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North Carolina Experiences by Milepost

  • 216.9: NC - VA State Line. Alt. 2,547.
  • 217.5: Cumberland Knob. 1,000 acres, picnic area, comfort stations, drinking water. 15-minute loop trail to Cumberland Knob. (Elev. 2,855). Loop trail into Gully Creek Gorge. 2 hours.
  • 218.6: Fox Hunters Paradise. Overlook and parking area. 10 minutes by trail to the Paradise, where old-time hunters listened to their hounds. Alt. 2,805.
  • 229: US 21 Crossover. West 7 mi. to Sparta, NC., 17 miles to Independence, VA. East 4 Mi. to Roaring Gap, NC.
  • 238.5: Doughton Park, 7,000 acres - Picnic area (Milepost 241), campground (Milepost 239), trailer sites, comfort stations, drinking water, 30 miles of trail. At Milepost 238.5 is the picturesque Brinegar Cabin. Be sure to visit Wildcat Rocks (Milepost 241.1), to view the Caudill House, a survivor from a community largely destroyed by an early 20th century flood.
  • 248.1: NC 18 Crossover 2 Mi. west of Laurel Springs. 24 mi. east to North Wilkesboro, NC.
  • 261: NC 16 Crossover. West 12 mi. to Jefferson, 14 mi. to West Jefferson, 26 mi to Grassey Creek. East 20 mi. to North Wilkesboro.
  • 268: Benge Gap.
  • 272: E.B. Jeffress Park. Picnic area, Comfort station, trail to Cascades.
  • 276.4: Deep Gap. US 421 Crossover. W. 11 mi. to Boone. E 26 miles to North Wilkesboro.
  • 291.9: US 221/321 Crossover. 7 mi. north to Boone, 2 mi. south to Blowing Rock.
  • 292.7: Moses H. Cone Memorial Park, 3,600 acres. Many miles of horse and carriage trails, hiking, fishing.
  • 294: Historic Flat Top Manor House; Parkway Craft Center; comfort station; visitor information, publications.
  • 295: Julian Price Memorial Park. 4,344 acres. Campground, picnic area, lake, boating, fishing, trails. Alt. 3,400. Reservations for camping www.recreation.gov.
  • 304.4: Linn Cove Viaduct Information Center. Visitor information, comfort station, publications. Trail access viaduct. Alt. 4,000.
  • 305.2: Junction Parkway and US 221. 3 mi. west to Linville.
  • 308.2: Flat Rock Parking Area. Self-guiding nature trail to superb view of Linville Valley and Grandfather Mountain.
  • 312: NC 181 Crossover, 32 miles southeast to Morganton, 2 mi. north to Pineola.
  • 316.3: Linville Falls. Visitor Center. Campground and picnic area. Trail to overlooks of falls and gorge. For more information on Linville Falls, click here. For camping reservations www.recreation.gov.
  • 316.4: Linville River Parking Area. One of the Parkway’s largest stone arch bridges. Three spans of 80 feet each. Fish in Linville River. Picnic area. Comfort Station. Alt. 3,250. Take Spur Rd. to Linville Falls, campground and visitor center.
  • 317.4: South 1 mi. to Linville Falls community. 24 mi. To Marion.
  • 320.7: Chestoa View offers an unusually fine view from one of the many vertical cliffs on Humpback Mountain.
  • 331: NC 226 Crossover. 6 mi. north to Spruce Pine. 14 mi. south to Marion.
  • 331: Museum of North Carolina Minerals. Junction of Parkway & NC 226. Features minerals found in North Carolina and regional geology. County Chamber of Commerce Office. Restrooms. Open daily year around.
  • 331: Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail - Commemorates the campaign leading up to the American victory at Kings Mountain in 1780. Route crosses the Blue Ridge Parkway at Gillespie Gap, near the Mineral Museum. Administered by the National Park Service. www.nps.gov/ovvi.
  • 334: NC 226A Crossover to Little Switzerland.
  • 339.5: Crabtree Falls. 250 acres. Hiking, picnic area, camping, comfort station, drinking water. 40-minute walk to Crabtree Falls.
  • 340.3: Crabtree Falls, campground.
  • 344: Buck Creek Gap, NC 80 Crossover. North 16 mi. to Burnsville, south 16 miles to Marion.
  • 355.4: NC 128. To Mount Mitchell State Park. Highest Peak in Eastern U.S.A., Observation Tower, Tent Camping Area, Trails, Nature Study, Picnic Area, Natural History Museum, Restaurant. (May-October).
