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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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Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Tuesday, August 4, 2015, 10:00 am

Mid-Day Mountain Music

Tuesday, August 4, 2015, 12:00 pm

"Gypsy"

Tuesday, August 4, 2015, 2:00 pm
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Upstairs Tours at Cone Manor

Wednesday, August 5, 2015, 10:00 am

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Wednesday, August 5, 2015, 10:00 am

Junior Forester Program

Wednesday, August 5, 2015, 10:30 am

Mid-Day Mountain Music

Wednesday, August 5, 2015, 12:00 pm

"Gypsy"

Wednesday, August 5, 2015, 2:00 pm
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Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Thursday, August 6, 2015, 10:00 am

Mid-Day Mountain Music

Thursday, August 6, 2015, 12:00 pm

"Gypsy"

Thursday, August 6, 2015, 2:00 pm

Marion Mountain Music

Thursday, August 6, 2015, 7:00 pm
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Mt. Mitchell Crafts Fair

Friday, August 7, 2015, 9:00 am

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Friday, August 7, 2015, 10:00 am

Mid-Day Mountain Music

Friday, August 7, 2015, 12:00 pm

"Gypsy"

Friday, August 7, 2015, 2:00 pm

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, August 7, 2015, 7:00 pm
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NatureFest

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Music in the Mountains Concert Series

Saturday, June 6, 2015, 6:30 pm

Mt. Mitchell Crafts Fair

Saturday, August 8, 2015, 9:00 am

Wood Day at the Folk Art Center

Saturday, August 8, 2015, 10:00 am

Upstairs Tour of Cone Manor

Saturday, August 8, 2015, 10:00 am

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Saturday, August 8, 2015, 10:00 am

Mid-Day Mountain Music

Saturday, August 8, 2015, 12:00 pm

The Black Dog Music and BBQ Festival

Saturday, August 8, 2015, 12:00 pm

"Gypsy"

Saturday, August 8, 2015, 2:00 pm

Tracks Music & Dance

Saturday, August 8, 2015, 7:00 pm

The Lives of the Stars

Saturday, August 8, 2015, 8:00 pm

Saturday Night Square Dances

Saturday, August 8, 2015, 8:00 pm

New Horizons to Pluto

Saturday, August 8, 2015, 9:00 pm
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Upstairs Tours at Cone Manor

Sunday, August 9, 2015, 10:00 am

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Sunday, August 9, 2015, 10:00 am

Mid-Day Mountain Music

Sunday, August 9, 2015, 12:00 pm

Beer and Brats

Sunday, August 9, 2015, 12:00 pm

"Gypsy"

Sunday, August 9, 2015, 2:00 pm

Group Painting

Sunday, August 9, 2015, 2:00 pm

Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, August 9, 2015, 2:00 pm
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Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Monday, August 10, 2015, 10:00 am

Mid-Day Mountain Music

Monday, August 10, 2015, 12:00 pm

"Gypsy"

Monday, August 10, 2015, 2:00 pm
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Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Tuesday, August 11, 2015, 10:00 am

Mid-Day Mountain Music

Tuesday, August 11, 2015, 12:00 pm

"Gypsy"

Tuesday, August 11, 2015, 2:00 pm

Monthly Old Time Music Jam

Tuesday, August 11, 2015, 6:00 pm
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Upstairs Tours at Cone Manor

Wednesday, August 12, 2015, 10:00 am

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Wednesday, August 12, 2015, 10:00 am

Mid-Day Mountain Music

Wednesday, August 12, 2015, 12:00 pm

"Gypsy"

Wednesday, August 12, 2015, 2:00 pm
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70th Semi-Annual Gettysburg Fall Bluegrass Festival

Thursday, August 13, 2015, 6:00 pm

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Thursday, August 13, 2015, 10:00 am

Mid-Day Mountain Music

Thursday, August 13, 2015, 12:00 pm

"Gypsy"

Thursday, August 13, 2015, 2:00 pm

Marion Mountain Music

Thursday, August 13, 2015, 7:00 pm
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70th Semi-Annual Gettysburg Fall Bluegrass Festival

