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Blue Ridge Towns & Trails +

Relax and live like a local in the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina. Visit our website to learn about our great small towns, there are over 100 of them! We’ll show you where to experience local music, festivals and cultural attractions located within our ten county region. Visit galleries of our most talented artists and crafters, sample our local craft brews, wines and amazing fresh cuisines.

From the land of waterfalls found in the Pisgah National Forest of Translyvania County to the gem mines and caves found in the highest peaks of Yancy and Mitchell Counties, discover trails and outdoor adventures for the entire family. Zip down into the Green River Gorge of the Blue Ridge Foothills in Henderson and Polk counties. Ride the white waters of the French Broad River in Buncombe and Madison Counties. Trout fish the streams and lakes of Chimney Rock and South Mountain State Parks located in McDowell, Burke and Rutherford counties.

We will give you information about the best accommodations the region has to offer. Plan your itinerary, check our event calendar and take advantage of great offers made available by businesses in the region by visiting our website at: www.NCBlueRidge.com





Highlights & Happenings

  • James River & Otter Creek, MP 60-63.8
  • At the lowest elevation along the Parkway, visitors can hike, camp, fish, have a picnic, and see restored Battery Creek Lock from the Kanawha Canal.
  • Cumberland Knob, MP 217.5
  • Located near the Virginia state line, Cumberland Knob is the site where construction of the Blue Ridge Parkway began in 1935. It was the first recreation area opened to the public and remains a favorite destination for both locals and visitors.
  • Humpback Rocks, MP 5.8
  • At the northern end of the Blue Ridge Parkway, Humpback Rocks is perhaps the best representation of the varied combination of natural and cultural resources anywhere along the Parkway corridor. Visitors can tour a collection of nineteenth century far
  • Julian Price Memorial Park, MP 297
  • Price Park is a haven for relaxation and recreation with the 47-acre Price Lake as its focal point. Visitors enjoy one of the most popular and largest picnic areas on the Parkway, along with camping, boating and fishing on Price Lake, and ample oppor
  • Mount Pisgah, MP 408
  • Mount Pisgah’s spectacular views, hiking trails, picnic area, campground, lodge, restaurant, and country store make this area a popular destination for visitors along the Blue Ridge Parkway.
  • Craggy Gardens, MP 364
  • For generations, visitors have headed for the Craggies in June, typically the prime time for viewing the pink and purple blooms of Catawba rhododendrons that blanket much of the area.
  • Doughton Park, MP 240
  • The Brinegar Cabin, craft demonstrations, and diverse hiking options and make Doughton Park a must-experience destination along the Parkway.
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  • Tips for planning your scenic drive or vacation to see the fall color along the Blue Ridge Parkway.
  • What To Do
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  • Blooms & Wildlife Watching
  • Don't forget your cameras and binoculars when visiting the Blue Ridge Parkway! Learn when and where to see blooms along your journey.
  • Hiking Trails
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  • Blue Ridge Parkway Directory & Travel Planner
  • The 68th edition of the Blue Ridge Parkway Directory & Travel Planner is your ultimate source for planning a trip to the Blue Ridge Mountains.
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