  • 364.4: Craggy Gardens Visitor Center. Information, exhibits, publications. (May-October) Trails.
  • 367.6: Spur to Craggy Gardens. Picnic area, Comfort Station, trails.
  • 376.6: NC 694, Ox Creek Road. Scenic Elk Mountain Highway. 8 miles to Weaverville. 7 miles to Asheville.
  • 377.4: NC 694. Mountain Town Road. 7 Miles to Asheville.
  • 382: Southern Highland Folk Art Center - Parkway information station, publications. Headquarters of Southern Highland Handicraft Guild, craft sales, demonstrations and exhibits, interpretive talks and other programs, conferences, craft library, auditorium and Guild offices. Hours: Daily 9-5. Hours extended in summer. (handicapped friendly).
  • 382.6: Junction Parkway and US 70. West 1 mi. to Oteen, 5 mi. to Asheville. East 10 mi. to Black Mountain.
  • 384: Blue Ridge Parkway Headquarters is located just off the Parkway at Milepost 383. Information may be obtained by writing to this address: 199 Hemphill Knob Rd, Asheville, NC 28803 or calling (828) 298-0398. Detailed information may be found on the Internet Parkway Web Site at www.nps.gov/blri Brochures also available in French, German and Spanish.
  • 384: Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center - Information desk, museum quality exhibits, a 22-foot interactive map and a dramatic 24-minute Parkway movie. Open daily 9-5. www.blueridgeheritage.com (828) 298-5330.
  • 384.7: US 74A Crossover. West 3 mi. to Asheville. East to Chimney Rock, Bat Cave, Gerton, and Lake Lure.
  • 388.8: US 25 Crossover. North 5 mi. to Asheville.
  • 393.6: NC 191 Crossover. 6 miles north to Asheville. 20 miles south to Hendersonville.
  • 405.5: NC 151. 15 miles north to Candler.
  • 408.6: Mount Pisgah. Campground w/showers, picnic area, trails, (May-November). Mount Pisgah was part of the 100,000-acre estate bought in the late 1800s by George W. Vanderbilt. The first forestry school in America was established on the estate. A large part of the woodland, the first large tract of managed forest in this country, became the nucleus of Pisgah National Forest. For camping reservations www.recreation.gov
  • 412.2: Wagon Road Gap. US 276 Crossover. South 18 mi. to Brevard, north 8 mi. to Cruso, 22 mi. to Waynesville.
  • 417: Looking Glass Rock. So named because it reflects light brilliantly when water and ice are on the rock’s granite face.
  • 418.8: Graveyard Fields Overlook. Loop trail of moderate difficulty, 2.3 miles, to Yellowstone Falls.
  • 422.4: Devil’s Courthouse Parking Area. Strenuous 1/2 mile hike to “Courthouse” for 360 degree view. Sensitive habitat area. Please stay on trail.
  • 423.3: Beech Gap. NC 215 Crossover. North 24 miles to Waynesville, south 17 miles to Rosman.
  • 431.0: Haywood-Jackson Overlook. 1 1/2 mile selfguided loop trail, of moderate difficulty, to summit of Richland Balsam.
  • 431.4: Richland Balsam Overlook. Highest point on Blue Ridge Parkway motor road. Alt. 6,047.
  • 443.1: Balsam Gap. US 74-23 Crossover. East 7 mi. to Waynesville, west 12 mi. to Sylva.
  • 451.2: Waterrock Knob Parking Overlook. Visitor Information Center, Comfort Station. 4-State view including fine panorama of the Great Smoky Mountains. Trail, with pedestrian overlooks, to the Knob.
  • 455.7: Soco Gap, US 19 Crossover. 12 miles west to Cherokee, 5 miles east to Maggie Valley.
  • 458.2: Heintooga Ridge Rd. Spur to Mile High Overlook. 12 miles to Great Smoky Mtns. National Park Campground.
  • 461.9: Big Witch Overlook
  • 469.1: Junction Parkway and US 441. 2 miles south to Cherokee, 29 miles north to Gatlinburg. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is located equally in North Carolina and Tennessee. The Park’s 507,168 acres may viewed from paved roads and many wilderness trails. Information bulletin board. Oconaluftee Visitor Center near Parkway & US 441.

