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    Blue Ridge

    National Heritage Area North Carolina

A Place Unlike Any Other on Earth.

The Blue Ridge National Heritage Area is a place unlike any other on Earth, where ancient landscapes enchant the eye and age-old traditions warm the heart.  The distinctive landscape of the North Carolina mountains and foothills combined with the region’s living traditions of craft, music, agriculture and Cherokee heritage create a wealth of natural and cultural treasures unmatched in our country.

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Did You Know?

Nantahala Rafting (photo courtesy of High Country Host)

Whitewater rafting was pioneered on the Nantahala River, in the North Carolina mountains- within the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area. The Nantahala is now the most popular whitewater river in the Southeast.