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Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 5.8 – 9.3: Humpback Rocks At the northern end of the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia, Humpback Rocks is perhaps the best representation of the varied combination of natural and cultural resources anywhere along the Parkway corridor. History of Humpback Rocks The prominent rock outcrop was a landmark… Read More
Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 60 – 63.8: James River Visitor Center and Otter Creek Campground Recreational opportunities here include hiking, camping, picnicking and fishing. An accessible fishing pier on Otter Lake provides opportunities for visitors with impaired mobility to fish for warm water species. A pedestrian walkway connects the James… Read More
Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 296.7: Price Park A majestic 4,200 acres at the foot of Grandfather Mountain named in honor of Julian Price comprises this popular park. Julian Price Memorial Park lies directly adjacent to Moses H. Cone Memorial Park. Together these parks make up the largest developed area set… 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 316.3 – 317.8: Linville Falls Visitor Center and Park Store Trails near the Linville Falls Visitor Center lead to the breathtaking three-tiered Linville Falls over the Linville Gorge via both strenuous and moderate hikes. The steep-walled Gorge is known as the “Grand Canyon of the Southern… 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 408.6: Mount Pisgah and Pisgah Inn & Restaurant Mount Pisgah’s spectacular views, hiking trails, picnic area, campground, lodge, restaurant, and country store make this area a popular destination along the Blue Ridge Parkway. For generations, Pisgah has been a popular mountain retreat for travelers. Pisgah Inn & Restaurant… Read More
Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 355.4: Mt. Mitchell The highest peak in the eastern United States at an elevation of 6,684 ft, Mt. Mitchell is located in the 1,855-acre Mt. Mitchell State Park. While State Parks are managed separately from National Parks such as the Blue Ridge Parkway, Mt. Mitchell State Park is only accessible… 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