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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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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Wednesday, May 6, 2015, 9:00 am
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Thursday, May 7, 2015, 9:00 am

Marion Mountain Music

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

Friday, May 8, 2015, 9:00 am

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, May 8, 2015, 7:00 pm
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Garden Day

Saturday, May 9, 2015, 9:00 am

"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Saturday, May 9, 2015, 9:00 am

11th Annual Luray Festival of Spring

Saturday, May 9, 2015, 10:00 am

Tracks Music & Dance

Saturday, May 9, 2015, 7:00 pm
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Mothers' Day @ Poplar Forest

Sunday, May 10, 2015, 10:00 am

Group Painting

Sunday, May 10, 2015, 2:00 pm

Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, May 10, 2015, 2:00 pm
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Monthly Old Time Music Jam

Tuesday, May 12, 2015, 6:00 pm
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69th Semi-Annual Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival

Thursday, May 14, 2015, 12:00 pm

Marion Mountain Music

Thursday, May 14, 2015, 7:00 pm
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Grandfather Mountain Naturalist Weekend

Friday, May 15, 2015, 9:00 am

69th Semi-Annual Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival

Friday, May 15, 2015, 12:00 pm

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, May 15, 2015, 7:00 pm
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Gettysburg Outdoor Antique Show

Saturday, May 16, 2015, 7:00 am

Grandfather Mountain Naturalist Weekend

Saturday, May 16, 2015, 9:00 am

69th Semi-Annual Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival

Saturday, May 16, 2015, 12:00 pm

Vinton Wine & Food Festival

Saturday, May 16, 2015, 1:00 pm

Classic Car Cruise-In

Saturday, May 16, 2015, 3:00 pm

Tracks Music & Dance

Saturday, May 16, 2015, 7:00 pm
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Grandfather Mountain Naturalist Weekend

Sunday, May 17, 2015, 9:00 am

69th Semi-Annual Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival

Sunday, May 17, 2015, 12:00 pm

Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, May 17, 2015, 2:00 pm
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Marion Mountain Music

Thursday, May 21, 2015, 7:00 pm
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Festival in the Park

Friday, May 22, 2015, 11:00 am

Heritage Fest

Friday, May 22, 2015, 6:00 pm

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, May 22, 2015, 7:00 pm
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Heritage Fest

Saturday, May 23, 2015, 10:00 am

Bogs, Bugs and Beavers

Saturday, May 23, 2015, 10:30 am

Festival in the Park

Saturday, May 23, 2015, 11:00 am

7th Annual Crawfish Boil

Saturday, May 23, 2015, 5:00 pm

Tracks Music & Dance

Saturday, May 23, 2015, 7:00 pm
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Festival in the Park

Sunday, May 24, 2015, 11:00 am

Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, May 24, 2015, 2:00 pm

Winemaker's Dinner at Chateau Morrisette

Sunday, May 24, 2015, 5:00 pm

Winemaker's Dinner at Chateau Morrisette

Sunday, May 24, 2015, 5:00 pm

Chateau Morrisette Winemaker's Dinner

Sunday, May 24, 2015, 5:00 pm
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148th Memorial Day Parade and Ceremonies

Thursday, May 28, 2015, 2:00 pm

Marion Mountain Music

Thursday, May 28, 2015, 7:00 pm
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Grandfather Mountain Nature Photography Weekend

Friday, May 29, 2015, 9:00 am

17th Annual Lebanese Festival

Friday, May 29, 2015, 11:00 am

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, May 29, 2015, 7:00 pm
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Grandfather Mountain Nature Photography Weekend

Saturday, May 30, 2015, 9:00 am

Sidewalk Art Show

Saturday, May 30, 2015, 10:00 am

17th Annual Lebanese Festival

Saturday, May 30, 2015, 11:00 am

Tracks Music & Dance

Saturday, May 30, 2015, 7:00 pm
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Grandfather Mountain Nature Photography Weekend

Sunday, May 31, 2015, 9:00 am

Sidewalk Art Show

Sunday, May 31, 2015, 10:00 am

17th Annual Lebanese Festival

Sunday, May 31, 2015, 11:00 am

Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, May 31, 2015, 2:00 pm
           

Highlights & Happenings

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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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