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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Pearson's Falls, Courtesy of Beth Coleman.

Natural Heritage

North Carolina’s mountains and foothills boast a magnificent array of natural wonders, including some of the continent’s greatest biodiversity.

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Cherokee Beader, Courtesy of Cherokee Historical Association

Cherokee Heritage

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians honors and cultivates traditions that have guided and supported their culture for thousands of years.

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Craft Heritage

Craft Heritage

Rich in craft artists, schools and traditions, the North Carolina mountains and foothills are known world-wide for their handmade crafts.

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Music Heritage - David Holt and Doc Watson, © BanjoMan.

Music Heritage

The North Carolina mountains and foothills have one of the richest repositories of traditional music and folklore in the United States.

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