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Pisgah Region: Day Trip Sample

A one-day trip through the Pisgah District is a long drive, but comes with unique rewards. There is a natural resource emphasis that features relic populations of plants, long vistas across rugged and remote areas, and a feel of wilderness that dominates many areas. From Mount Mitchell (Milepost 355.3) to places like Craggy Gardens (Milepost 364.3) and Devil’s Courthouse (Milepost 422.2), visitors see sites and facilities that highlight the story of biological diversity as a product of the area's varied geology and topography. In the Asheville corridor, the Folk Art Center (Milepost 382) and Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center (Milepost 384) emphasize the craft heritage and the natural, cultural, and recreational resources of the Blue Ridge region.

Morning

Heading out of Spruce Pine or Little Switzerland in the morning, you will notice the number of tunnels that begin to dominate the Parkway through the rugged mountains of this part of North Carolina. Mark Crabtree Falls as a place to come back when you have time to hike the trail (2.5 miles) to this magnificent Parkway feature. At Craggy Gardens (Milepost 364.5) stop at the visitor center for great views and exhibits on the rhododendrons that blanket the mountains here, drawing visitors for generations. A short hike (.3 miles one way) leads to a shelter built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the early days of Parkway construction.

Mid-Late Afternoon

In Asheville, visit the Southern Highland Craft Guild’s Folk Art Center (Milepost 382) and the Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center with film and exhibits (Milepost 384). Lunch in Asheville or head south for a picnic at Mount Pisgah or lunch at Pisgah Inn (Milepost 407.8).

Take your time as you enjoy “the top” of the Parkway with elevations consistently over 5,000 feet and topping 6,000 feet for a short distance. This is, without a doubt, the place where the Parkway feels the most like “wilderness.” At Graveyard Fields (Milepost 418.8), or Devil’s Courthouse (Milepost 422.4), stretch your legs by strolling at least a short part of trails that lead to vistas.

Late Afternoon – Early Evening

At Richland Balsam Overlook (Milepost 431.4) the Parkway tops out at 6,047 feet and many photos have been taken at the marker that signifies the elevation. At Waterrock Knob (Milepost 451.2) a panoramic view of many mountain ranges have given this place the reputation of having the best sunrise and sunsets anywhere on the Parkway. It is less than 20 miles to the end of the Parkway at Cherokee, NC for an evening of dining and experiencing the Native American culture of the Cherokee.

Calendar

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Gatlinburg Craftsmen's Fair

Friday, July 25, 2014, 6:00 pm

Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales

Friday, July 25, 2014

Grandfather Mountain Campout

Friday, July 25, 2014

Nature Photography Exhibit: Our Spectacular Southern Appalachians

Friday, July 25, 2014, 9:00 am

Pisgah District - Hike of the Week

Friday, July 25, 2014, 10:00 am

Live Glassblowing Demos

Friday, July 25, 2014, 10:00 am

Free Guided Walking Tours of Historic Lexington

Friday, July 25, 2014, 3:00 pm

Summertime Barrels, Bottles & Casks

Friday, July 25, 2014, 6:00 pm

16th Annual Union Beach Music Festival & Classic Car Show

Friday, July 25, 2014, 6:00 pm

Old Fort Mountain Music

Friday, July 25, 2014, 7:00 pm

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, July 25, 2014, 7:00 pm

"Boeing Boeing"

Friday, July 25, 2014, 8:00 pm

Dinosaur Train

Saturday, July 26, 2014, 11:00 am

"Miss Saigon"

Saturday, July 26, 2014, 8:00 pm
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Gatlinburg Craftsmen's Fair

Saturday, July 26, 2014, 6:00 pm

Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Grandfather Mountain Campout

Saturday, July 26, 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

16th Annual Union Beach Music Festival & Classic Car Show

Friday, July 25, 2014, 6:00 pm

Gatlinburg Farmer's Market

Saturday, July 26, 2014, 8:30 am

Nature Photography Exhibit: Our Spectacular Southern Appalachians

Saturday, July 26, 2014, 9:00 am

Black Mountain Tailgate Market

Saturday, July 26, 2014, 9:00 am

Guided Tours - Cone Manor

Saturday, July 26, 2014, 10:00 am

James River Transportation Festival

Saturday, July 26, 2014, 10:00 am

Live Glassblowing Demos

Saturday, July 26, 2014, 10:00 am

Dinosaur Train

Saturday, July 26, 2014, 11:00 am

Summertime Barrels, Bottles & Casks

Saturday, July 26, 2014, 6:00 pm

"Civil War in the Mountains"

Saturday, July 26, 2014, 7:00 pm

"Miss Saigon"

Saturday, July 26, 2014, 8:00 pm

"Boeing Boeing"

Saturday, July 26, 2014, 8:00 pm
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Gatlinburg Craftsmen's Fair

Sunday, July 27, 2014, 6:00 pm

Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Grandfather Mountain Campout

Sunday, July 27, 2014

"Miss Saigon"

Saturday, July 26, 2014, 8:00 pm

Nature Photography Exhibit: Our Spectacular Southern Appalachians

Sunday, July 27, 2014, 9:00 am

Guided Tours - Cone Manor

Sunday, July 27, 2014, 10:00 am

Live Glassblowing Demos

Sunday, July 27, 2014, 10:00 am

Sunday Sounds at Chateau Morrisette

Sunday, July 27, 2014, 1:00 pm

Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, July 27, 2014, 2:00 pm

Dinosaur Train

Sunday, July 27, 2014, 3:00 pm

"Boeing Boeing"

Sunday, July 27, 2014, 8:00 pm
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Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales

Monday, July 28, 2014, 6:00 pm

"Miss Saigon"

Saturday, July 26, 2014, 8:00 pm

Nature Photography Exhibit: Our Spectacular Southern Appalachians

Monday, July 28, 2014, 9:00 am

Live Glassblowing Demos

Monday, July 28, 2014, 10:00 am
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Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales

Tuesday, July 29, 2014, 6:00 pm

"Miss Saigon"

Saturday, July 26, 2014, 8:00 pm

Nature Photography Exhibit: Our Spectacular Southern Appalachians

Tuesday, July 29, 2014, 9:00 am

Live Glassblowing Demos

Tuesday, July 29, 2014, 10:00 am

Historic Marian Tailgate Market

Tuesday, July 29, 2014, 3:00 pm
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Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales

Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 6:00 pm

"Miss Saigon"

Saturday, July 26, 2014, 8:00 pm

Live Glassblowing Demos

Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 10:00 am
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Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales

Thursday, July 31, 2014, 6:00 pm

Marion Mountain Music

Thursday, July 31, 2014

"Miss Saigon"

Saturday, July 26, 2014, 8:00 pm

Live Glassblowing Demos

Thursday, July 31, 2014, 10:00 am

Woodsy Owl’s Curiosity Club

Thursday, July 31, 2014, 10:30 pm
   

Highlights & Happenings

  • Cumberland Knob, MP 217.5
  • Located near the Virginia state line, Cumberland Knob is the site where construction of the Blue Ridge Parkway began in 1935. It was the first recreation area opened to the public and remains a favorite destination for both locals and visitors. The m
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
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  • Explore the quaint towns and vibrant cities that the Blue Ridge Parkway weaves through, and a variety of lodging choices.
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  • 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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  • 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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