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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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MerleFest

Thursday, April 24, 2014, 6:00 pm

Earth Week

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Earth Day Festival

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Smoky Mountain Regional Bridge Conference

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Greyhounds in Gettysburg

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Marion Mountain Music

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Gatlinburg Smoky Mountain Spring: It’s a Spring Thing!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

"The Fantasticks"

Thursday, April 17, 2014, 8:00 pm

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Thursday, April 24, 2014, 11:00 am
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MerleFest

Friday, April 25, 2014, 6:00 pm

87th Annual Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival

Friday, April 25, 2014

Buchanan Civil War History Weekend

Friday, April 25, 2014

Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales

Friday, April 25, 2014

Earth Week

Friday, April 25, 2014

Smoky Mountain Regional Bridge Conference

Friday, April 25, 2014

NOC Spring Fling & ERA /Wave Sport Nantahala Open

Friday, April 25, 2014

Greyhounds in Gettysburg

Friday, April 25, 2014

Gatlinburg Smoky Mountain Spring: It’s a Spring Thing!

Friday, April 25, 2014

"The Fantasticks"

Thursday, April 17, 2014, 8:00 pm

American Odyssey Relay Race

Friday, April 25, 2014, 7:30 am

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Friday, April 25, 2014, 11:00 am

Free Guided Walking Tours of Historic Lexington

Friday, April 25, 2014, 3:00 pm

Old Fort Mountain Music

Friday, April 25, 2014, 7:00 pm

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, April 25, 2014, 7:00 pm

Earth Day 5K

Friday, April 25, 2014, 9:00 pm
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MerleFest

Saturday, April 26, 2014, 6:00 pm

87th Annual Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Buchanan Civil War History Weekend

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Earth Week

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Smoky Mountain Regional Bridge Conference

Saturday, April 26, 2014

NOC Spring Fling & ERA /Wave Sport Nantahala Open

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Greyhounds in Gettysburg

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Gatlinburg Smoky Mountain Spring: It’s a Spring Thing!

Saturday, April 26, 2014

"The Fantasticks"

Thursday, April 17, 2014, 8:00 pm

American Odyssey Relay Race

Saturday, April 26, 2014, 7:30 am

Earth Day and Peaks of Otter 50th Anniversary Celebration

Saturday, April 26, 2014, 8:00 am

Birds & Blooms Guided Hikes

Saturday, April 26, 2014, 8:00 am

Boone Birding Festival

Saturday, April 26, 2014, 8:00 am

Mountain Adventure Winery Weekend

Saturday, April 26, 2014, 8:00 am

17th Annual Greening up the Mountains

Saturday, April 26, 2014, 8:00 am

Migratory Bird Day

Saturday, April 26, 2014, 8:30 am

Earth & Arbor Day Festival @ Natural Bridge

Saturday, April 26, 2014, 9:00 am

Virginia Hot Glass Festival

Saturday, April 26, 2014, 9:00 am

Mountain Thunder Cat Show

Saturday, April 26, 2014, 9:00 am

Pioneer Day

Saturday, April 26, 2014, 9:00 am

Wine, Body & Soul

Saturday, April 26, 2014, 9:30 am

Earth Day at Peaks of Otter Lodge

Saturday, April 26, 2014, 10:00 am

Emerge and Fly

Saturday, April 26, 2014, 10:00 am

National Junior Ranger Day in the Smokies

Saturday, April 26, 2014, 10:00 am

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Saturday, April 26, 2014, 11:00 am

Vineyard Deck Music Series - Melody Cox & The Days of Wine & Posies

Saturday, April 26, 2014, 1:00 pm

Rocktown Beer & Music Festival

Saturday, April 26, 2014, 2:30 pm

Nature Through Indian Eyes

Saturday, April 26, 2014, 3:00 pm
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MerleFest

Sunday, April 27, 2014, 6:00 pm

87th Annual Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Buchanan Civil War History Weekend

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Earth Week

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Smoky Mountain Regional Bridge Conference

Sunday, April 27, 2014

NOC Spring Fling & ERA /Wave Sport Nantahala Open

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Greyhounds in Gettysburg

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Gatlinburg Smoky Mountain Spring: It’s a Spring Thing!

Sunday, April 27, 2014

"The Fantasticks"

Thursday, April 17, 2014, 8:00 pm

Annual Gettysburg North-South Marathon

Sunday, April 27, 2014, 6:00 am

Virginia Hot Glass Festival

Sunday, April 27, 2014, 10:00 am

Beautiful Butterflies

Sunday, April 27, 2014, 11:00 am

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Sunday, April 27, 2014, 11:00 am

Go Green Disc Golf Tournament

Sunday, April 27, 2014, 12:30 pm

Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, April 27, 2014, 2:00 pm

Junior Ranger Boot Camp

Sunday, April 27, 2014, 3:00 pm
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87th Annual Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival

Monday, April 28, 2014, 6:00 pm

Gatlinburg Smoky Mountain Spring: It’s a Spring Thing!

Monday, April 28, 2014

"The Fantasticks"

Thursday, April 17, 2014, 8:00 pm

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Monday, April 28, 2014, 11:00 am
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87th Annual Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival

Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 6:00 pm

Gatlinburg Smoky Mountain Spring: It’s a Spring Thing!

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

"The Fantasticks"

Thursday, April 17, 2014, 8:00 pm

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 11:00 am
30

87th Annual Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival

Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 6:00 pm

Gatlinburg Smoky Mountain Spring: It’s a Spring Thing!

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

"The Fantasticks"

Thursday, April 17, 2014, 8:00 pm

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 11:00 am
     

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.
  • Blue Ridge Music Center
  • The Blue Ridge Music Center is a state-of-the-art performing arts facility built to preserve and promote the historic music of Virginia and the Blue Ridge. The Blue Ridge region has produced more old-time and bluegrass musicians per capita than any o
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Nearby Accommodations
  • Explore the quaint towns and vibrant cities that the Blue Ridge Parkway weaves through, and a variety of lodging choices.
  • Attractions, Dining, Shopping & More
  • From fine arts to fun, experience the best places and activities to enhance your visit to the Blue Ridge Parkway region.
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  • Tips for planning your scenic drive or vacation to see the fall color along the Blue Ridge Parkway.
  • 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.
  • 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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