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The Blue Ridge Parkway
The southernmost stretch of the Blue Ridge Parkway boasts the highest peaks of the entire 500-mile scenic route, planned and built during the Great Depression and a family playcation destination for 75 years.
Waterrock Knob and Richland Balsam climb to more than 6,000 feet above sea level, and the famous Cold Mountain and Clingman’s Dome tower above the horizon. Alpine grassy balds offer 50-mile views of fir-covered peaks, and many breathtaking overlooks and trailways are easily accessible throughout the WNC portion of this national landmark road.
The parkway follows the peaks and valleys of the Appalachian Mountains considered to be the oldest in the world. The views are spectacular, the rangers helpful and informative and the folks in the nearby towns for a meal or a night's stay couldn't be friendlier.
The Parkway includes a new Visitors Center with a 70-seat IMAX theater, and the headquarters of the Southern Highland Handicraft Guild at the Folk Art Center (milepost 382).
Official National Park Service website: Blue Ridge Parkway
This pioneer farmstead, tucked in the Reems Creek Valley, features the birthplace of Zebulon Baird Vance. The five-room reconstructed log house and its outbuildings are furnished to evoke the period from 1795- 1840. Vance's political career as Civil War officer, North Carolina governor, and U.S. senator is traced at the homestead.
Zebulon Vance Birthplace