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."
- R. Eddie BushyheadCherokee flutemaker, musician, language specialist, Cherokee, NC (Qualla Boundary)
- Eddie Bushyhead is a musician who makes and plays the rivercane flute, a traditional instrument among the Cherokee. He entertains large and small audiences of all ages with traditional flute music and contemporary "Rez Music".
- Visit the Traditional Artist Directory
Sights & Sounds
Heritage Garden at North Carolina Arboretum
The North Carolina Arboretum, just off the Blue Ridge Parkway in Asheville, North Carolina, is one of the finest public gardens in the Southern Appalachians. Arboretum exhibits emphasize connections between local culture and the landscape and its gentle trails are popular for woodland walks.
Little Tennessee River
NC Division of Tourism, Film & Sports Development Photo by Ron Ruehl