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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
Mountain Aire Golf Club is an established, public golf course offering 18 holes of well-maintained fairways complimented by the natural, rugged beauty of the Appalachians. Located at 1396 Fairway Ridge Drive in West Jefferson, just 30 minutes from Boone, we’re nestled in the heart of the Blue Ridge. Reasonable rates. Read More
Mystery Hill has been amazing Parkway visitors for over 70 years. Fun and educational for the entire family. Explore North Carolina’s only Natural Gravitational Anomaly (see above photo), experience hands-on science activities, create giant soap bubbles big enough to surround an adult, try… Read More
Nantahala Outdoor Center – At the intersection of the Appalachian Trail & the Nantahala River in the Blue Ridge Mountains. A mecca for outdoor enthusiasts since 1972, NOC’s 500-acre campus boasts plenty of exciting adventures to keep your entire group happy & active, whether you spend a day or… Read More
The National D-Day Memorial was constructed in honor of those who died on June 6, 1944 in the invasion of the French coastline during World War II, fighting in one of the most significant battles in our nations history. This solemn memorial pays tribute to those who served our… Read More
Natural Bridge Zoological Park – Discover the largest & most complete collection of birds & animals in the state of Virginia. Ride on an elephant, stand next to a giraffe, see a huge white tiger, hug baby llamas & donkeys. Enjoy monkeys, gibbons, & mandrill baboons. See Himalayan bears,… Read More
NC Outdoor Adventures was created out of the obvious need for outdoor recreation experiences and education. Based out of the Blue Ridge mountains in Western North Carolina, NCOA offers over 21 different trips including tubing, rafting, whitewater kayak instruction, climbing, rappelling, waterfall rappelling, hiking, camping, youth programs, wild edible… Read More
Join us this Spring for the annual North Carolina Trail Days Festival, a multi-day festival celebrating the great outdoors, the NC Mountains-to-Sea Trail, and our local trails with activities and adventures all weekend long! The festival kicks off Thursday, June 3rd, and runs through Saturday, June 6th. NC Trail… Read More
The North Carolina Arboretum is a 434-acre public garden located within the Bent Creek Experimental Forest of the Pisgah National Forest just south of  Asheville, NC. Accessible via Parkway Milepost 393.6, the Arboretum is surrounded by botanically-diverse Southern Appalachian Mountains, encouraging personal connections with nature in the gardens, hiking… Read More