Attractions & Destinations
For visitors in search of authentic heritage experiences and adventure, North Carolina's Blue Ridge mountains and foothills provide an unparalleled diversity of opportunities. No two visits are ever the same.
The Blue Ridge Parkway is America's most visited National Park unit and is known as "America's favorite drive."
- Gary CardenStoryteller, Sylva, NC (Jackson County)
- "The first stories that I heard weren't at a storytelling festival," writes Gary Carden, "nor were the storytellers on a stage duded out in overalls and bandanas. When I was a child, I heard stories at family reunions, funerals, and weddings."
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Sights & Sounds
Orchard at Altapass Saved by Carson Family
Master storyteller Bill Carson tells how his family saved a century-old apple orchard from development and turned it into a heritage attraction on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Orchard at Altapass, McDowell County Tourism, Blue Ridge National Heritage Area.
Photo courtesy of the artist.