Whether your destination is the North Carolina mountains and foothills, or you’re just passing through, the Blue Ridge Heritage Trail can enrich your journey.

Use this website to find your way to the 70 heritage sites that are part of the trail, or, if you don’t have time to stop by the actual places, delve into their stories that can be found here.

Search by heritage theme, activities and interests, or by town as well as the interactive map. You’ll discover wonderful stories about the people, the culture, the traditions, and the natural scenic beauty that will make your visit to the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area even more memorable.

Air Bellows Gap, Blue Ridge Parkway

Bechtler Mint

Bethel Rural Community

Biltmore Estate

Bostic Lincoln Center

Chapel of the Prodigal Ben Long Fresco

Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park

City of Morganton Municipal Auditorium Ben Long Fresco

Clay County Heritage

Cradle of Forestry, Blue Ridge Parkway

Earl Scruggs Center

Gardens of the Blue Ridge

Gem Mining

Grandfather Mountain

Haywood County Quilt Trails

Hickory Nut Gorge

Hickory Ridge Living History Museum & Outdoor Drama

Historic Carson House

Historic Earle Theatre

Historic Johnson Farm

Hog Waller Market in Downtown Lenoir

Hot Springs

Howard Gap Road

I-26 E Welcome Center

I-26 W Welcome Center

I-40 W Welcome Center

I-77 N Welcome Center

I-85 S Welcome Center

Joara and Catawba Meadows Native American Villages

John C. Campbell Folk School

Judaculla Rock


Linville Caverns

Linville Gorge, Brown Mountain Overlook

Little Tennessee Greenway

Looking Glass Rock, Blue Ridge Parkway

Lost Coves Cliffs Overlook

Mast Farm Inn

Mill Spring Agricultural Center

Moses Cone Park, Blue Ridge Parkway

Mount Mitchell State Park

Mountain Gateway Museum and Heritage Center

Museum of NC Handicrafts

Museum of the Cherokee Indian

Nantahala Lake

Nantahala Outdoor Center

NC Arboretum

NC Bartram Trail

Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Oconoluftee Village

Old Wilkes Jail

Orchard at Altapass, Blue Ridge Parkway

Original Mast General Store

Pearson’s Falls

Qualla Arts & Crafts

Qualla Boundary

Rural Heritage Museum

Shindig on the Green

South Mountains State Park

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Ben Long Fresco

Statesville Civic Center Ben Long Fresco

The Crossnore Communities for Children Ben Long Fresco

The Perry N. Rudnick Art & Nature Trail

Thomas Wolfe Memorial

Town of Sparta

Tweetsie Railroad

Unto These Hills

Waldensian Heritage Museum

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