Friday, August 14, 2015, 6:00 pm

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Friday, August 14, 2015, 10:00 am

Mid-Day Mountain Music

Friday, August 14, 2015, 12:00 pm

"Gypsy"

Friday, August 14, 2015, 2:00 pm

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, August 14, 2015, 7:00 pm
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Grandfather Mountain Camera Clinic

Saturday, August 15, 2015, 6:00 pm

70th Semi-Annual Gettysburg Fall Bluegrass Festival

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Music in the Mountains Concert Series

Saturday, June 6, 2015, 6:30 pm

Upstairs Tour of Cone Manor

Saturday, August 15, 2015, 10:00 am

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Saturday, August 15, 2015, 10:00 am

Mid-Day Mountain Music

Saturday, August 15, 2015, 12:00 pm

"Gypsy"

Saturday, August 15, 2015, 2:00 pm

Classic Car Cruise-In

Saturday, August 15, 2015, 3:00 pm

Blue Ridge Music Center Presents Spencer Branch with Mickey Galyean & Cullen's Bridge

Saturday, August 15, 2015, 7:00 pm

Twilight Hike @ Peaks of Otter

Saturday, August 15, 2015, 7:00 pm

Tracks Music & Dance

Saturday, August 15, 2015, 7:00 pm

Saturday Night Square Dances

Saturday, August 15, 2015, 8:00 pm
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Grandfather Mountain Camera Clinic

Sunday, August 16, 2015, 6:00 pm

70th Semi-Annual Gettysburg Fall Bluegrass Festival

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Orienteering Treasure Hunt

Sunday, August 16, 2015, 10:00 am

Upstairs Tours at Cone Manor

Sunday, August 16, 2015, 10:00 am

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Sunday, August 16, 2015, 10:00 am

Mid-Day Mountain Music

Sunday, August 16, 2015, 12:00 pm

"Gypsy"

Sunday, August 16, 2015, 2:00 pm

Mountain Music Series

Sunday, August 16, 2015, 2:00 pm

Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, August 16, 2015, 2:00 pm
17

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Monday, August 17, 2015, 10:00 am

Mid-Day Mountain Music

Monday, August 17, 2015, 12:00 pm
18

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Tuesday, August 18, 2015, 10:00 am

Mid-Day Mountain Music

Tuesday, August 18, 2015, 12:00 pm

93rd Annual South Mountain Fair

Tuesday, August 18, 2015, 4:00 pm
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Upstairs Tours at Cone Manor

Wednesday, August 19, 2015, 10:00 am

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Wednesday, August 19, 2015, 10:00 am

Mid-Day Mountain Music

Wednesday, August 19, 2015, 12:00 pm

93rd Annual South Mountain Fair

Wednesday, August 19, 2015, 4:00 pm
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Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Thursday, August 20, 2015, 10:00 am

Mid-Day Mountain Music

Thursday, August 20, 2015, 12:00 pm

93rd Annual South Mountain Fair

Thursday, August 20, 2015, 4:00 pm

Marion Mountain Music

Thursday, August 20, 2015, 7:00 pm
21

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Friday, August 21, 2015, 10:00 am

Mid-Day Mountain Music

Friday, August 21, 2015, 12:00 pm

93rd Annual South Mountain Fair

Friday, August 21, 2015, 4:00 pm

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, August 21, 2015, 7:00 pm
22

Music in the Mountains Concert Series

Saturday, August 22, 2015, 6:30 pm

Upstairs Tour of Cone Manor

Saturday, August 22, 2015, 10:00 am

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Saturday, August 22, 2015, 10:00 am

6th Annual Roanoke Wing Fest

Saturday, August 22, 2015, 11:00 am

Mid-Day Mountain Music

Saturday, August 22, 2015, 12:00 pm

2nd Gettysburg Brew Fest

Saturday, August 22, 2015, 4:00 pm

93rd Annual South Mountain Fair

Saturday, August 22, 2015, 4:00 pm

Blue Ridge Music Center Presents Redhead Express with The Walker Boys

Saturday, August 22, 2015, 7:00 pm

Tracks Music & Dance

Saturday, August 22, 2015, 7:00 pm

Saturday Night Square Dances

Saturday, August 22, 2015, 8:00 pm
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Upstairs Tours at Cone Manor

