Blue Ridge Parkway

Blue Ridge Parkway Linn Cove Viaduct

America’s Favorite Drive – 469 Miles of Mountain Vistas and Historic Sites The Blue Ridge Parkway winds its way 469 miles through mountain meadows and past seemingly endless vistas with outstanding scenery and endless recreational opportunities . Split-rail fences, old farmsteads and historic structures complement the spectacular views of distant mountains and neighboring valleys.  More info Virtual Tour of Blue Ridge Parkway Overlooks Blue Ridge Parkway Maps Sites Along the Parkway in North Carolina   Cumberland Knob Doughton Park Moses H. Cone Park Julian Price Memorial Park Linn Cove Viaduct Craggy Gardens Folk Art Center Parkway Visitor Center Mount Pisgah Waterrock … [Read more...]

Art in the Park

Series of Art & Fine Handcraft Shows   Held since 1962, Art in the Park now features 100 exhibitors in each of six shows May through October. Work includes: painting (oil, watercolor and acrylic), etching, stained and blown glass, basketry, wood carving and turning, clay, photography, fiber, jewelry and more. See link for current year dates. Shows are 10:00 am - 5:00 pm. Satellite parking available at Tanger Shoppes on the Parkway and Food Lion Shopping Center. Free transportation on a comfortable trolley available to the downtown and art show area available from 9:00 am - 6:00 pm. … [Read more...]

Monday Night Concert Series

These Monday night town-sponsored concerts in the Broyhill Park Gazebo on the Lake  have been a tradition for more than 50 years. Free to the public. Also available for dinner concerts & very special occasions. Call Blowing Rock Parks & Recreation for details.  1 (828) 295-5222 … [Read more...]

Symphony at Chetola Lake

The symphony performance at Chetola Lake is one of the most highly anticipated events of the year. Come see for yourself why people have fallen in love with this experience. Sit by the lake in the cool mountain breeze, and watch the swans drift by. Bring a picnic, or sample delicious cuisine prepared by Chetola's chef. Immerse yourself in the delightful sounds of the Symphony of the Mountains as the evening slips into night. New this year are hot air balloons- take a ride to experience a spectacular view of the event and surrounding mountains. And the spectacular fireworks, so close, so bright, will take your breath away. … [Read more...]

Linville Falls

Linville Falls

Linville Falls on the Blue Ridge Parkway Hiking Trail to Falls is 1.0 to 1.6 Mile Round Trip, Easy to Strenuous. Found on Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 316.4, Linville Falls Park. Easy to find... several maps and a vistors center. … [Read more...]

Quilt Trails of Western NC

Quilt Barn

Quilt Trail Adventure through Mitchell & Yancey Counties in NC The Quilt Trails of Western NC has more than 200 quilt blocks making it the the largest concentration anywhere in the United States.  Six contiguous counties host quilt blocks, with the highest concentration in Yancey and Mitchell Counties. While in Yancey County, visit Mt. Mitchell, highest peak East of the Mississippi. Mitchell County is home to Roan Mountain (the rhododendrons are in full bloom in June - gateway through Bakersville) and Avery County offers Grandfather Mountain with its mile-high swinging bridge. Of course we have waterfalls, supreme hiking, great trout fishing, canoeing, golf, horseback riding, and great … [Read more...]

Mission Crossing Scenic Byway


NC 194 ~ Cranberry to Vilas A trip to the mountains is not complete without a stop at Mast General Store, built in 1882, and one of the major attractions of the Mission Crossing byway. Quaint towns, rustic barns and beautiful fall colors are additional reasons to make the drive. The byway begins near the Avery County community of Cranberry and follows N.C. 194 through the Elk River Valley to Banner Elk. From here, the route descends into the Watauga River Valley and passes through Valle Crucis, home to the original Mast General Store and the 19th century Mast Farm Inn. Mission Crossing ends in the Watauga County community of Vilas at the intersection of N.C. 194 and U.S. 321/421 north of … [Read more...]

Grandfather Mountain


Views from the Highest Point in the Blue Ridge Visit Grandfather Mountain and cross the famous Mile High Swinging Bridge, photograph native wildlife in natural habitats and hike some of the South's finest alpine trails. US 221 two miles north of Linville and one mile south of the Blue Ridge Parkway at milepost 305, 15 miles south of Blowing Rock. Open all year, weather permitting in winter. 1 (800) 468-7325 or 1 828-733-2013 … [Read more...]

Tweetsie Railroad

Tweetsie Railroad

Tweetsie Railroad allows children and families to let their imaginations run wild and discover all sorts of fun. Kids can be a cowboy … an Indian … or an engineer. Families love riding on our famous steam engine, Number 12. She’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Just looking at her is enough to take you back.   Hop on board Tweetsie’s Wild West Adventure, on a train pulled by one of our historic coal-fired steam locomotives. It’s a trip back in time complete with Cowboys, train robbers and marauding renegades stirring up trouble. You never know what might happen! Ride it as many times as you want! Tweetsie Railroad is located on Highway 321 between Boone and Blowing … [Read more...]

Linville Caverns

Off the Blue Ridge Parkway  ~ A Geological Education Experience Linville Caverns are located at the southern gateway to western NC's High Country region, Linville Caverns is an ideal destination for visitors of all ages.  The beauty of the NC Blue Ridge mountains is echoed within Humpback Mountain and visitors are invited to explore the splendor and wonders nature created "inside a mountain". Linville Caverns offers a unique perspective of the intricate workings that have taken place under the ground surface.  All tours are guided & last approximately 35-40 minutes in length...not too tiring for any visitor.  Because of our confined space & some low hanging rocks we limit the … [Read more...]

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