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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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Pet-Friendly Orienteering Treasure Hunt

Sunday, August 2, 2015, 10:00 am

Upstairs Tours at Cone Manor

Sunday, August 2, 2015, 10:00 am

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Sunday, August 2, 2015, 10:00 am

Mid-Day Mountain Music

Sunday, August 2, 2015, 12:00 pm

First Sunday Jazz Series

Sunday, August 2, 2015, 1:00 pm

First Sunday Jazz Series

Sunday, August 2, 2015, 1:00 pm

"Gypsy"

Sunday, August 2, 2015, 2:00 pm

Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, August 2, 2015, 2:00 pm

Dinosaur Train™

Sunday, August 2, 2015, 3:00 pm
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Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Monday, August 3, 2015, 10:00 am

Mid-Day Mountain Music

Monday, August 3, 2015, 12:00 pm

"Gypsy"

Monday, August 3, 2015, 2:00 pm
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Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Tuesday, August 4, 2015, 10:00 am

Mid-Day Mountain Music

Tuesday, August 4, 2015, 12:00 pm

"Gypsy"

Tuesday, August 4, 2015, 2:00 pm
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Upstairs Tours at Cone Manor

Wednesday, August 5, 2015, 10:00 am

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Wednesday, August 5, 2015, 10:00 am

Junior Forester Program

Wednesday, August 5, 2015, 10:30 am

Mid-Day Mountain Music

Wednesday, August 5, 2015, 12:00 pm

"Gypsy"

Wednesday, August 5, 2015, 2:00 pm
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Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Thursday, August 6, 2015, 10:00 am

Mid-Day Mountain Music

Thursday, August 6, 2015, 12:00 pm

"Gypsy"

Thursday, August 6, 2015, 2:00 pm

Marion Mountain Music

Thursday, August 6, 2015, 7:00 pm
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Mt. Mitchell Crafts Fair

Friday, August 7, 2015, 9:00 am

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Friday, August 7, 2015, 10:00 am

Mid-Day Mountain Music

Friday, August 7, 2015, 12:00 pm

"Gypsy"

Friday, August 7, 2015, 2:00 pm

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, August 7, 2015, 7:00 pm
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NatureFest

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Music in the Mountains Concert Series

Saturday, June 6, 2015, 6:30 pm

Mt. Mitchell Crafts Fair

Saturday, August 8, 2015, 9:00 am

Wood Day at the Folk Art Center

Saturday, August 8, 2015, 10:00 am

Upstairs Tour of Cone Manor

Saturday, August 8, 2015, 10:00 am

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Saturday, August 8, 2015, 10:00 am

Mid-Day Mountain Music

Saturday, August 8, 2015, 12:00 pm

The Black Dog Music and BBQ Festival

Saturday, August 8, 2015, 12:00 pm

"Gypsy"

Saturday, August 8, 2015, 2:00 pm

Tracks Music & Dance

Saturday, August 8, 2015, 7:00 pm

The Lives of the Stars

Saturday, August 8, 2015, 8:00 pm

Saturday Night Square Dances

Saturday, August 8, 2015, 8:00 pm

New Horizons to Pluto

Saturday, August 8, 2015, 9:00 pm
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Upstairs Tours at Cone Manor

Sunday, August 9, 2015, 10:00 am

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Sunday, August 9, 2015, 10:00 am

Mid-Day Mountain Music

Sunday, August 9, 2015, 12:00 pm

Beer and Brats

Sunday, August 9, 2015, 12:00 pm

"Gypsy"

Sunday, August 9, 2015, 2:00 pm

Group Painting

Sunday, August 9, 2015, 2:00 pm

Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, August 9, 2015, 2:00 pm
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Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Monday, August 10, 2015, 10:00 am

Mid-Day Mountain Music

Monday, August 10, 2015, 12:00 pm

"Gypsy"

Monday, August 10, 2015, 2:00 pm
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Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Tuesday, August 11, 2015, 10:00 am

Mid-Day Mountain Music

Tuesday, August 11, 2015, 12:00 pm

"Gypsy"

Tuesday, August 11, 2015, 2:00 pm

Monthly Old Time Music Jam

Tuesday, August 11, 2015, 6:00 pm
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Upstairs Tours at Cone Manor

Wednesday, August 12, 2015, 10:00 am

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Wednesday, August 12, 2015, 10:00 am

Mid-Day Mountain Music

Wednesday, August 12, 2015, 12:00 pm

"Gypsy"

Wednesday, August 12, 2015, 2:00 pm
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70th Semi-Annual Gettysburg Fall Bluegrass Festival

Thursday, August 13, 2015, 6:00 pm

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Thursday, August 13, 2015, 10:00 am

Mid-Day Mountain Music

Thursday, August 13, 2015, 12:00 pm

"Gypsy"

Thursday, August 13, 2015, 2:00 pm

Marion Mountain Music

Thursday, August 13, 2015, 7:00 pm
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70th Semi-Annual Gettysburg Fall Bluegrass Festival

Friday, August 14, 2015, 6:00 pm

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Friday, August 14, 2015, 10:00 am

Mid-Day Mountain Music

Friday, August 14, 2015, 12:00 pm

"Gypsy"

Friday, August 14, 2015, 2:00 pm

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, August 14, 2015, 7:00 pm
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Grandfather Mountain Camera Clinic

Saturday, August 15, 2015, 6:00 pm

70th Semi-Annual Gettysburg Fall Bluegrass Festival

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Music in the Mountains Concert Series

Saturday, June 6, 2015, 6:30 pm

Upstairs Tour of Cone Manor

Saturday, August 15, 2015, 10:00 am

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Saturday, August 15, 2015, 10:00 am

Mid-Day Mountain Music

Saturday, August 15, 2015, 12:00 pm

"Gypsy"

