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Blue Ridge Parkway National Park
Map 6


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Blue Ridge Parkway National Park - Map 6 copyright map by Alan Eastep

Plans for the Blue Ridge Music Center began over a decade ago when the city of Galax, VA, long known for its link to traditional and old-time music, gave one thousand acres of land to the Blue Ridge Parkway for the purpose of building a music center devoted to the preservation and interpretation of regional music.

The first phase of the project consists of an outdoor amphitheater, an instrument builders' shop, restrooms, and parking facilities. Throughout the past two summers, performances by national and regional bands have filled the arena each weekend. Doc Watson, Ricky Skaggs, Del McCoury and others have taken the stage of the Blue Ridge Music Center.

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 In the fall of 2003, groundbreaking took place on the interpretive facility that will eventually tell the full story of the music of these mountains. Check out the full concert schedule at

Milepost 188.8: Groundhog Mountain Parking Overlook

You discover this high point affording 360 degree view. Observation tower. Examples of various types of old chestnut rail fences. Picnic area and comfort station. Alt. 3,030.

Milepost 189.9: Puckett Cabin

It was the home of Orelena Hawks Puckett, storied local midwife. Alt. 2,850.

Milepost 213: Blue Ridge Music Center

A new Parkway facility with an outdoor stage and amphitheater which features regularly scheduled seasonal performances (June-September) of old-time and bluegrass music. Interpretive center opens early summer and includes a staffed information desk, a shop (recorded music and books about Parkway, region). Visit on the Internet for concert schedule. Phone: (276) 236-5309.

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