Virginia Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Centers
Humpback Rocks Visitor Center – Milepost 5.8
James River Visitor Center – Milepost 63.6
Peaks of Otter Visitor Center and Nature Center – Milepost 85.9
A major developed area of the Blue Ridge Parkway, Peaks of Otter features a living history farm, camping, hiking, lodging, and plenty of natural beauty.
Explore Park – Milepost 115
Just off the Blue Ridge Parkway at Milepost 115, Explore Park features hundreds of acres of rolling hills, pristine woodlands, hiking trails, river frontage, historical buildings and a visitor information center. Whether you’re looking to bike, hike, canoe, picnic, or learn more about all Roanoke County has to offer, Explore Park is your destination for exploration!
Rocky Knob Contact Center (open weekends only) – Milepost 169
Blue Ridge Music Center – Milepost 213
Learn about traditional mountain music at the Blue Ridge Music Center and enjoy live performances during the summer.
North Carolina Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Centers
Cumberland Knob Visitor Center – Milepost 217.5
In 1935, Cumberland Knob was the site where construction of the Blue Ridge Parkway began.
Doughton Park Visitor Center – Milepost 241.1
The open meadows of this park are some of the best locations along the Parkway for viewing wildlife, and the area is rich in preserved Appalachian history.
Moses Cone Manor House and Visitor Center – Milepost 294
Linn Cove Visitor Center – Milepost 304.4
Recognized internationally as an engineering marvel, the Linn Cove Viaduct preserved the beauty of Grandfather Mountain by curving naturally with the Mountain’s contours.
Linville Falls Visitor Center – Milepost 316.4
Linville Falls is a beautiful series of dramatic falls that drop to a deep gorge, accessed by a trail lined with rare virgin stands of white pine and hemlock.
Museum of North Carolina Minerals – Milepost 331
See educational and exciting exhibits about the geology of the region and the history of mining in the Spruce Pine, NC area.
Craggy Gardens Visitor Center – Milepost 364.5
June and July are the months to visit this spectacular showplace of Catawba rhododendron and other late-blooming wildflowers.
Folk Art Center (Craft Guild information) – Milepost 382
This extensive building contains exhibits, an informative visitor center, a library, an auditorium, and a variety of crafts, jewelry, and art.
Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center – Milepost 384.5
The Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center, located at milepost 384 near Asheville, opened in 2008. In this newest of the Parkway’s Visitors Centers, high-tech and innovative exhibits entertain and inform.
Waterrock Knob Visitor Center – Milepost 451.2
An ideal spot for watching sunrises and sunsets across the rugged mountains, Waterrock Knob Visitor Center sits at almost 6,000 feet elevation.
Oconaluftee Visitor Center – Milepost 462.9
This area was the ancestral home of the Cherokee, and it s Visitor Center has a Pioneer Homestead exhibit, which includes a farm house, barns, and a mill.