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Blue Ridge National Heritage Area

Celebrate North Carolina’s Mountain Culture in The Blue Ridge National Heritage Area
There’s no spot on Earth quite like the Blue Ridge, and a unique part of the national park system allows you to explore it in depth. The Blue Ridge National Heritage Area encompasses 25 counties on the western side of the state and provides a framework for promoting and interpreting the region’s history, culture, and geography. Encompassing parts of the Smoky Mountains and Blue Ridge Mountains, this park also sprawls across a diverse landscape of cities and towns.

Hike along America’s most famous trail – the Appalachian Trail – or stroll to the top of the highest peak in the east when you visit Mt. Mitchell. Wine and dine in beautiful and historic Flat Rock or enjoy at soak in Hot Springs. Saluda has delighted travelers for ages while the Asheville Art Museum has one of the South’s best collections of regional crafts and paintings. Stand transfixed in front of cascading waterfalls at Graveyard Fields or let the throttle loose on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Hear elk bugle in the Cataloochee Valley or celebrate great tunes at the Brevard Music Center. Ready to be pampered? Head for Highlands, where you can enjoy high style at a high altitude.