Carolina Picnic Getaways
Ridge Parkway National Park
Milepost 382.0 Southern Highland
Folk Art Center
Parkway information station,
publications. Headquarters of Southern Highland Handicraft Guild,
craft sales, demonstrations and exhibits, interpretive talks and
other programs, conferences, craft library, auditorium and Guild
offices. Hours extended in summer. (handicapped friendly) Open daily
9-6 April-Dec; 9-5 Jan-March. (828) 298-7928. Web site: www.southernhighlandguild.org
Asheville can be said to be the
"home" of the Parkway since the park headquarters is
located here at Milepost 382. Asheville is also one of the more
scenic cities along the road, and is a favorite destination for
visitors who want a taste of town life while on their mountain
Many accommodations, ranging from
bed-and-breakfast inns to luxury hotels are available in Asheville,
along with the Biltmore Estate.
The Parkway's Folk Art Center is
open year round and features craft sales, exhibits, and
demonstrations. Access to the Mountains-to-the-Sea trail is also
Asheville is centrally located by
car since interstate highways 26, 40, and 240 bisect it as well as
U.S. highways 19/23, 25, 25A, 70, and 74. America�s well-known
Blue Ridge Parkway, a scenic overland highway, meanders through the
mountains with four exits that intersect Asheville. Depending on
your pleasure, you can arrive in Asheville with speed by car or air
or you can take the scenic approach, winding your way through nearby
hills and vales before arriving at the city.
The Asheville Area Chamber of
Commerce Visitor Center is conveniently located one block from I-240
and adjacent to downtown Asheville.
Asheville is 60 miles from
Greenville, S.C., 200 miles from Atlanta, Ga., 115 miles from
Charlotte and 240 miles from Raleigh.
Milepost 383 Blue Ridge Parkway
It is located just off the Parkway
at Milepost 383. Information may be obtained by writing to this
address: 199 Hemphill Knob Rd, Asheville, NC 28803 or calling (828)
298-0389. Detailed information may be found on the Internet Parkway
Web Site at http://www.nps.gov/blri/.
Brochures also available in French, German and Spanish.