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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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"The Mystery of Irma Vep"

Wednesday, September 3, 2014, 8:00 pm
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Marion Mountain Music

Thursday, September 4, 2014, 6:00 pm

Hotel Floyd Concert Series

Thursday, September 4, 2014, 6:00 pm

Pisgah District After Hours Hike

Thursday, September 4, 2014, 7:00 pm

"The Mystery of Irma Vep"

Thursday, September 4, 2014, 8:00 pm
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Pisgah District - Hike of the Week

Friday, September 5, 2014, 10:00 am

Free Guided Walking Tours of Historic Lexington

Friday, September 5, 2014, 3:00 pm

Lexington First Friday Art Walk

Friday, September 5, 2014, 5:00 pm

Old Fort Mountain Music

Friday, September 5, 2014, 7:00 pm

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, September 5, 2014, 7:00 pm

"The Mystery of Irma Vep"

Friday, September 5, 2014, 8:00 pm
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Grandfather Mountain KidFest

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Evening Campfire Program at Mt. Pisgah

Saturday, May 31, 2014, 7:30 pm

Music in the Mountains Concert Series

Saturday, June 7, 2014, 6:30 pm

Gatlinburg Farmer's Market

Saturday, September 6, 2014, 8:30 am

Black Mountain Tailgate Market

Saturday, September 6, 2014, 9:00 am

ArtsMart

Saturday, September 6, 2014, 10:00 am

Dillsboro's 125th Anniversary Celebration

Saturday, September 6, 2014, 10:00 am

110th Annual Gettysburg Wine & Music Festival

Saturday, September 6, 2014, 12:00 pm

Stevie Barr & the Mastertones w/ Slate Mountain Ramblers

Saturday, September 6, 2014, 7:00 pm

Evening Campfire Program at Linvlle Falls

Saturday, September 6, 2014, 7:00 pm

"The Mystery of Irma Vep"

Saturday, September 6, 2014, 8:00 pm
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110th Annual Gettysburg Wine & Music Festival

Sunday, September 7, 2014, 12:00 pm

Sunday Sounds at Chateau Morrisette

Sunday, September 7, 2014, 1:00 pm

Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, September 7, 2014, 2:00 pm

"The Mystery of Irma Vep"

Sunday, September 7, 2014, 8:00 pm
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"The Mystery of Irma Vep"

Monday, September 8, 2014, 8:00 pm
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Historic Marian Tailgate Market

Tuesday, September 9, 2014, 3:00 pm

Monthly Old Time Music Jam

Tuesday, September 9, 2014, 6:00 pm

"The Mystery of Irma Vep"

Tuesday, September 9, 2014, 8:00 pm
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Thunder in the Valley: McClausland’s Resistance and Hunter’s 1864 Virginia Raid

Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 6:00 pm

"The Mystery of Irma Vep"

Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 8:00 pm
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Thunder in the Valley: McClausland’s Resistance and Hunter’s 1864 Virginia Raid

Thursday, September 11, 2014, 6:00 pm

Marion Mountain Music

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Hotel Floyd Concert Series

Thursday, September 11, 2014, 6:00 pm

"The Mystery of Irma Vep"

Thursday, September 11, 2014, 8:00 pm
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Thunder in the Valley: McClausland’s Resistance and Hunter’s 1864 Virginia Raid

Friday, September 12, 2014, 6:00 pm

Pisgah District - Hike of the Week

Friday, September 12, 2014, 10:00 am

Wine & Wags

Friday, September 12, 2014, 12:00 pm

Free Guided Walking Tours of Historic Lexington

Friday, September 12, 2014, 3:00 pm

Culpeper Magical History Tour

Friday, September 12, 2014, 4:30 pm

Old Fort Mountain Music

Friday, September 12, 2014, 7:00 pm

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, September 12, 2014, 7:00 pm

"The Mystery of Irma Vep"

Friday, September 12, 2014, 8:00 pm
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Thunder in the Valley: McClausland’s Resistance and Hunter’s 1864 Virginia Raid

Saturday, September 13, 2014, 6:00 pm

44th Annual Girl Scout Day

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Evening Campfire Program at Mt. Pisgah

Saturday, May 31, 2014, 7:30 pm

Music in the Mountains Concert Series

Saturday, June 7, 2014, 6:30 pm

40th Annual East Berlin Colonial Days

Saturday, September 13, 2014, 8:00 am

Gatlinburg Farmer's Market

Saturday, September 13, 2014, 8:30 am

Black Mountain Tailgate Market

Saturday, September 13, 2014, 9:00 am

23rd Annual Overmountain Victory Celebration

Saturday, September 13, 2014, 9:00 am

13th Annual Railfest Celebration

Saturday, September 13, 2014, 9:00 am

Olde Salem Days

Saturday, September 13, 2014, 10:00 am

Black Dog Music and BBQ Festival

Saturday, September 13, 2014, 11:00 am

Afternoon Tea with Llamas

Saturday, September 13, 2014, 11:00 am

Rockbridge Pie Festival

Saturday, September 13, 2014, 12:00 pm

Kripplekrunk & The Dan River Girls

Saturday, September 13, 2014, 7:00 pm

"The Mystery of Irma Vep"

Saturday, September 13, 2014, 8:00 pm
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Thunder in the Valley: McClausland’s Resistance and Hunter’s 1864 Virginia Raid

Sunday, September 14, 2014, 6:00 pm

Southeastern Youth Slalom Championships

Sunday, September 14, 2014, 8:00 am

13th Annual Railfest Celebration

Sunday, September 14, 2014, 9:00 am

Sunday Sounds at Chateau Morrisette

Sunday, September 14, 2014, 1:00 pm

Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, September 14, 2014, 2:00 pm