Sunday, August 23, 2015, 10:00 am

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Sunday, August 23, 2015, 10:00 am

Mid-Day Mountain Music

Sunday, August 23, 2015, 12:00 pm

Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, August 23, 2015, 2:00 pm
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Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Monday, August 24, 2015, 10:00 am

Mid-Day Mountain Music

Monday, August 24, 2015, 12:00 pm
25

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Tuesday, August 25, 2015, 10:00 am

Mid-Day Mountain Music

Tuesday, August 25, 2015, 12:00 pm
26

Upstairs Tours at Cone Manor

Wednesday, August 26, 2015, 10:00 am

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Wednesday, August 26, 2015, 10:00 am

Mid-Day Mountain Music

Wednesday, August 26, 2015, 12:00 pm
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Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Thursday, August 27, 2015, 10:00 am

Mid-Day Mountain Music

Thursday, August 27, 2015, 12:00 pm

Peak Perfection Vintner Dinner

Thursday, August 27, 2015, 6:00 pm

Marion Mountain Music

Thursday, August 27, 2015, 7:00 pm
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Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Friday, August 28, 2015, 10:00 am

Mid-Day Mountain Music

Friday, August 28, 2015, 12:00 pm

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, August 28, 2015, 7:00 pm
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Music in the Mountains Concert Series

Saturday, August 29, 2015, 6:30 pm

Upstairs Tour of Cone Manor

Saturday, August 29, 2015, 10:00 am

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Saturday, August 29, 2015, 10:00 am

Mid-Day Mountain Music

Saturday, August 29, 2015, 12:00 pm

The Blue Ridge Music Center Presents Steep Canyon Rangers with Mountain Park Old Time Band

Saturday, August 29, 2015, 7:00 pm

Tracks Music & Dance

Saturday, August 29, 2015, 7:00 pm

Saturday Night Square Dances

Saturday, August 29, 2015, 8:00 pm
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Upstairs Tours at Cone Manor

Sunday, August 30, 2015, 10:00 am

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Sunday, August 30, 2015, 10:00 am

Mid-Day Mountain Music

Sunday, August 30, 2015, 12:00 pm

Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, August 30, 2015, 2:00 pm
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Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Monday, August 31, 2015, 10:00 am

Mid-Day Mountain Music

Monday, August 31, 2015, 12:00 pm
         

Highlights & Happenings

  • Julian Price Memorial Park, MP 297
  • A majestic 4,200 acres at the foot of Grandfather Mountain, named in honor of Julian Price, comprises this popular park and lies directly adjacent to the Moses H. Cone Memorial Park. Together these parks make up the largest developed area set as
  • Rocky Knob & Mabry Mill, MP 169, 176.2
  • These Parkway treasures offer many opportunities for visitors including hiking, camping, picnicking, and one of the most-photographed structures along the Blue Ridge Parkway.
  • Folk Art Center, Milepost 382
  • Open year round, the Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway showcases the finest in traditional and contemporary craft of the Southern Appalachians.
  • 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 Visitor Center, MP 384
  • Visitors traveling the Blue Ridge Parkway can now make one stop to learn about the entire 469 miles and 73-year history of the Parkway. The Parkway Visitor Center opened in 2008 and unveiled innovative, high-tech interactive exhibits. The LEED-certif
  • 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
  • Civil War Sesquicentennial
  • 2015 marks the 150th year anniversary of when the last shot east of the Mississippi was fired during the Civil War, which rang out in present-day Waynesville.
  • 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.
  • Hiking Trails
  • A journey on the Blue Ridge Parkway offers motorists spectacular views of Southern Appalachia’s diverse beauty for 469.1 uninterrupted miles.
  • Blue Ridge Parkway Directory & Travel Planner
  • The 66th edition of the Blue Ridge Parkway Directory & Travel Planner is your ultimate source for planning a trip to the Blue Ridge Mountains.
  • 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.
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