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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.

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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Thursday, March 5, 2015, 9:00 am

Marion Mountain Music

Thursday, March 5, 2015, 7:00 pm
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Friday, March 6, 2015, 9:00 am

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, March 6, 2015, 7:00 pm
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Saturday, March 7, 2015, 9:00 am

Kansas City Barbecue Society Judging Class

Saturday, March 7, 2015, 10:00 am

Kansas City Barbecue Society Table Captain Class

Saturday, March 7, 2015, 3:00 pm

Yoga For All at the Peaks

Saturday, March 7, 2015, 4:00 pm

Yoga For All at the Peaks

Saturday, March 7, 2015, 4:00 pm

Tracks Music & Dance

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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Sunday, March 8, 2015, 9:00 am

Group Painting

Sunday, March 8, 2015, 2:00 pm

Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, March 8, 2015, 2:00 pm
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Monday, March 9, 2015, 9:00 am
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Tuesday, March 10, 2015, 9:00 am

Monthly Old Time Music Jam

Tuesday, March 10, 2015, 6:00 pm
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Wednesday, March 11, 2015, 9:00 am
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Thursday, March 12, 2015, 9:00 am

Marion Mountain Music

Thursday, March 12, 2015, 7:00 pm
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Friday, March 13, 2015, 9:00 am

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, March 13, 2015, 7:00 pm
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Bear Crawl 5k

Saturday, March 14, 2015, 8:00 am

"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Saturday, March 14, 2015, 9:00 am

Old Fort Spring Fling 5k

Saturday, March 14, 2015, 9:15 am

Flat to Fabulous

Saturday, March 14, 2015, 10:00 am

McDonald's St. Patrick's Day Parade and Shamrock Festival

Saturday, March 14, 2015, 11:00 am

Peak Perfection Vintner Dinner

Saturday, March 14, 2015, 6:00 pm

Tracks Music & Dance

Saturday, March 14, 2015, 7:00 pm
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Sunday, March 15, 2015, 9:00 am

Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, March 15, 2015, 2:00 pm
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Thursday, March 19, 2015, 9:00 am

Marion Mountain Music

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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Friday, March 20, 2015, 9:00 am

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, March 20, 2015, 7:00 pm
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Saturday, March 21, 2015, 9:00 am

Painting Glass

Saturday, March 21, 2015, 10:00 am

Classic Car Cruise-In

Saturday, March 21, 2015, 3:00 pm

Tracks Music & Dance

Saturday, March 21, 2015, 7:00 pm

"The Future of U.S. Manned Spaceflight"

Saturday, March 21, 2015, 8:00 pm
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Sunday, March 22, 2015, 9:00 am

Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, March 22, 2015, 2:00 pm
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Thursday, March 26, 2015, 9:00 am

Marion Mountain Music

Thursday, March 26, 2015, 7:00 pm
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Friday, March 27, 2015, 9:00 am

Guest Chef Weekend at Chateau Morrisette Restaurant

Friday, March 27, 2015, 4:00 pm

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, March 27, 2015, 7:00 pm
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Saturday, March 28, 2015, 9:00 am

Flat to Fabulous

Saturday, March 28, 2015, 1:00 pm

Guest Chef Weekend at Chateau Morrisette Restaurant

Saturday, March 28, 2015, 4:00 pm

Tracks Music & Dance

Saturday, March 28, 2015, 7:00 pm
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Sunday, March 29, 2015, 9:00 am

Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, March 29, 2015, 2:00 pm

Guest Chef Weekend at Chateau Morrisette Restaurant

Sunday, March 29, 2015, 4:00 pm
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Monday, March 30, 2015, 9:00 am
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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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • Hiking Trails
  • A journey on the Blue Ridge Parkway offers motorists spectacular views of Southern Appalachia’s diverse beauty for 469.1 uninterrupted miles.
  • 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.
  • 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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