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Attractions Guide For Banner Elk, Blowing Rock and Boone NC

Blue Ridge Vacations Guide Attractions Guide for the Western North Carolina High Country of Banner Elk, Blowing Rock and Boone NC features the Blue Ridge Parkway, Area Attractions, North Carolina Golf Courses and North Carolina Ski Resorts for Western North Carolina Vacations in the North Carolina Blue Ridge Mountains.

List of North Carolina Blue Ridge Parkway Fuel Exits

Fuel Exits are NOT marked on the Blue Ridge Parkway, making it very frustrating to motorists in search of fuel, especially when there is NO CELL SERVICE for Apple Maps, Google Maps using Apple Car Play.

If you are driving an EV, Grandfather Mountain at MP 306 has a few chargers out front and some up near the Zoo.

Here is a list of the North Carolina Blue Ridge Parkway Fuel Exits and Mile Posts heading from North to South...

MP 229.7 – Less than 4 miles North or South on US 21
MP 248.1 – Less than 6 miles North on NC 18 to NC 88 West
MP 261.2 – Glendale Springs, NC – Less than 1 mile North on NC 16
MP 291.8 – Blowing Rock, NC – Less than 1 mile South on US 321
MP 312 – Jonas Ridge, NC – Less than 2 miles North on NC 181
MP 330.9 – Spruce Pine, NC – Less than 3 miles North on NC 226
MP 344.1 – Less than 10 miles North on NC 80
MP 382.5 – Asheville, NC – Less than 1 mile East or East on US 70
MP 384.7 – Asheville, NC – Less than 2 miles East or West on US 74A
MP 388.8 – Biltmore Forest, NC – Less than 1 mile South, less than 3 miles North on US 25
MP 393.6 – Less than 3 miles North or South on NC 191
MP 411.8 – 10 miles North or 15 miles South on US 276
MP 443.1 – 5 miles East or 6 miles West on US 74/23
MP 455.7 – Maggie Valley, NC – 4 miles North on US 19
MP 469.1 – Cherokee, NC – Less than 1 mile South on US 441

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Blue Ridge Parkway Attractions

Blue Ridge Parkway National Park

Blue Ridge Parkway

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. The Blue Ridge Parkway speed limit is 35 to 45 mph, and passing areas are very limited, so please don’t be in a hurry to get anywhere.

Blue Ridge Parkway National Park
National Park Service
(828) 298-0398 | (828) 271-4779 | Watch a Video
Blue Ridge Parkway MapRoad Conditions
Southern Highland Crafts Blowing Rock NC

Southern Highland Craft Guild

The Moses Cone estate houses the Southern Highland Craft Guild and The Blue Ridge Parkway Craft Center. Open daily from March 15 through November 30.

Southern Highland Crafts
Blue Ridge Parkway, Milepost 294
Boone, NC 28607
(828) 295-7938 | Watch a Video
Blue Ridge Parkway Map
Grandfather Mountain Linville NC

Grandfather Mountain

The highest peak in the North Carolina Blue Ridge Mountains. North Carolina Vacations Guide Features the Mile High Swinging Bridge, elk, bears, cougars, and otters in their natural habitats. Open year round, weather permitting. Admission Fee.

Grandfather Mountain
US Highway 221 South (Parkway Milepost 305) Linville, NC 28646
(828) 733-4337 | 1 (800) 468-7325
Blue Ridge Parkway Map
Grandfather Mountain Banner Elk NC

Grandfather Mountain State Park

2,456-acre backcountry to spectacular hiking and backpacking. The South’s most severe weather and challenging terrain, with trails that have hikers scrambling along cliffs and up ladders. 12 miles of trails and backpack camping sites is generally from the Profile Trailhead on NC 105 or trailheads along the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Grandfather Mountain State Park
Office: 9872 Hwy 105 S (Suite #6)
Banner Elk, NC 28604
(828) 963-9522 | Trail Map
Linville Caverns Linville NC

Linville Caverns

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 3540 minutes and depart every 1015 minutes. Linville Caverns is a seasonal operation.

Linville Caverns
19929 US 221 North (Parkway Milepost 317)
Marion, NC 28752
1 (800) 419-0540 | (828) 756-4171 | Watch a Video
Linville Falls Linville NC

Linville Falls

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.

