Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia & North Carolina

Blue Ridge Music Center – Milepost 213 – Music is a natural part of the Appalachian Mountains, and nowhere is that heritage felt more strongly than at the Blue Ridge Music Center. People here have kept alive and created some of the richest traditions of folk music and dance in our nation. Enjoy live music daily in the breezeway or at a weekend concert in the summer or fall. The Music Center is also at the crossroads of two music heritage routes: Virginia’s The Crooked Road and the Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina. At the visitor center and museum are exhibits that which trace the diversity of American music roots to the region. Hiking trails are also available.

Martin Brinegar cabin at Doughton Park, North Carolina by David Haas

Martin Brinegar cabin at Doughton Park, North Carolina by David Haas

Doughton Park – Milepost 238 – Appalachian history comes to life among the ridgetop meadows and steep mountainsides of Doughton Park. Hike some of the 30 miles of trails here or visit Brinegar Cabin, a well-preserved piece of early mountain life. The site also features a visitor center, hiking trails, a campground, and a picnic area.

Moses H. Cone Memorial Park – Milepost 294 – Textile magnate Moses H. Cone built this summer retreat with his wife, Bertha, at the turn of the 20th century. In 1949, the family donated the estate, which is listed on the Register of Historic Places, to the National Park Service. Visit Flat Top Manor and estate, now known as the Moses H. Cone Memorial Park, for the perfectly curated and winding carriage trails, historic manor, and Southern Highland Craft Guild craft shop. The site also includes a visitor center, hiking trails, and the Southern Highlands Craft Guild shop.

Price Lake, along the Blue Ridge Parkway, below Blowing Rock, North Carolina. Photo by Carol Highsmith.

Price Lake, along the Blue Ridge Parkway, below Blowing Rock, North Carolina. Photo by Carol Highsmith.

Julian Price Park – Milepost 297 – Julian Price Memorial Park is named after its former owner, insurance giant Julian Price. Price bought the 4,200 acres as a recreational retreat for his employees. After his untimely death in 1946, his heirs donated the land to the Parkway as a memorial. Now, Price Park is a popular Parkway destination, with plenty of opportunities to hike, fish canoe, camp, and picnic.

Linn Cove Viaduct – Milepost 304 – To protect the fragile habitat of Grandfather Mountain, Parkway planners designed the Linn Cove Viaduct. This award-winning complex concrete bridge is a symbol of pride to landscape architects and engineers for its marriage of beauty with utility and habitat protection. Visitors here will gain an appreciation for the care that was taken in the construction of the entire Parkway. The site also includes a visitor center and hiking trails

Linn Cove Viaduct, Blue Ridge Parkway near Linville, North Carolina by Carol Highsmith

Linn Cove Viaduct, Blue Ridge Parkway near Linville, North Carolina by Carol Highsmith

Linville Falls – Milepost 316 – The Linville River flows from its headwaters high on the steep slopes of Grandfather Mountain and cascades through two falls as it begins a nearly 2,000 foot descent through this rugged and spectacularly beautiful gorge. Known by the Cherokee as “the river of many cliffs,” Linville Gorge was the nation’s first officially designated wilderness area. Towering hemlocks, dense stands of rhododendron, and native wildflowers grow along the trails that begin at the visitor center and encircle the falls. The site also includes a visitor center, hiking trails, a campground, and picnic area.

Museum Of North Carolina Minerals – Milepost 331 – The Museum of North Carolina Minerals highlights the area’s rich mineral resources and the mining heritage. Discover hands-on, interactive exhibits that explore the creation of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the 3,000-year-old saga of mining.

Crabtree Falls, North Carolina by Harold Blackwood, National Park Service

Crabtree Falls, North Carolina by Harold Blackwood, National Park Service

Crabtree Falls – Milepost 339.5 – Whether your visit is a local day trip or part of an extended Parkway tour, the Crabtree Falls area is a welcome place to relax. Spend a night under the stars, hike to incredible Crabtree Falls, or just stop by for lunch at the picnic area.

Craggy Gardens – Milepost 364 – Step into a different world at Craggy Gardens, where gnarled, twisted trees, fog, and wind make this part of the Parkway like no other. Visitors flock to the area for the overabundance of rhododendron and the 360-degree views. The site also features a visitor center, hiking trails, and a picnic area.

Folk Art Center – Milepost 382 – Discover Appalachian arts and crafts at the Folk Art Center near Asheville, North Carolina. In season, daily craft demonstrations give Carolina the chance to see folk art being made and to talk to the craftsmen as they work. Year-round, visitors can wander through the modern folk art gallery. Nearby are hiking trails.

Mount Pisgah – Milepost 408 – Mount Pisgah has the only lodge on the Parkway in North Carolina. The site also features hiking trails, a campground, picnic area, a restaurant, gift shop, and country store. The inn is typically open from April – October.

Waterrock Knob – Milepost 451.2 – Located at 5,820 feet in elevation, Waterrock Knob is the Parkway’s highest visitor center. Known for its beautiful long-range views of several major mountain chains in the Appalachians, Waterrock Knob is uniquely suited for viewing sunrises and sunsets. The visitor center introduces the area’s rugged terrain and tremendous scenes. The Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians makes this section of North Carolina their home. The visitor center is open seasonally. The site also features hiking trails.

Blue Mountains in the fog, Blue Ridge Parkway by Bill Bake, National Park Service

Blue Mountains in the fog, Blue Ridge Parkway by Bill Bake, National Park Service

More Information:

Blue Ridge Parkway
199 Hemphill Knob Rd
Asheville, North Carolina 28803
828-348-3400

Also See:

Destinations Across America

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

National Parks, Monuments & Historic Sites

Scenic Byways & Historic Trails

Sources:

Blue Ridge Parkway

Blue Ridge Parkway Overview

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