The Blue Ridge Parkway is part of the National Park Service, NPS, and connects to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park at the southern end near Cherokee NC at Milepost 469. Parkway speed limit is 35-45 mph, and passing areas are very limited, so please don’t be in a hurry.
Blue Ridge Parkway
National Park Service
(828) 298-0398 / (828) 271-4779
We are mainly a mail-order wildflower nursery, but you are welcome to stop by and purchase native plants. We have a little cooler climate due to our elevation so flowers start growing in mid April and different things will bloom throughout the rest of the summer.
Gardens of The Blue Ridge Nursery
Blue Ridge Parkway, Milepost 313
9056 Pittmans Gap Road
Newland, NC 28662
The highest peak in the North Carolina Blue Ridge Mountains. Features the Mile High Swinging Bridge, bears, cougars, and otters in their natural habitats. Open year round, weather permitting. $20 Admission Fee.
US Highway 221 South (Parkway Milepost 305)
Linville, NC 28646
(828) 733-4337 / 1 (800) 468-7325
Located at the southern gateway to the North Carolina High Country, Linville Caverns is echoed within Humpback Mountain. Visitors are invited to explore the splendor and wonders nature created “inside a mountain”. Cave tours last 35-40 minutes and depart every 10-15 minutes. Linville Caverns is a seasonal operation.
19929 US 221 North (Parkway Milepost 317)
Marion, NC 28752
1 (800) 419-0540 / (828) 756-4171
Linville Falls is the most popular waterfall in the Blue Ridge Mountains because of its accessibility to the Blue Ridge Parkway. It is a spectacular three-tiered waterfall plunging into Linville Gorge, the “Grand Canyon of the Southern Appalachians.” Operated by the National Park Service.
The Blowing Rock is the ‘Oldest Tourist Attraction in North Carolina’. The Blowing Rock is located directly across the road from the Green Park Inn on U.S. Highway 321, as you enter Blowing Rock NC. Open Daily. Admission Fee.
The Blowing Rock
Highway 321 South
Blowing Rock, NC
Tweetsie Railroad Theme Park allows children and families to let their imaginations run wild and discover all sorts of fun. Kids can be a cowboy, an Indian or an engineer. Families love riding on our famous steam engine, Number 12. She’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Just looking at her is enough to take you back.
300 Tweetsie Railroad Lane (US Highway 321)
Blowing Rock, NC 28605
1 (800) 526-5740
Wahoo’s offers some of the best North Carolina and Tennessee whitewater rafting. We are the area’s oldest and finest outfitter. We feature quality whitewater rafting, canoeing, tubing, and hiking. Located on US Hwy 321 between Boone NC.
3385 South US Highway 321
Boone, NC 28607
1 (800) 444-RAFT / (828) 262-5774
Winterfest in Blowing Rock NC is held the last weekend in January. Winterfest features a chili cook-off, winterfeast, a pancake breakfast, bonfire, ice carving, dog show, free hot chocolate and hay rides downtown, and the highlight of the four day winter event, the Polar Plunge at Chetola Resort, on Saturday morning.
Winterfest in Blowing Rock
132 Park Avenue
Blowing Rock, NC 28605
1 (877) 295-7801 / (828) 295-7851
Join us for the Symphony by the Lake at Chetola. Always the pinnacle event of the summer season, the Symphony of the Mountains will again delight the audience! A spectacular fireworks finale will create a perfect evening! Gates open at 5:30 PM, opening bands begin at 5:45 PM & Symphony at 7:30 PM.
Symphony by the Lake
Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce
Blowing Rock, NC 28605
NC Golfers is a free online golf community for North Carolina Golfers. Enjoy golfer reviews of local courses, free handicap/index tracking, aeration alerts, course photos, specials and discount tee times, golf package deals, upcoming tournaments and events, informative local golf directory and guide, plus much more!
Appalachian Ski Mountain Ski Resort is located just north of Blowing Rock, North Carolina. This Blowing Rock Ski Resort and Ski Area features family oriented skiing for beginners, intermediates, and occasional skiers and snowboarders. US Hwy 321 near the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Ski Beech Ski Resort and Ski Area is the highest Ski Area in east of the Rockies, at 5,500’ elevation. This Beech Mountain, North Carolina Ski Area features skiing, snowboarding, and an outdoor ice skating rink.
If you have a SLR camera with a medium or a long lens, you know how difficult these cameras can be to take securely on remote hiking trails, downhill skiing or mountain biking. The Cotton Carrier Systems Harness keeps your SLR camera secure against your body, for all types of adventure photography.