Mission Crossing Scenic Byway


Mission-Crossing-NC-Scenic-BywaysMapNC 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 Boone.

Length: 17 miles

Drive time: 45 minutes

Counties: Avery, Watauga

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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

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 Rock, North Carolina. From the Blue Ridge Parkway exit at milepost 291 (Boone exit).  (800) 526-5740

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