Carolina Picnic Getaways
Ridge Parkway National Park
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
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,
Milepost 316.4: Linville River
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
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
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.