Blue Ridge Parkway Hike of the Week “Welcome to the Neighborhood” Join Parkway rangers at 10:00 am on Friday, October 20th for an easy, 2 mile round-trip hike. The forest is more crowded than you think! The Blue Ridge Parkway is in one of the most bio-diverse areas in the country and that means a wide variety of people want to come study and protect our mountains. There are many different organizations that are right next door to the Parkway, doing exactly that. Come let us introduce you to two of our neighbors, Bent Creek Experimental Forest and the North Carolina Arboretum.Meet at the long gravel pull-off at Milepost 395. Bring water, wear good walking shoes, and be prepared for changeable weather.For more information, contact 828-298-5330, ext. 304.