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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!

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Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, February 1, 2015, 2:00 pm
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Thursday, February 5, 2015, 9:00 am

Marion Mountain Music

Thursday, February 5, 2015, 7:00 pm
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Friday, February 6, 2015, 9:00 am

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, February 6, 2015, 7:00 pm
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Saturday, February 7, 2015, 9:00 am

WazUpWidis-Urban Race and Stair Challenge

Saturday, February 7, 2015, 9:00 am

Yoga For All at the Peaks

Saturday, February 7, 2015, 4:00 pm

Yoga For All at the Peaks

Saturday, February 7, 2015, 4:00 pm

Tracks Music & Dance

Saturday, February 7, 2015, 7:00 pm
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Sunday, February 8, 2015, 9:00 am

Group Painting

Sunday, February 8, 2015, 2:00 pm

Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, February 8, 2015, 2:00 pm
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Monday, February 9, 2015, 9:00 am
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Tuesday, February 10, 2015, 9:00 am

Monthly Old Time Music Jam

Tuesday, February 10, 2015, 6:00 pm
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Wednesday, February 11, 2015, 9:00 am
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Thursday, February 12, 2015, 9:00 am

Marion Mountain Music

Thursday, February 12, 2015, 7:00 pm
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Friday, February 13, 2015, 9:00 am

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, February 13, 2015, 7:00 pm
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Saturday, February 14, 2015, 9:00 am

Peak Perfection Vintner Dinner

Saturday, February 14, 2015, 6:00 pm

Tracks Music & Dance

Saturday, February 14, 2015, 7:00 pm
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Sunday, February 15, 2015, 9:00 am

Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, February 15, 2015, 2:00 pm
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Monday, February 16, 2015, 9:00 am
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Tuesday, February 17, 2015, 9:00 am
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Wednesday, February 18, 2015, 9:00 am
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Thursday, February 19, 2015, 9:00 am

Marion Mountain Music

Thursday, February 19, 2015, 7:00 pm
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Friday, February 20, 2015, 9:00 am

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, February 20, 2015, 7:00 pm
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Saturday, February 21, 2015, 9:00 am

Orienteering Treasure Hunt

Saturday, February 21, 2015, 2:00 pm

Classic Car Cruise-In

Saturday, February 21, 2015, 3:00 pm

Tracks Music & Dance

Saturday, February 21, 2015, 7:00 pm
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Sunday, February 22, 2015, 9:00 am

Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, February 22, 2015, 2:00 pm
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Monday, February 23, 2015, 9:00 am
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Tuesday, February 24, 2015, 9:00 am
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Wednesday, February 25, 2015, 9:00 am
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Thursday, February 26, 2015, 9:00 am

Marion Mountain Music

Thursday, February 26, 2015, 7:00 pm
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Friday, February 27, 2015, 9:00 am

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, February 27, 2015, 7:00 pm
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Western North Carolina's Largest Indoor Yard Sale

Saturday, February 28, 2015, 8:00 am

"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Saturday, February 28, 2015, 9:00 am

Tracks Music & Dance

Saturday, February 28, 2015, 7:00 pm
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Highlights & Happenings

  • 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
  • Peaks of Otter, MP 86
  • With stunning views, natural beauty, and the surrounding Jefferson National Forest, it’s no wonder the Peaks of Otter area has attracted people to the region for more than 8,000 years.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Fall Color - Tips for Leaf Season
  • Tips for planning your scenic drive or vacation to see the fall color along the Blue Ridge Parkway.
  • Hiking Trails
  • A journey on the Blue Ridge Parkway offers motorists spectacular views of Southern Appalachia’s diverse beauty for 469.1 uninterrupted miles.
  • 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.
  • Nearby Accommodations
  • Explore the quaint towns and vibrant cities that the Blue Ridge Parkway weaves through, and a variety of lodging choices.
  • 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.
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