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Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Monday, July 6, 2015, 10:00 am

Salem Fair

Monday, July 6, 2015, 4:00 pm
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Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Tuesday, July 7, 2015, 10:00 am

Salem Fair

Tuesday, July 7, 2015, 4:00 pm
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Upstairs Tours at Cone Manor

Wednesday, July 8, 2015, 10:00 am

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Wednesday, July 8, 2015, 10:00 am

Junior Forester Program

Wednesday, July 8, 2015, 10:30 am

Salem Fair

Wednesday, July 8, 2015, 4:00 pm
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Grandfather Mountain Highland Games

Thursday, July 9, 2015, 6:00 pm

Gettysburg Bike Week

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Thursday, July 9, 2015, 10:00 am

Salem Fair

Thursday, July 9, 2015, 4:00 pm

Marion Mountain Music

Thursday, July 9, 2015, 7:00 pm
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Grandfather Mountain Highland Games

Friday, July 10, 2015, 6:00 pm

Gettysburg Bike Week

Friday, July 10, 2015

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Friday, July 10, 2015, 10:00 am

Salem Fair

Friday, July 10, 2015, 4:00 pm

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, July 10, 2015, 7:00 pm
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Grandfather Mountain Highland Games

Saturday, July 11, 2015, 6:00 pm

Gettysburg Bike Week

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Music in the Mountains Concert Series

Saturday, June 6, 2015, 6:30 pm

Upstairs Tour of Cone Manor

Saturday, July 11, 2015, 10:00 am

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Saturday, July 11, 2015, 10:00 am

Horse & Hound Festival

Saturday, July 11, 2015, 11:00 am

The Black Dog Arts Festival

Saturday, July 11, 2015, 12:00 pm

The Black Dog Arts Festival

Saturday, July 11, 2015, 12:00 pm

Salem Fair

Saturday, July 11, 2015, 4:00 pm

Tracks Music & Dance

Saturday, July 11, 2015, 7:00 pm

Winged Creatures of the Night Twilight Tour

Saturday, July 11, 2015, 7:30 pm

Saturday Night Square Dances

Saturday, July 11, 2015, 8:00 pm

The Chesapeake Bay Impact Crater

Saturday, July 11, 2015, 9:00 pm
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Grandfather Mountain Highland Games

Sunday, July 12, 2015, 6:00 pm

Gettysburg Bike Week

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Upstairs Tours at Cone Manor

Sunday, July 12, 2015, 10:00 am

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Sunday, July 12, 2015, 10:00 am

The Black Dog Arts Festival

Sunday, July 12, 2015, 12:00 pm

Group Painting

Sunday, July 12, 2015, 2:00 pm

Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, July 12, 2015, 2:00 pm

Salem Fair

Sunday, July 12, 2015, 4:00 pm

Songcatchers Music Series

Sunday, July 12, 2015, 4:30 pm
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Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Monday, July 13, 2015, 10:00 am
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Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Tuesday, July 14, 2015, 10:00 am

Monthly Old Time Music Jam

Tuesday, July 14, 2015, 6:00 pm
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Upstairs Tours at Cone Manor

Wednesday, July 15, 2015, 10:00 am

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Wednesday, July 15, 2015, 10:00 am
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Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Thursday, July 16, 2015, 10:00 am

Marion Mountain Music

Thursday, July 16, 2015, 7:00 pm
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Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Friday, July 17, 2015, 10:00 am

