Skip to Main Content
Mast General Store – Established 1883 & listed National Register of Historic Places. Authentic & nostalgic emporium located in NC’s first rural historic district, Valle Crucis, just 8 miles from Boone. Clothing, camping gear, shoes & boots, housewares, candy & unique gifts. Hwy 194, (828) 963-6511. More downtown locations near… 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
The Northwest Trading Post at Parkway Milepost 258.7 features souvenirs, apparel, maps, games, educational toys, snacks and other camping and picnicking items in a historic venue. FIND Outdoors also offers educational opportunities for visitors such as Cherokee talks and demonstrations and Mountains-to-Sea Trail hikes. Open seasonally. (336) 982-2543. Read More
Penland Gallery at Penland School of Crafts in Mitchell County is one of the finest showcases for contemporary craft in the Southeast. Visitor Center provides information about area studios. Seasonal hours. Exit Parkway at Milepost 330.9 and take NC 226 north for 7.5 miles; turn onto Penland Road; follow… Read More
Southern Highland Craft Guild Moses Cone Manor –  located at Milepost 294.1, it represents 400 traditional craft makers of the Southern Appalachians on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The Guild is the second oldest craft organization in America. Craft demonstrations offered from April to November. Open 9-5 daily March 15… Read More
Snowy Mountain Christmas Shop & Sweets features Christmas decorations for the home. Local artists’ craftsmanship as well as imported items fill the store with Christmas wonder May through December. We’re located just 5 miles north of Parkway Milepost 317.5 on US Highway 221. Offering sweets, holiday decorations, Christmas trees, greenery… Read More
Switzerland Cafe specializes in fresh, homemade sandwiches, soups, and quiches and we craft our own award-winning Applewood Smoked Trout and Hickory Smoked Pork BBQ. Serving lunch daily Easter – Halloween. Our General Store offers picnic items, wine, beer & cheese as well as T-Shirts, crafts and souvenirs. Open 7… Read More
The Orchard at Altapass is a 100-year-old non-profit apple orchard located just off the Parkway at Milepost 328.3 featuring heirloom apples, family fun, bee habitat, U-Pick, storytelling, “heyrides,” weekend free music, heritage information, & spectacular views. Hand-scooped ice cream, hot apple pie, homemade fudge, gifts, & jarred goodies are… Read More
Wild Woody’s Campground & 3 Antique Stores – We buy, sell, trade and rent vintage campers. Tent camp on trout stream at our no-frills campground. Firewood, showers, beer, wine, snacks, ice cream, rare records, unusual antiques. Great place to relax and hang out with friends. Must see to believe! Open… Read More