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...]

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...]

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...]

Appalachian Ski Mountain

The NC High Country's 1st Ski Area Appalachian Ski Mtn. 2 Quad Chairlifts, 1 Double Chairlift, 1 Conveyor Lift, 1 Handle Pull Lift. 10 slopes including 2 Terrain Parks. Season: Friday before Thanksgiving through the first Sunday in April. Open 7 days a week. Night skiing beginning first Friday in December. Refrigerated Outdoor Ice Arena w/ 3 sessions daily @ Noon, 2:30 & 7pm. 2200 Sets of Ski Equipment rentals, 450 Snowboard rentals, clothing rentals, & helmet rentals. Home of the French Swiss Ski College, the Southeast's largest independent Ski School, offering daily group and private lessons & the SKIwee Childrens Program. Facilities include: 46,000 sq ft … [Read more...]

Mount Mitchell State Park

Mount Mitchell

Rising more than a mile high, surrounded by the gentle mist of low-hanging clouds, Mount Mitchell State Park is one of these extraordinary places. In the crest of the timeworn Black Mountains lies the summit of Mount Mitchell, at an elevation 6,684 feet it is the highest point east of the Mississippi. For those who ascend this mighty peak, what looms in the horizon is a feast for the eyes—breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, rolling ridges and fertile valleys. Forested and forever misty, 1,946-acre Mount Mitchell State Park will provide you with some of the most tranquil moments you'll ever experience.   (828) 675-4611 … [Read more...]

Horn in the West

One of the Nation's Oldest Revolutionary War Drama The Horn in the West drama is located in the heart of Boone, North Carolina in one of the most beautiful outdoor theatres in the country. This adventure, from our nation's heritage, has offered thrilling outdoor entertainment to generations of Americans since it premiered in 1952.  It portrays the lives of pioneers who braved the wilderness to settle in the Blue Ridge Mountains seeking freedom from British tyranny. 1 (828) 264-2120 … [Read more...]

The Blowing Rock


The Blowing Rock, North Carolina's oldest travel attraction since 1933, is an immense cliff 4,000 feet above sea level overhanging Johns River Gorge 3,000 feet below. Open all year weather permitting in Blowing Rock, North Carolina.  This immense cliff hanging 3,000 feet over the John's River Gorge, where gravity appears to be reversed, causes objects to fall up!  (828) 295-7111 We are wheelchair accessible. ~ Pets on a leash are welcome. … [Read more...]

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