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Highlands Region: Day Trip Sample

A one day trip through the Highlands reveals the shift from flat plateau to mountain ridges. Find yourself in the rolling pastures of Doughton Park (Milepost 240 – 245) or exploring the Grandfather Mountain corridor (Milepost 295 – 300) or the rugged Linville Gorge (Milepost 317). A high degree of original Parkway design remains here and you will find mountain cabins in close proximity to magnificent country estates from the early twentieth century.

Morning

Heading south through Cumberland Knob (Milepost 218), be aware that you are traveling through the first section of the Parkway to be constructed, beginning in 1935. At Brinegar Cabin (Milepost 238.5) you can make a quick stop at the mountain home where Martin and Caroline Brinegar raised their family. Depending on the season or day of the week, costumed interpreters may be demonstrating farm life. This is the only Parkway structure on the National Register of Historic Places. Continuing south, you may want to stop at the Northwest Trading Post (Milepost 258.6) for some snacks or shopping. At E.B. Jeffress Park and the Cascades (Milepost 272), take time to picnic or stroll a short ways on the trail to the Cascades waterfalls (1.2 miles total) or head across the Parkway (.5 mile trail) to the Cool Springs Baptist Church and Jesse Brown Cabin. If picnicking isn’t an option, Blowing Rock is an easy access off of the Parkway and just twenty miles down the road.

Mid – Late Afternoon

After lunch enjoy the Grandfather Mountain corridor here in North Carolina’s High Country. Along the Parkway, visit the Moses Cone Memorial Park (Milepost 294) with the Cone family’s summer resort, Flattop Manor, serving as the Parkway’s official craft center. Views off of the front porch, a system of carriage trails, and shopping are available. Julian Price Park (Milepost 297) and the beautiful Price Lake Overlook (Milepost 297) are just a few miles south. The Linn Cove Viaduct and Visitor Center (Milepost 304.4) is an opportunity to experience the Parkway’s “last link” completed in 1987.

Late Afternoon – Early Evening

Linville Falls (Milepost 317) is one of the Parkway’s busiest areas. Lying along the Linville River, the visitor center has educational items for sale and is the trailhead for short or long hikes that will take you to a variety of overlooks, giving the visitor glimpses into one of the most rugged gorges and the first national wilderness area in the east.

Fifteen miles south, the Museum of North Carolina Minerals (Milepost 331) is the place to learn about the geology of the Blue Ridge region through highly interactive, educational exhibits. A night’s stay in Spruce Pine, Linville, or Little Switzerland completes a busy day!

Calendar

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How the West Was Won

Thursday, May 5, 2016, 2:00 pm

Marion Mountain Music

Thursday, May 5, 2016, 7:00 pm
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36th Annual Strawberry Festival

Friday, May 6, 2016, 10:00 am

How the West Was Won

Friday, May 6, 2016, 2:00 pm

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, May 6, 2016, 7:00 pm
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Garden Day

Saturday, May 7, 2016, 9:00 am

Art in the Park

Saturday, May 7, 2016, 10:00 am

36th Annual Strawberry Festival

Saturday, May 7, 2016, 10:00 am

Raffaldini Winery Grilling Luncheon

Saturday, May 7, 2016, 1:00 pm

How the West Was Won

Saturday, May 7, 2016, 2:00 pm
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Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, May 8, 2016, 2:00 pm
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Monthly Old Time Music Jam

Tuesday, May 10, 2016, 6:00 pm
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How the West Was Won

Thursday, May 12, 2016, 2:00 pm

Marion Mountain Music

Thursday, May 12, 2016, 7:00 pm
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How the West Was Won

Friday, May 13, 2016, 2:00 pm

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, May 13, 2016, 7:00 pm
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4th Annual Cradle to Grave 30K & 10K Race

Saturday, May 14, 2016, 8:00 am

How the West Was Won

Saturday, May 14, 2016, 2:00 pm
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Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, May 15, 2016, 2:00 pm
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How the West Was Won

Thursday, May 19, 2016, 2:00 pm

Marion Mountain Music

Thursday, May 19, 2016, 7:00 pm
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Fish and Pick Bluegrass Festival

Friday, May 20, 2016, 10:00 am

How the West Was Won

Friday, May 20, 2016, 2:00 pm

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, May 20, 2016, 7:00 pm
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Gettysburg Outdoor Antique Show

Saturday, May 21, 2016, 7:00 am

Fish and Pick Bluegrass Festival

Saturday, May 21, 2016, 10:00 am

Vinton Wine and Food Festival

Saturday, May 21, 2016, 1:00 pm

How the West Was Won

Saturday, May 21, 2016, 2:00 pm
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Fish and Pick Bluegrass Festival

Sunday, May 22, 2016, 10:00 am

Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, May 22, 2016, 2:00 pm
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How the West Was Won

Thursday, May 26, 2016, 2:00 pm

Marion Mountain Music

Thursday, May 26, 2016, 7:00 pm
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How the West Was Won

Friday, May 27, 2016, 2:00 pm

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, May 27, 2016, 7:00 pm
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Garden Jubilee

Saturday, May 28, 2016, 9:00 am

Bogs, Bugs and Beavers

Saturday, May 28, 2016, 9:00 am

How the West Was Won

Saturday, May 28, 2016, 2:00 pm
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Garden Jubilee

Sunday, May 29, 2016, 9:00 am

Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, May 29, 2016, 2:00 pm

The Winemaker’s Dinner at Chateau Morrisette

Sunday, May 29, 2016, 5:00 pm
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149th Memorial Day Parade and Ceremonies

Monday, May 30, 2016, 2:00 pm
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Highlights & Happenings

  • Mount Pisgah, MP 408
  • Mount Pisgah’s spectacular views, hiking trails, camping and the Mount Pisgah Inn make this area a popular destination for visitors along the Blue Ridge Parkway. The mountain and thousands of surrounding acres was originally purchased by indust
  • Waterrock Knob, MP 451.2
  • An ideal spot for watching sunrise and sunsets across the rugged mountains, Waterrock Knob Visitor Center sits at almost 6,000 feet elevation. Exhibits, book sales, and a trail leading to the summit of Waterrock Knob await visitors. The last hik
  • Moses H. Cone Park, MP 294
  • A majestic 4,200 acres at the foot of Grandfather Mountain, named in honor of Julian Price, lies directly adjacent to the Moses H. Cone Memorial Park. Together these parks comprise the largest developed area set aside for public recreati
  • 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. The m
  • 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
  • Craggy Gardens, MP 364
  • These high elevation summits are home to spectacular floral displays. June and July are usually prime times to view the pink and purple blooms of rhododendron, but don’t despair if you miss the peak bloom. Violets, blackberry, May-apple, a
  • Doughton Park, MP 240
  • Renew your senses amid this landscape of open meadows. Doughton Park is one of the best places along the Blue Ridge Parkway to view white-tailed deer, raccoons, red and grey foxes, and bobcats.  Flowers burst on the scene in late spring and crea
  • Parkway Road Conditions
  • An open Parkway is a safe Parkway. Be sure to check road conditions online or by phone before you travel and during your visit.
  • Camping
  • Camping is one way visitors traveling through the Blue Ridge Parkway can spend the night under the stars in one of America’s most beautiful natural settings.
  • Blue Ridge Parkway Directory & Travel Planner
  • The 67th 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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  • A journey on the Blue Ridge Parkway offers motorists spectacular views of Southern Appalachia’s diverse beauty for 469.1 uninterrupted miles.
  • 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.
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