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John C. Campbell Folk School. Blue Ridge Parkway - Home. - Welcome to Pilot Mountain State Park. If you would like to receive electronic notification of prescribed burns, the park would like to ask you for an email address that you can be reached at.

- Welcome to Pilot Mountain State Park

Your email will not be shared with anyone, and you will not be included on “reply-alls” or routine emails from the park. This list-serve would only be used for notification of prescribed fires or emergencies. Prior to a planned prescribed burn you will receive an email and a location of the burn within the state park.

If at anytime you would like to be removed from this email list you would have the option to have your contact information deleted by calling or emailing the park.When prescribed burns are conducted, areas of the park being burned are closed to the public during the burn, and afterwards until conditions are deemed safe for use. Please send an email to pilot.mountain@ncparks.gov if you would like to be added to this listserve. Updated: 2014-04-26 09:12:55. Waterfalls of the Pisgah Ranger District, Pisgah National Forest.

Courthouse Falls The Pisgah Ranger District of the Pisgah National Forest is home to numerous beautiful waterfalls and has miles of hiking trails to explore.

Waterfalls of the Pisgah Ranger District, Pisgah National Forest

If you are coming to North Carolina to visit waterfalls for the 1st time, this would be an excellent area to start in. Some of the trails are multiple use - hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding - and I would highly suggest stopping at the Visitor's Center and buying a trail map if you are not familiar with the area. It's about 1.5 miles up Hwy 276, north of the 280/276/64 intersection in Brevard and has lots of other info about the area, books, postcards, and rest rooms - their phone # is 828-877-3350. Curious and Wondrous Travel Destinations.

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Barbecue and Food. Blue Ridge National Heritage Area. Towering almost 6,000 feet above Northwest North Carolina, Grandfather Mountain presents guests with opportunities for rejuvenation, excitement and family memories in a natural haven that will endure for genera. Blue Ridge National Heritage Area. Craggy Gardens, just north of Asheville, North Carolina, is one of the most dramatic viewpoints on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Blue Ridge National Heritage Area

Stunning vistas of the Blue Ridge Mountains stretch far into Tennessee to the west and toward central North Carolina to the east. These views can be enjoyed from the parking area near the Craggy Gardens Visitor Center and along nearby hiking trails. A large picnic area is popular with visitors. On clear nights, Craggy Gardens is also a perfect place for stargazing. Hiking Through a Rhododendron Tunnel on the Blue Ridge Parkway In early summer, Craggy Gardens becomes a mountain-sized bouquet when the rhododendron thickets on the upper heights cover the landscape in pink and purple.

Books, CDs, souvenirs, and a photographic display can be found in the Visitors Center, and restrooms are on premises. Visitor Map Brochure - Get More Information for Free! Hours of Operation Craggy Gardens Visitor Center: Memorial Day through October (2009) Admission Fees. Great Smoky Mountains National Park starts spring opening schedule « Girls Gone Outdoors. Spring is so close you can almost touch it, and with that promised coming warmth and sunshine, Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials have announced the spring opening schedule for park facilities for the 2014 season.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park starts spring opening schedule « Girls Gone Outdoors

Campgrounds and secondary roads started opening March 7. The schedule follows: Facilities in the Smokies have started opening for spring. Roads – Secondary Roads are scheduled to open as follows: Forge Creek Road now open; Clingmans Dome Road will open on April 1; Round Bottom/Straight Fork Road will open April 4; Parson Branch, Rich Mountain Road, Roaring Fork Nature Trail, and Little Greenbrier will open on April 11; Heintooga Ridge and Balsam Mountain roads will open on May 23.

Cades Cove Loop Road will be closed for bicycle use only on Wednesday and Saturday mornings until 10 a.m. from May 7 through Sept. 24. The system allows campers to reserve specific campsites and to make reservations 6 months in advance. Balsam Mountain $14 May 23 N/A Round Bottom April 4. Shenandoah National Park - Blue Ridge Parkway.

The North Carolina Parkway Experience - Blue Ridge Parkway. Beaches Near Greensboro, North Carolina. Road Trip: Cherohala Skyway. For more of the world's greatest driving tours, get National Geographic's new book Drives of a Lifetime.

Road Trip: Cherohala Skyway

Crossing the Tennessee–North Carolina border and the crest of the Great Smoky Mountains, this 42-mile (68-kilometer) long byway climbs to a mile (1.6 kilometers) above sea level. It winds through forests of hardwoods and evergreens on the way from Tellico Plains, Tennessee, to Robbinsville, North Carolina. Overview The Cherohala Skyway (Tennessee State Hwy. 165 and North Carolina 143) links two small towns and follows a mile (1.6-kilometer) high ridge in the Unicoi Mountains.

Designated a National Scenic Byway shortly after it opened in 1996, the skyway is the costliest road in North Carolina. Start in Tellico Plains In the quiet town of Tellico Plains, stop at the Cherohala Skyway Visitor Center (225 Cherohala Skyway, tel. 1 423 253 8010; www.cherohala.org) for maps and information. Cherokee National Forest Bald River Falls Indian Boundary Campground.