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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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Marion Mountain Music

Thursday, August 21, 2014, 6:00 pm

"Miss Saigon"

Saturday, July 26, 2014, 8:00 pm

92nd Annual South Mountain Fair

Thursday, August 21, 2014, 8:00 am

Gather Round the Blue Ridge 2014

Thursday, August 21, 2014, 9:00 am

Live Glassblowing Demos

Thursday, August 21, 2014, 10:00 am

Trolley Wine Tour

Thursday, August 21, 2014, 11:30 am

Hotel Floyd Concert Series

Thursday, August 21, 2014, 6:00 pm

Pisgah District After Hours Hike

Thursday, August 21, 2014, 7:00 pm

"The Mystery of Irma Vep"

Thursday, August 21, 2014, 8:00 pm
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"Miss Saigon"

Friday, August 22, 2014, 8:00 pm

92nd Annual South Mountain Fair

Friday, August 22, 2014, 8:00 am

Pisgah District - Hike of the Week

Friday, August 22, 2014, 10:00 am

Live Glassblowing Demos

Friday, August 22, 2014, 10:00 am

Free Guided Walking Tours of Historic Lexington

Friday, August 22, 2014, 3:00 pm

Dedication of the 100th Kids in Parks TRACK Trail

Friday, August 22, 2014, 3:00 pm

Old Fort Mountain Music

Friday, August 22, 2014, 7:00 pm

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, August 22, 2014, 7:00 pm

"The Mystery of Irma Vep"

Friday, August 22, 2014, 8:00 pm
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Naturefest

Saturday, August 23, 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

"Miss Saigon"

Saturday, July 26, 2014, 8:00 pm

World Kayak Pro-Am

Saturday, August 23, 2014, 6:00 am

WNC's Largest Indoor Yard Sale

Saturday, August 23, 2014, 8:00 am

92nd Annual South Mountain Fair

Saturday, August 23, 2014, 8:00 am

Gatlinburg Farmer's Market

Saturday, August 23, 2014, 8:30 am

Rockbridge Community Festival

Saturday, August 23, 2014, 9:00 am

Black Mountain Tailgate Market

Saturday, August 23, 2014, 9:00 am

Live Glassblowing Demos

Saturday, August 23, 2014, 10:00 am

Upstairs Tours - Cone Manor

Saturday, August 23, 2014, 10:00 am

Downtown Sidewalk Sale

Saturday, August 23, 2014, 10:00 am

Inaugural Gettysburg Brew Fest

Saturday, August 23, 2014, 4:30 pm

"In the Arts We Will Shine" Lecture

Saturday, August 23, 2014, 6:00 pm

"The Mystery of Irma Vep"

Saturday, August 23, 2014, 8:00 pm

5th Annual Roanoke Wing Fest

Saturday, August 23, 2014, 11:00 pm
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"Miss Saigon"

Sunday, August 24, 2014, 8:00 pm

Live Glassblowing Demos

Sunday, August 24, 2014, 10:00 am

Upstairs Tours - Cone Manor

Sunday, August 24, 2014, 10:00 am

Sunday Sounds at Chateau Morrisette

Sunday, August 24, 2014, 1:00 pm

Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, August 24, 2014, 2:00 pm

"The Mystery of Irma Vep"

Sunday, August 24, 2014, 8:00 pm
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Live Glassblowing Demos

Monday, August 25, 2014, 10:00 am

"The Mystery of Irma Vep"

Monday, August 25, 2014, 8:00 pm
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Live Glassblowing Demos

Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 10:00 am

Historic Marian Tailgate Market

Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 3:00 pm

"The Mystery of Irma Vep"

Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 8:00 pm
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Live Glassblowing Demos

Wednesday, August 27, 2014, 10:00 am

"The Mystery of Irma Vep"

Wednesday, August 27, 2014, 8:00 pm
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Marion Mountain Music

Thursday, August 28, 2014, 6:00 pm

Live Glassblowing Demos

Thursday, August 28, 2014, 10:00 am

Hotel Floyd Concert Series

Thursday, August 28, 2014, 6:00 pm

"The Mystery of Irma Vep"

Thursday, August 28, 2014, 8:00 pm
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Pisgah District - Hike of the Week

Friday, August 29, 2014, 10:00 am

Live Glassblowing Demos

Friday, August 29, 2014, 10:00 am

Free Guided Walking Tours of Historic Lexington

Friday, August 29, 2014, 3:00 pm

Old Fort Mountain Music

Friday, August 29, 2014, 7:00 pm

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, August 29, 2014, 7:00 pm

"The Mystery of Irma Vep"

Friday, August 29, 2014, 8:00 pm
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5th Annual LakeAlooza

Saturday, August 30, 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, August 30, 2014, 8:30 am

Rockfest

Saturday, August 30, 2014, 9:00 am

Black Mountain Tailgate Market

Saturday, August 30, 2014, 9:00 am

BBQ and Brews Dinner Train

Saturday, August 30, 2014, 7:00 pm

"The Mystery of Irma Vep"

Saturday, August 30, 2014, 8:00 pm
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Sunday Sounds at Chateau Morrisette

Sunday, August 31, 2014, 1:00 pm

Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, August 31, 2014, 2:00 pm

"The Mystery of Irma Vep"

Sunday, August 31, 2014, 8:00 pm
           

Highlights & Happenings

  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Nearby Accommodations
  • Explore the quaint towns and vibrant cities that the Blue Ridge Parkway weaves through, and a variety of lodging choices.
  • Attractions, Dining, Shopping & More
  • From fine arts to fun, experience the best places and activities to enhance your visit to the Blue Ridge Parkway region.
  • 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.
  • 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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