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  • Crooked Road could become heritage area

    The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail has been working for two years with federal officials on a proposal to designate the trail region’s 19 counties, four cities and more than 50 towns) as a National Heritage Area.
    The City of Galax and Carroll and Grayson Counties are in The Crooked Road region, and there are several local music venues on the trail, like the Rex Theater and the Blue Ridge Music Center; as well as events such as the upcoming Galax Old Fiddlers’ Convention.

  • Virginia Tourism mascot to be at Lambsburg Welcome Center

    On Saturday from noon to 4 p.m., Virginia’s lovable tourism mascot, Trip Heartmann, will make a special appearance, giving away free “Virginia is for Lovers” T-shirts to the first 50 families who stop and take a picture with the LOVE artwork installed at the Lambsburg Welcome Center on Interstate 77 at Exit 1 in Carroll County.

    Visitors are invited to take a family picture in front of the artwork and share with family and friends on Facebook and Twitter.

  • Gas prices could deter travel

    Gas prices are predicted to deter some Virginians from traveling this Fourth of July holiday weekend, with close to 1.1 million expected to celebrate Independence Day with a trip of 50 miles or more from home.
    A decrease of about 2.4 percent in the number of travelers is expected from last year’s holiday.
    The July 2010 numbers represented a robust increase in the number of Virginian’s traveling for Fourth of July, said Martha Meade of the American Automobile Association.

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  • New River Trail visits down in 2010

     

  • Parkway Birthday

    What started as a stimulus project 75 years ago, has become a tremendous asset to the region's economy and quality of life, said U.S. Congressman Rick Boucher, as he stood on a warm, sunny Friday morning before a crowd at Cumberland Knob, with the Blue Ridge Mountains as the backdrop, during the Blue Ridge Parkway 75th anniversary ceremony.

  • Guynn driven to help national park

    In the midst of a depression in the 1930s and ‘40s, there wasn’t much recreation going on in Galax — except for visits to the Blue Ridge Parkway.
    Many people went to Cumberland Knob — where the parkway began in 1935 — to grill, picnic and walk the trails because it was free and beautiful, Mary Guynn recalls.

  • Our Parkway: A Milepost-By-Milepost Tour

    Millions of people from across the United States visit the Blue Ridge Parkway each year, drawn by scenic views and the attractions that preserve America's rural past.

  • Parkway anniversary activities abound this weekend

    The Blue Ridge Parkway’s 75th Anniversary Festival will span three days, two main venues in two states and four local communities, as the National Park Service celebrates its most-visited park.

  • Center preserves music of the mountains

    The Blue Ridge Music Center started as an idea shortly after the 50th anniversary of the Blue Ridge Parkway in 1985, and has since brought thousands to its concerts, jams, exhibits and visitor center.