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The Cradle of Forestry in America is a 6500-acre historic site created by Congress in 1968 that commemorates the birthplace of science-based forest management in the United States. The site is open April – November and offers three miles of paved interpretive trails, exhibits, film, music, crafts, education programs,… Read More
Crossnore Weavers & Fine Arts Gallery – Explore the art of Appalachian hand weaving in our working museum. Quality wearables, table and kitchen linens, and home decor hand woven by local artisans. Gallery features artists, sculptors, and fine craftspersons. Open Mon-Sat. Off Hwy 221 in Crossnore. (800) 374-4660. Read More
Dinosaur Land is located at 3848 Stonewall Jackson Highway in White Post, VA, 8 miles south of Winchester. Over 50 dinosaurs invite visitors to step into the world of the prehistoric past, turning back the pages of time to the Mesozoic era. Our enormous gift shop features gifts for… Read More
Handmade mountain arts and crafts of Appalachia are celebrated in the WNC mountains in Dillsboro at Dogwood Crafters. Art forms passed down from generation to generation. Since 1976 this craft cooperative has offered a rotating showcase of mountain-made crafts lining the walls and exhibit tables of this 12-room log… Read More
Emerald Village is just 3 miles from the Blue Ridge Parkway at Little Switzerland, Milepost 333.9. Gem mining, gold panning, mine tours, waterfall, free exhibits, real mines, fun shopping! NC’s Gem! www.emeraldvillage.com (828) 765-6463. Read More
Floyd Center for the Arts – From Parkway Milepost 165.3, go North on Route 8 for 5.5 miles to 220 Parkway Lane. Galleries, concerts, open studio, gift shop, classes for children and adults, artisan trail, special events and more. (866) 787-8806. Read More
Running on Floyd time… Floyd is as much a state of mind as it is a destination. You can visit us in person or shop our stores online at shopfloydva.com. Located atop the Blue Ridge Plateau in southwestern Virginia, Floyd County is a haven of natural beauty renowned for… Read More
Folk Art Center – Milepost 382.5. Home facility of the Southern Highland Craft Guild. Features craft shop of regional crafts, 3 exhibition galleries, daily craft demonstrations, special events. Parkway information and bookstore. National Park Service programs during season. Open daily with seasonal hours. Visit www.southernhighlandguild.org or call (828) 298-7928 for… Read More
Grandfather’s lofty heights offer guests opportunities for rejuvenation, excitement and family memories in a natural haven that will endure forever. Marvel at 360-degree views from the Mile High Swinging Bridge, stand eye-to-eye with bears, cougars, otters, eagles and deer in natural habitats and interact with our friendly, knowledgeable staff. Two… Read More
Visit one of the most important houses in American history and become inspired through the stories & values of the Preston Family and all those who lived at Historic Smithfield. Completed in 1774, Smithfield was the county’s political and social center. The grounds and gardens supplement an understanding of… Read More