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Ultimate North Carolina Picnic Getaways
Blue Ridge Parkway National Park

Map 10

Blue Ridge Parkway National Park - Map 10 copyright map by Alan Eastep

Milepost 316.3 Linville Falls

The area contains a campground and picnic area. Trail to overlooks of falls and gorge.

Linville Falls is a beautiful series of dramatic falls that drop to a deep gorge, accessed by a trail lined with rare virgin stands of white pine, and hemlock. The area around the Falls is one of the few places in these mountains where the Rosebay, Catawba, and Carolina Rhododendron grow side by side.

A campground and picnic area along the Linville River are among the most popular on the Parkway. The various trails here include the short walk up Duggers Creek and more strenuous walks along the Linville Gorge. There is a visitor center here and a number of off-the-Parkway motels, bed-and-breakfast inns, and campgrounds.

Milepost 316.4: Linville River Parking Area

One of the Parkway's largest stone arch bridges. Three spans of 80 feet each. Fish in Linville River. Picnic area. Comfort Station. Alt. 3,250. Take Spur Rd. to Linville Falls, campground and visitor center.

Milepost 331: Museum of North Carolina Minerals

Junction of Parkway & NC 226. New museum exhibits to be installed in late summer of 2003. Feature minerals found in North Carolina and regional geology. Mitchell County Chamber of Commerce Office. Restrooms. Open daily year around.

The Museum of North Carolina Minerals has been recently renovated and provides educational and exciting exhibits about the geology of the region and the history of mining in the Spruce Pine, NC area.

Milepost 331: Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail

Commemorates the campaign leading up to the American victory at Kings Mountain in 1780. Route crosses the Blue Ridge Parkway at Gillespie Gap, near the Mineral Museum. Administered by the National Park Service.

Maps 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - Virginia

North Carolina - 8 - 9 - 10 - 11 - 12 - 13 - 14

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