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Blue Ridge Parkway Ranger Programs This Week Include Viaduct Anniversary Celebration with Guest Speaker

Sept. 10, 2012. Blue Ridge Parkway Ranger Programs are free and open to the public.

Moses H. Cone Memorial Park – Milepost 294

Saturdays and Sundays

Flat Top Manor Upstairs Tours

Join a ranger for a tour of the second floor of the beautiful, former home of Moses and Bertha Cone.  Tours are held Saturdays and Sundays and last about 45 minutes. Tours will end the weekend of October 21, 2012.    

Tour Days & Times: Saturday and Sunday mornings at 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and afternoons at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Reservations Required: Reservations are accepted on a first-come basis by phone or walk-ins. There are a limited number of persons allowed on each tour. Call 828-295-3782 or sign up at the NPS information desk at the Moses Cone Manor House. Reservations are accepted beginning at 9 a.m. on Friday for the weekend of the requested tour only.


Friday, Sept. 14 at 7 p.m.

“Cone Cemetery Hike”

Are the mysterious happenings at the Cone Manor real or just our imagination? You decide. Hike to the cemetery with the rangers and learn about the people who once spent their summers here and the strange occurrences at the house. Meet on the front porch of the manor house and bring water and a flashlight with you for this 2 mile round trip hike.


Julian Price Park Amphitheater – Milepost 297


Saturday, Sept. 15 at 7 p.m.

This Glittering Peace: The Camp Catawba Story

Camp Catawba for Boys, unknown to many visitors and residents of Blowing Rock, was once a place of summer refuge and adventure. Join a ranger to discover the history of this unique summer camp on the Parkway – a history that tells the story of a Nazi Holocaust survivor who found peace in the mountains and went on to share that peace with others.


Sunday, Sept. 16 at 6:30 p.m.

Julian Price: A Man with a Dream

Join a ranger for an evening stroll around Price Park Lake. Hear the story of a man who loved the natural beauty and restful solitude of the mountains and how his dream was to share this beauty with others. 


Linn Cove Visitor Center – Milepost 304.4

The 25th Anniversary Celebration

Tuesday, Sept. 11 – 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. – cupcakes and prizes (first-come, first-served)

11 a.m. – Guest speaker Randy Johnson: The guest speaker is the author of bestselling books “Falcon Guides Hiking the Blue Ridge Parkway,” “Best Easy Day Hikes Blue Ridge Parkway,” “Hiking North Carolina and Southern Snow,” “The Winter Guide to Dixie” and “Best Easy Day Hikes Great Smokey Mountains National Park.” During the completion of the final “missing link” of the Blue Ridge Parkway around Grandfather Mountain, Randy helped mesh the mountain’s private trails and Park Service paths into the spectacular hiking network in place today.

Hikes: Moderate/Strenuous – 1 hour long at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.

“Steel and Stone: The nature preserved by the Linn Cove Viaduct”

Hikes: Easy – 30 minutes long at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

“A Mountain Majesty: At last, the missing link is complete”