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

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Sites Along the Parkway in North Carolina



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Quilt Trails of Western NC

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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 shopping. Burnsville, seat of Yancey County, has two quilt shops.

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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

Printable Info About the Mission Crossing Scenic ByWay with Map