The visitor center near Asheville is a one-stop shop for all things Blue Ridge Parkway. Get a map, talk to a ranger, pick up some merchandise, learn about other area offerings, watch the park film, and explore Parkway-themed exhibits. Hiking includes a short loop with access to the Mountains-to-Sea trail. For anyone looking to start their Parkway trip from Asheville, the visitor center is a must-see.
At a Glance:
Points of Interest:Visitor Center: Open year-round, this visitor center encompasses the entire Blue Ridge Parkway. Talk to a ranger, grab a map or local information, and check out the exhibits. A main attraction is a 22 foot interactive, digital map of the Parkway.
Sleeping and Eating:
The Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center has no sleeping or eating options. See nearby towns for accommodations. On the Parkway, Mt. Pisgah is the closest campground.
Things to Do:Hike a Trail: A 1.4-mile loop trail starts at the far end of the visitor center parking lot. Enjoy the Parkway’s nature without venturing too far from the road. The loop trail also connects to the Mountains-to-Sea trail, an 1175-mile trail stretching from North Carolina’s mountains to its coast. Check the visitor center for more hiking information.
Watch the Park Film: The 24-minute award-winning film gives an excellent overview of the nature and history that make the Parkway special. Sit back, relax, and experience the Parkway in a new way.
Last updated: July 11, 2018