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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
Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 85.6 – 90.9: Peaks of Otter 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. Native Americans passed through the area while hunting, and European… Read More
Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 161.1 – 176.1: Mabry Mill, Rocky Knob Visitor Center and Campground, Rock Castle Gorge National Recreation Trail  Spanning Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 167 – Milepost 174, Rocky Knob comprises 4,800 acres and 15 miles of hiking trails. The 3,500-acre Rock Castle Gorge is within Rocky Knob, with its Rock Castle Gorge… Read More