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Welcome sign at Blowing Rock, NC.Blowing Rock

Blowing Rock is just off the Parkway near Milepost 294. Take the exit for Hwy. 221/321. Blowing Rock is also known as the "Crown of the Blue Ridge". and offers beautiful vistas of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

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Fall Colors on the Blueridge Parkway in NC.Blue Ridge Parkway

The Blue Ridge Parkway has been known to be America's Favorite Drive. It is 469 miles long and connects the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in NC to the Shenandoah National Park in VA. There are many attractions to visit along the parkway such as Devil's Courthouse, Folk Art Center, and Marby Mills.

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Folk Art Center

Folk Art Center

Folk Art Center - $$$

Milepost 382 Blue Ridge Pkwy
Asheville, NC 28805
(828) 298-7928
Hours: 9:00a - 6:00p Daily
 

At the center you can find some of the finest traditional and contemporary crafts of the Southern Appalachians.The center also has three galleries, a library and Allanstand Craft Shop. There is also a Eastern National bookstore and information desk about the Blue Ridge Parkway. There are daily craft demonstrations in the lobby beginning the first of March each year.

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Grandfather Mountain

Grandfather Mountain

Grandfather Mountain

2050 Blowing Rock Highway
LinvilleNC  28646
(828) 733-4337

The Mile High Swinging Bridge gives each visitor 360-degree panoramic views. Grandfather Mountain has 11 trails varying in difficulty from a gentle walk in the woods to a rigorous trek across rugged peaks. Grandfather Mountain has many picnic areas for your enjoyment. For additional information Grandfather Mountain.  And, for hours and fees.

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Graveyard Fields

Graveyard Fields

Graveyard Fields

Milepost 418.8 on Blue Ridge Parkway
CantonNC  288716

There are two lovely waterfalls at Graveyard Fields, along with a good variety of plants, wildflowers, and berry bushes. In the summer and fall, hikers enjoy picking the blueberries. Some blackberries and gooseberries can also be found.

A unique loop trail winds through this high-elevation and there are two spurs that lead to the waterfalls. While hiking, you will see Mountain Laurel, Rhododendron, and hardwoods.

Two miles West of Graveyard Fields at Milepost 420 is the spur to Black Balsam Knob and Sam's Knob, two high peaks that offer panoramic views of the mountains.

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Linville Caverns

Linville Caverns (in Pisgah National Forest)

19929 US-221 Highway
MarionNC  28752
(828) 756-4171

These natural limestone caverns feature stalactite and stalagmite formations and an underground stream. Linville Carvens is an active natural limestone cavern with new rock constantly growing and forming each day.

Guided tours depart every 10-15 minutes and last about 35-40 minutes. For additional information see Linville Caverns.

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Linville Falls

Linville Falls

Linville Falls - $$

717 Gurney Franklin Road,
via Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 317.4

Linville Falls, NC  28647
(828) 765-1045

Linville Falls is located on the Blue Ridge Parkway near Milepost 316.4, about 66 miles North of Asheville. Linville Falls drops 90 feet into the 12-mile long Linville Gorge.

Enjoy spectacular views of the waterfalls surrounded by the steep walls of the gorge. There are five different viewpoints of the falls within a 4 mile hike.

The visitors center is open May through October and on weekends in April.

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Mt Mitchell State Park

Mt Mitchell State Park

Mt Mitchell State Park

2388 State Highway 128
BurnsvilleNC  28714
(828) 675-4611

Mount Mitchell State Park is 33 miles north of Asheville on the Blue Ridge Parkway at Milepost 355. Mount Mitchell, at an elevation 6,684 feet, it is the highest point east of the Mississippi.

Some of the activities at Mount Mitchell are hiking, education, picnicking, and camping. In addition, there is a restaurant, concession stand and gift shop that are open in the Summer months. See the hours of operation.