Dinosaur Train™

Friday, July 17, 2015, 11:00 am

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, July 17, 2015, 7:00 pm
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Music in the Mountains Concert Series

Saturday, July 18, 2015, 6:30 pm

Train History Day

Saturday, July 18, 2015, 9:00 am

Arts & Craft Market

Saturday, July 18, 2015, 10:00 am

Upstairs Tour of Cone Manor

Saturday, July 18, 2015, 10:00 am

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Saturday, July 18, 2015, 10:00 am

Dinosaur Train™

Saturday, July 18, 2015, 11:00 am

6th Annual Gettysburg National Base Ball Festival

Saturday, July 18, 2015, 12:00 pm

Classic Car Cruise-In

Saturday, July 18, 2015, 3:00 pm

Twilight Hike @ Peaks of Otter

Saturday, July 18, 2015, 7:00 pm

Tracks Music & Dance

Saturday, July 18, 2015, 7:00 pm

Saturday Night Square Dances

Saturday, July 18, 2015, 8:00 pm
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Orienteering Treasure Hunt

Sunday, July 19, 2015, 10:00 am

Upstairs Tours at Cone Manor

Sunday, July 19, 2015, 10:00 am

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Sunday, July 19, 2015, 10:00 am

6th Annual Gettysburg National Base Ball Festival

Sunday, July 19, 2015, 12:00 pm

Mountain Music Series

Sunday, July 19, 2015, 2:00 pm

Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, July 19, 2015, 2:00 pm

Dinosaur Train™

Sunday, July 19, 2015, 3:00 pm

Songcatchers Music Series

Sunday, July 19, 2015, 4:30 pm
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Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Monday, July 20, 2015, 10:00 am
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Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Tuesday, July 21, 2015, 10:00 am
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Upstairs Tours at Cone Manor

Wednesday, July 22, 2015, 10:00 am

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Wednesday, July 22, 2015, 10:00 am

Junior Forester Program

Wednesday, July 22, 2015, 10:30 am
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Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Thursday, July 23, 2015, 10:00 am

Marion Mountain Music

Thursday, July 23, 2015, 7:00 pm
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Grandfather Mountain Campout

Friday, July 24, 2015, 6:00 pm

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Friday, July 24, 2015, 10:00 am

Dinosaur Train™

Friday, July 24, 2015, 11:00 am

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, July 24, 2015, 7:00 pm
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Grandfather Mountain Campout

Saturday, July 25, 2015, 6:00 pm

Music in the Mountains Concert Series

Saturday, June 6, 2015, 6:30 pm

Upstairs Tour of Cone Manor

Saturday, July 25, 2015, 10:00 am

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Saturday, July 25, 2015, 10:00 am

Dinosaur Train™

Saturday, July 25, 2015, 11:00 am

Tracks Music & Dance

Saturday, July 25, 2015, 7:00 pm

Saturday Night Square Dances

Saturday, July 25, 2015, 8:00 pm
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Upstairs Tours at Cone Manor

Sunday, July 26, 2015, 10:00 am

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Sunday, July 26, 2015, 10:00 am

Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, July 26, 2015, 2:00 pm

Dinosaur Train™

Sunday, July 26, 2015, 3:00 pm

Songcatchers Music Series

Sunday, July 26, 2015, 4:30 pm
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Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Monday, July 27, 2015, 10:00 am
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Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Tuesday, July 28, 2015, 10:00 am
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Upstairs Tours at Cone Manor

Wednesday, July 29, 2015, 10:00 am

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Wednesday, July 29, 2015, 10:00 am
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Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Thursday, July 30, 2015, 10:00 am

Peak Perfection Vintner Dinner

Thursday, July 30, 2015, 6:00 pm

Marion Mountain Music

Thursday, July 30, 2015, 7:00 pm
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Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Friday, July 31, 2015, 10:00 am

Dinosaur Train™

Friday, July 31, 2015, 11:00 am

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, July 31, 2015, 7:00 pm
 

Highlights & Happenings

  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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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