"The Mystery of Irma Vep"

Sunday, September 14, 2014, 8:00 pm
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Historic Marian Tailgate Market

Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 3:00 pm
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Marion Mountain Music

Thursday, September 18, 2014, 6:00 pm

Trolley Wine Tour

Thursday, September 18, 2014, 11:30 am

Hotel Floyd Concert Series

Thursday, September 18, 2014, 6:00 pm

Pisgah District After Hours Hike

Thursday, September 18, 2014, 7:00 pm
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Pisgah District - Hike of the Week

Friday, September 19, 2014, 10:00 am

Roanoake Greek Festival

Friday, September 19, 2014, 11:00 am

Free Guided Walking Tours of Historic Lexington

Friday, September 19, 2014, 3:00 pm

Old Fort Mountain Music

Friday, September 19, 2014, 7:00 pm

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, September 19, 2014, 7:00 pm
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Evening Campfire Program at Mt. Pisgah

Saturday, September 20, 2014, 7:30 pm

Music in the Mountains Concert Series

Saturday, June 7, 2014, 6:30 pm

Gatlinburg Farmer's Market

Saturday, September 20, 2014, 8:30 am

Black Mountain Tailgate Market

Saturday, September 20, 2014, 9:00 am

Jackson County Green Energy Park Youth Arts Festival

Saturday, September 20, 2014, 9:00 am

Eisenhower World War II Weekend

Saturday, September 20, 2014, 9:00 am

Roanoake Greek Festival

Saturday, September 20, 2014, 11:00 am

25th Annual Henry Street Heritage Festival

Saturday, September 20, 2014, 11:30 am

Classic Car Cruise-In

Saturday, September 20, 2014, 3:00 pm

Big Country Bluegrass & The Wolfe Brothers String Band

Saturday, September 20, 2014, 7:00 pm
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Eisenhower World War II Weekend

Sunday, September 21, 2014, 9:00 am

Roanoake Greek Festival

Sunday, September 21, 2014, 11:00 am

23rd Annual Adams County Heritage Festival

Sunday, September 21, 2014, 12:00 pm

Sunday Sounds at Chateau Morrisette

Sunday, September 21, 2014, 1:00 pm

Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, September 21, 2014, 2:00 pm

Bring Back the Monarchs

Sunday, September 21, 2014, 2:00 pm
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Historic Marian Tailgate Market

Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 3:00 pm
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Marion Mountain Music

Thursday, September 25, 2014, 6:00 pm

Nothin' Fancy Bluegrass Festival

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Hotel Floyd Concert Series

Thursday, September 25, 2014, 6:00 pm
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Nothin' Fancy Bluegrass Festival

Friday, September 26, 2014, 6:00 pm

Oktoberfest

Friday, September 26, 2014

Guest Appreciation Festival

Friday, September 26, 2014

Pisgah District - Hike of the Week

Friday, September 26, 2014, 10:00 am

Free Guided Walking Tours of Historic Lexington

Friday, September 26, 2014, 3:00 pm

Old Fort Mountain Music

Friday, September 26, 2014, 7:00 pm

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, September 26, 2014, 7:00 pm
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Nothin' Fancy Bluegrass Festival

Saturday, September 27, 2014, 6:00 pm

Music and Art in the Mountains

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Oktoberfest

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Guest Appreciation Festival

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Evening Campfire Program at Mt. Pisgah

Saturday, May 31, 2014, 7:30 pm

Music in the Mountains Concert Series

Saturday, June 7, 2014, 6:30 pm

Gettysburg Fall Outdoor Antique Show

Saturday, September 27, 2014, 7:00 am

Pippinfest

Saturday, September 27, 2014, 8:00 am

Gatlinburg Farmer's Market

Saturday, September 27, 2014, 8:30 am

Black Mountain Tailgate Market

Saturday, September 27, 2014, 9:00 am

Mountain Heritage Day

Saturday, September 27, 2014, 9:00 am

Green Hill Highland Games

Saturday, September 27, 2014, 9:00 am

National Public Lands Day

Saturday, September 27, 2014, 9:00 am

Smith Mountain Lake Wine Festival

Saturday, September 27, 2014, 11:00 am

Across the Blue Ridge: Collectors and Song Carriers

Saturday, September 27, 2014, 4:00 pm
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Oktoberfest

Sunday, September 28, 2014, 6:00 pm

Guest Appreciation Festival

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Pippinfest

Sunday, September 28, 2014, 8:00 am

Smith Mountain Lake Wine Festival

Sunday, September 28, 2014, 11:00 am

Sunday Sounds at Chateau Morrisette

Sunday, September 28, 2014, 1:00 pm

Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, September 28, 2014, 2:00 pm
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Oktoberfest

Monday, September 29, 2014, 6:00 pm
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Oktoberfest

Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 6:00 pm

Historic Marian Tailgate Market

Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 3:00 pm

Balsam Range Concert

Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 7:30 pm
       

Highlights & Happenings

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Monacan Indian Nation Fall Festival
  • Come immerse yourself in the culture of the Monacan Indian Nation in a 3-day event including music, dancing, performances and artisans.
  • Fall Color - Tips for Leaf Season
  • 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.
  • Hiking Trails
  • A journey on the Blue Ridge Parkway offers motorists spectacular views of Southern Appalachia’s diverse beauty for 469.1 uninterrupted miles.
  • Nearby Accommodations
  • Explore the quaint towns and vibrant cities that the Blue Ridge Parkway weaves through, and a variety of lodging choices.
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