The Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center at Explore Park will open for the season on Friday, marking its earliest opening date since the park was re-opened by Roanoke County. The Visitor Center will be open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. through Sunday, November 8. The facility features a gift shop, a museum highlighting frontier culture and an audiovisual presentation about the history of the Parkway. Visitors can expect to see some changes at Explore Park this season. The gift shop is now featuring artisan crafts including jewelry, pottery, art, jams, candies and more. Visitors will also be able to drive further into the park to access trials, the Roanoke River and historic buildings on the property. Also, there’s an expanded lineup of outdoor programs this season. You can find more information about Explore Park by clicking here.