Linville Falls
Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 316
Linville, NC 28646
(828) 652-2144 | Watch a Video

Western North Carolina Attractions

The Blowing Rock Blowing Rock NC

The Blowing Rock

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, just as you enter Blowing Rock NC. Open Daily. Admission Fee. Weddings!

The Blowing Rock
Highway 321 South
Boone, NC 28607
(828) 295-7111 | Watch a Video
Concerts In The Park Blowing Rock NC

Concerts in the Park – Blowing Rock NC

Blowing Rock’s Concert in the Park is an annual set of free outdoor concerts, held at 4 PM on Sundays, following Art in the Park. The performances offer entertainment from a variety of musical genres. Family friendly and casual. Bring a lawn chair or blanket!

Blowing Rock Concerts in the Park
Memorial Park Downtown
Boone, NC 28607
(828) 295-7851
Fort Defiance Lenoir NC

Fort Defiance – Lenoir NC

Fort Defiance is a historic plantation and former home of Revolutionary War General William Lenoir. Located north of Lenoir, NC, off US Highway 321 at Highway 268. Open April to October.

Fort Defiance
4555 Fort Defiance Drive
Lenoir, NC 28645
(828) 758-1671
Tweetsie Railroad Blowing Rock NC

Tweetsie Railroad Theme Park

Tweetsie Railroad 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, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Just looking at her is enough to take you back.

Tweetsie Railroad
300 Tweetsie Railroad Lane (US Highway 321)
Boone, NC 28607
1 (800) 526-5740 | Watch a Video
Winterfest Blowing Rock NC

Winterfest – January 25–28, 2024

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
Boone, NC 28607
1 (877) 295-7801 | (828) 295-7851 | Watch a Video
Winterfest Blowing Rock NC

Symphony by the Lake – Friday, July 19, 2024

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, the opening bands begin at 5:45 PM and the Symphony at 7:30 PM.

Symphony by the Lake
Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce
Boone, NC 28607
(828) 295-7851 | Watch a Video

Western North Carolina Golf Courses

Boone Golf Club Boone NC

Boone Golf Club

Designed by Ellis Maples and opened in 1959. Available to the public all season-April through November. This is a public North Carolina golf course.

Boone Golf Club
433 Fairway Drive, PO Box 1833
Boone, NC 28607
(828) 264-8760 | 1 (866) 532-4653
Willow Valley Golf Course Vilas NC

Willow Valley Golf Course

Willow Valley Golf Course at Willow Valley Resort offers a par-3 golf course. This is a public North Carolina golf course.

Willow Valley Golf Course
354 Bairds Creek Road
Vilas, NC 28692
(828) 963-6865

Western North Carolina Ski Resorts

Appalachian Ski Mountain Blowing Rock NC

Appalachian Ski Mountain

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.

Appalachian Ski Mountain
940 Ski Mountain Road
Boone, NC 28607
(828) 295-7828 | 1 (800) 322-2373 | Watch a Video
Hawksnest Tubing Resort Seven Devils NC

Hawksnest Tubing Resort

Hawksnest Resort is located off of Highway 105 S in Seven Devils, North Carolina, between Banner Elk and Boone NC. This popular Boone NC Snow Tubing Resort features only snow tubing, no skiing or snowboarding.

Hawksnest Tubing Resort
2058 Skyland Drive
Seven Devils, NC 28604
(828) 963-6561 | 1 (800) 822-4295 | Watch a Video
Ski Beech Ski Resort Beech Mountain NC

Ski Beech Ski Resort

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.

Ski Beech Ski Resort
1007 Beech Mountain Parkway
Beech Mountain, NC 28604
(828) 387-2011 | 1 (800) 438-2093
Sugar Mountain Ski Resort Banner Elk NC

Sugar Mountain Ski Resort

Sugar Mountain Ski Resort and Ski Area is the largest ski resort in North Carolina. This Banner Elk, North Carolina Ski Resort features skiing, snowboarding, and a tubing run.

Sugar Mountain Ski Resort
1009 Sugar Mountain Drive
Banner Elk, NC 28604
(828) 898-4521 | 1 (800) 784-2768 | Watch a Video

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