The Blue Ridge Parkway Goes Green

Blue Ridge Parkway in Western NC
In last week's blog we mentioned the Blue Ridge Parkway as one of the things you must do on your Asheville adventure. In addition to the 469 meandering miles of scenic drive showcasing the Appalachian landscape that have denoted it as one of America's favorite drives, the Blue Ridge Parkway also hosts special events throughout the year.
This weekend on Saturday, April 26 the Greening of the Parkway takes place at the Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center at Milepost 384. From 10a.m. to 2p.m., this family-friendly event celebrates all things green. It's a combined celebration of the springtime greenery found in Western North Carolina this time of year and the green technologies used to keep the Parkway and our Earth protected, all while reducing our carbon footprint.
The day is full of activities and demonstrations in recognition of Earth Day, National Park Week, and Junior Ranger Day. The Greening of the Parkway is a free event and is open to the public, so be sure to bring your family and friends along. Webo's BBQ is on hand providing food available for purchase during the event, so bring your appetite, too.
Here are the highlights of the day:
  • Learn about springtime flowers and how to landscape with Western NC's native species.National Park Week
  • See a live raptor demonstration.
  • Discover some of the Parkway's new arrivals with the cutest critters you ever did see.
  • Dress up like a Park Ranger and learn more about the Junior Ranger Program.
  • Hike on a Kids in Parks TRACK Trail.
  • Gain insight into green building practices and sustainability.
  • Earn Energy Bucks and exchange them for some cool prizes.
  • Tour a LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) certified building.
  • Check out the Parkway's new energy efficient, low emission vehicles.
There you have it. It sounds like a great place to be this weekend! The weather is supposed to be gorgeous with temperatures in the low 70s. What a perfect way to spend your day.
Don't forget that Moogfest is now in progress and runs through Sunday. Check out one of Asheville's most popular festivals as it celebrates the synthesis of technology, art and music. See why it's a local favorite.
There is always so much to see, do and experience when you travel to Asheville and the surrounding Western North Carolina region. Make the most of your time here by staying in a vacation rental that is perfectly suited to your needs and wants in the location you desire. It's the only way to travel. 
What's on your Western North Carolina weekend agenda? A drive on the Blue Ridge? A picnic in the Parkway? A Moogfest concert? Let us know. We'd love to hear about it! Happy weekend!

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