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Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 213: 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 other. Read More
Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 115: Explore Park Recreational Area, Visitor Center and Park Store Explore Park is 1,100 acres of woods and land to explore with bike paths, hiking trails, and historic buildings. The Roanoke River runs through the park for kayaking, canoeing, and fishing. Roanoke River access day passes for… Read More
Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 304.4: Linn Cove Viaduct Final Link of the Parkway This seven-mile section of the Blue Ridge Parkway – once the Parkway’s missing link – was completed in 1987. It was delayed for twenty years as environmentalists, adjacent landowners, engineers, and architects sought a design that would preserve and… Read More
Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 292.7: Flat Top Manor and Estate at Moses H. Cone Memorial Park  This country estate was developed during the 1890s and early 1900s by Moses and Bertha Cone, the son and daughter of German and Jewish immigrants. Moses and his brother Caesar established one of North Carolina’s largest… Read More
Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 331: Museum of North Carolina Minerals Visitor Center and Park Store The Museum of North Carolina Minerals is located in Spruce Pine, North Carolina, where the mountains are among the richest in gems and minerals in the state. Interactive displays present the significance of mining to the area’s… Read More
Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 259: Northwest Trading Post and Sally Mae’s on the Parkway The Northwest Trading Post historic building now houses concessioner Sally Mae’s on the Parkway, with a selection of regional arts & crafts and food gifts made in North Carolina’s northwestern counties. This stop includes food, drink, and handmade… Read More
Great Smoky Mountains National Park: Oconaluftee Visitor Center The Oconaluftee Visitor Center is located in and managed by the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, but you’ll find it situated near the southern end of the Blue Ridge Parkway when you exit or enter the Parkway in Cherokee, NC. Visitors marvel at spotting… Read More