Saturday, August 15, 2015, 2:00 pm

Classic Car Cruise-In

Saturday, August 15, 2015, 3:00 pm

Blue Ridge Music Center Presents Spencer Branch with Mickey Galyean & Cullen's Bridge

Saturday, August 15, 2015, 7:00 pm

Twilight Hike @ Peaks of Otter

Saturday, August 15, 2015, 7:00 pm

Tracks Music & Dance

Saturday, August 15, 2015, 7:00 pm

Saturday Night Square Dances

Saturday, August 15, 2015, 8:00 pm
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Grandfather Mountain Camera Clinic

Sunday, August 16, 2015, 6:00 pm

70th Semi-Annual Gettysburg Fall Bluegrass Festival

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Orienteering Treasure Hunt

Sunday, August 16, 2015, 10:00 am

Upstairs Tours at Cone Manor

Sunday, August 16, 2015, 10:00 am

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Sunday, August 16, 2015, 10:00 am

Mid-Day Mountain Music

Sunday, August 16, 2015, 12:00 pm

"Gypsy"

Sunday, August 16, 2015, 2:00 pm

Mountain Music Series

Sunday, August 16, 2015, 2:00 pm

Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, August 16, 2015, 2:00 pm
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Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Monday, August 17, 2015, 10:00 am

Mid-Day Mountain Music

Monday, August 17, 2015, 12:00 pm
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Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Tuesday, August 18, 2015, 10:00 am

Mid-Day Mountain Music

Tuesday, August 18, 2015, 12:00 pm

93rd Annual South Mountain Fair

Tuesday, August 18, 2015, 4:00 pm
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Upstairs Tours at Cone Manor

Wednesday, August 19, 2015, 10:00 am

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Wednesday, August 19, 2015, 10:00 am

Mid-Day Mountain Music

Wednesday, August 19, 2015, 12:00 pm

93rd Annual South Mountain Fair

Wednesday, August 19, 2015, 4:00 pm
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Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Thursday, August 20, 2015, 10:00 am

Mid-Day Mountain Music

Thursday, August 20, 2015, 12:00 pm

93rd Annual South Mountain Fair

Thursday, August 20, 2015, 4:00 pm

Marion Mountain Music

Thursday, August 20, 2015, 7:00 pm
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Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Friday, August 21, 2015, 10:00 am

Mid-Day Mountain Music

Friday, August 21, 2015, 12:00 pm

93rd Annual South Mountain Fair

Friday, August 21, 2015, 4:00 pm

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, August 21, 2015, 7:00 pm
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Music in the Mountains Concert Series

Saturday, August 22, 2015, 6:30 pm

Upstairs Tour of Cone Manor

Saturday, August 22, 2015, 10:00 am

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Saturday, August 22, 2015, 10:00 am

6th Annual Roanoke Wing Fest

Saturday, August 22, 2015, 11:00 am

Mid-Day Mountain Music

Saturday, August 22, 2015, 12:00 pm

2nd Gettysburg Brew Fest

Saturday, August 22, 2015, 4:00 pm

93rd Annual South Mountain Fair

Saturday, August 22, 2015, 4:00 pm

Blue Ridge Music Center Presents Redhead Express with The Walker Boys

Saturday, August 22, 2015, 7:00 pm

Tracks Music & Dance

Saturday, August 22, 2015, 7:00 pm

Saturday Night Square Dances

Saturday, August 22, 2015, 8:00 pm
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Upstairs Tours at Cone Manor

Sunday, August 23, 2015, 10:00 am

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Sunday, August 23, 2015, 10:00 am

Mid-Day Mountain Music

Sunday, August 23, 2015, 12:00 pm

Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, August 23, 2015, 2:00 pm
24

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Monday, August 24, 2015, 10:00 am

Mid-Day Mountain Music

Monday, August 24, 2015, 12:00 pm
25

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Tuesday, August 25, 2015, 10:00 am

Mid-Day Mountain Music

Tuesday, August 25, 2015, 12:00 pm
26

Upstairs Tours at Cone Manor

Wednesday, August 26, 2015, 10:00 am

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Wednesday, August 26, 2015, 10:00 am

Mid-Day Mountain Music

Wednesday, August 26, 2015, 12:00 pm
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Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Thursday, August 27, 2015, 10:00 am

Mid-Day Mountain Music

Thursday, August 27, 2015, 12:00 pm

Peak Perfection Vintner Dinner

Thursday, August 27, 2015, 6:00 pm

Marion Mountain Music

Thursday, August 27, 2015, 7:00 pm
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Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Friday, August 28, 2015, 10:00 am

Mid-Day Mountain Music

Friday, August 28, 2015, 12:00 pm

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, August 28, 2015, 7:00 pm
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Music in the Mountains Concert Series

Saturday, August 29, 2015, 6:30 pm

Upstairs Tour of Cone Manor

Saturday, August 29, 2015, 10:00 am

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Saturday, August 29, 2015, 10:00 am

Mid-Day Mountain Music

Saturday, August 29, 2015, 12:00 pm

The Blue Ridge Music Center Presents Steep Canyon Rangers with Mountain Park Old Time Band

Saturday, August 29, 2015, 7:00 pm

Tracks Music & Dance

Saturday, August 29, 2015, 7:00 pm

Saturday Night Square Dances

Saturday, August 29, 2015, 8:00 pm
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Upstairs Tours at Cone Manor

Sunday, August 30, 2015, 10:00 am

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Sunday, August 30, 2015, 10:00 am

Mid-Day Mountain Music

Sunday, August 30, 2015, 12:00 pm

Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, August 30, 2015, 2:00 pm
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Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Monday, August 31, 2015, 10:00 am

Mid-Day Mountain Music

Monday, August 31, 2015, 12:00 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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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