered a deceased male in the area near Waterrock Knob. Ralph Brady, 55, of Bryson City, North Carolina was reported missing to Jackson County officials hours earlier when he failed to meet a scheduled pick up in the area. Mr. Brady was located by Jackson County rescuers approximately 30 yards from the Parkway. NPS Law Enforcement Rangers were dispatched to the scene after Mr. Brady’s body was found. Temperatures in the area that evening were approximately 17 degrees with high winds, which is believed to be a contributing factor in his death. Blue Ridge Parkway Superintendent J.D. Lee and park staff expresses their sincere sympathy to the family of Mr. Brady. The incident remains under investigation. Park officials remind visitors that good planning and proper equipment are essential for a safe and successful trip.
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