• Image of beautiful sunrise over blue misty mountains.

    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?

Photo courtesy of Cherokee Historical Association

The North Carolina mountains are the ancestral homeland of the Cherokee. The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians now resides on the Qualla Boundary, which borders on the Great Smoky Mountains National Park- within the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area.