Blue Ridge National Heritage News Feed


July 18, 2016

For Partners of the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area-Click here for information and reservations for the 2016 Gather 'Round the Blue Ridge Annual Meeting, August 18, at the DoubleTree Hotel in Asheville. read more

July 13, 2016

Feast to the Beat, a national road trip tour celebrating the country’s National Parks and National Heritage Areas, will arrive in Asheville for a two-day event-filled stop, August 4-5, 2016. read more

June 15, 2016

The Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership is pleased to announce the availability of more grants! Applications in the new grant cycle are due by October 3, 2016 and funding decisions will be announced in late January 2017. read more


December 09, 2015

A long-range vision for a regional interpretive trail for Western North Carolina has come to fruition with the installation of 69 signs throughout the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area footprint. Called the Blue Ridge Heritage Trail, the program provides wayside interpretive signs at cultural and natural heritage sites and attractions. In addition, five interactive kiosks have been installed in NC Welcome Centers at interstate entrances to the region. A large map brochure and website round out the program to achieve maximum promotion to visitors and residents. read more

November 24, 2015

Blue Ridge Parkway officials announce two tunnel repair projects occurring this winter to the north and south of the Asheville corridor.  Both closures will be in effect from December 1, 2015 through spring of 2016. Repairs to Tanbark Tunnel at Milepost 374.4 will require a closure from Milepost 364.1 at Craggy Dome Parking Overlook to Milepost 375.6 at Ox Creek Road. Repairs to the Buck Springs Tunnel at Milepost 407.3 will require a closure from Milepost 405.5 at NC Route 151 to Milepost 408.8 near Mt. Pisgah. Both lanes of the motor road in these sections will be closed to all visitor traffic, including bicyclists and pedestrians. read more

September 28, 2015

The North Carolina Folklore Society announced that master fiddler Roger Howell of Madison County, North Carolina is a 2015 recipient of the Brown-Hudson Folklore Award for his work in preserving and showcasing regional music traditions. Known for his skill as a musician and generosity as a teacher, Howell has also dedicated much of his energy to documenting the music for posterity. He spent years recording the “Memory Collection,” a compilation of 532 fiddle tunes donated to Mars Hill University’s Southern Appalachian Archives. read more

August 21, 2015

For the second year, the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership and Highland Brewing Company are partnering to present a Blue Ridge Music Trails “Traditions” concert celebrating the banjo styles of Western North Carolina—Banjopalooza. read more