June 1, 2-16
Summer is Cool in the NC Mountains and Foothills
Let Our Host Groups Help You Plan Your Trip
Get on Our Trails for More Cool Fun
Here's a Really Cool Concert at Tweetsie Railroad
Summer is Cool in the NC Mountains and Foothills
Thinking of traveling to a cool place for your summer vacation? Then we invite you to come to a really cool place, both literally and figuratively speaking. The mountains and foothills of North Carolina enjoy warm but moderate temperatures during the daytime, and at higher elevations, you might need to bring a sweater for night time.
Cool things to do abound here. From outdoor adventures such as whitewater rafting, hiking, mountain biking, fishing and more to exploring quaint and quirky small towns, from visiting America's largest home (BIltmore) to experiencing what life was like in an 18th century Cherokee village. Music, craft artisans, great craft beer, fresh local food prepared by some of the nation's top chefs—it's all here. Come and discover this cool place for yourself.
Let Our Host Groups Help You Plan Your Trip
There's nothing better than local knowledge when planning to visit an area. In the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area, three Host Groups offer insightful information and details about different parts of North Carolina's mountains and foothills.

  • Smoky Mountain Host serves the seven westernmost counties, the Qualla Boundary and Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This region is rich in outdoor adventures and natural scenic beauty.
  • Blue Ridge Mountain Host covers the ten central counties in the region, known for its wealth of quaint and quirky small towns.
  • High Country Host covers just that--the higher elevations of the region, with fantastic scenic views and mountain-top recreation.
In addition to these helpful websites and information centers, go to BlueRidgeHeritage.com where you will find literally hundreds of pages of in-depth information about the natural and cultural resources of the mountains and foothills of North Carolina.
Happy planning, and hope to see you here soon! (That rocker just might be reserved for you!)
Get on Our Trails for More Cool Fun
Two cultural heritage trails have been created by the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership to enhance our visitors' experiences in the mountains and foothills of North Carolina.
The Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina, developed in partnership with the North Carolina Arts Council, showcases the rich musical traditions of the NC mountains and foothills. The music that was born and bred here has exerted tremendous influence on the development of other genres of American music. A guidebook of the same name gives in-depth background into the music, the instruments, and the players. It includes a CD with 26 cuts of famous traditional tunes. Find hundreds of music events, festivals, and venues at BlueRidgeMusicNC.com. #BlueRidgeMusic
The Blue Ridge Heritage Trail is a collection of special places that embody the remarkable history and culture of the region. Words and photographs on interpretive signs at each location tell an illuminating story about each site and illustrate many aspects of the region’s natural and cultural heritage including that of the Cherokee, traditional music, agriculture, and craft.
Signs are located along main walkways at historic, natural and scenic sites, attractions, towns and cities, in some state parks, along the Blue Ridge Parkway, in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and at five NC Welcome Centers within the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area. Interactive kiosks at these Welcome Centers offer travelers entering into the region on the major interstate highways to learn more about all there is to see and do at Trail sites.
The Trail is not a “Point A to Point B” trail, but rather many stops throughout the region. People can enjoy a single stop or piece together several sites by theme or region. QR codes on each sign will enable people with smart phones to locate other nearby sites. The goal is to encourage people, both visitors and residents, to discover places they may not know about.
Download the Trail Map here, or ask for one at Visitor Information Centers in the region. BlueRidgeHertageTrail.com.
Here's a Really Cool Concert at Tweetsie Railroad
Want a sample of what's on the Blue Ridge Music Trails of NC? On Sunday, May 29, at noon and 3 pm, David Holt and the Lightning Bolts will liven up old-time music with a new-time jolt at Tweetsie Railroad in Blowing Rock.
Always a favorite, David and the band are quintessential entertainers, and their concert comes with the price of the admission ticket to the park. Don't miss it! Family fun at its best.
For tickets and more information, visit tweetsie.com. This concert is a fundraiser for the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership.
"When the train comes along....I'll meet you at the station when the train comes along!"
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Blue Ridge National Heritage Area  •  195 Hemphill Knob Road  •  Asheville, NC 28803


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