Plan Your Trip to the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina
Because the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area is such a large region, spanning 11,000 square miles of North Carolina's mountains and foothills, we suggest using the services of the regional Host Groups to find accommodations, restaurants, attractions and excellent shopping.
What is a Host Group?
A Host Group is a consortium of hoteliers, restaurateurs, attractions, outfitters, merchants, and other businesses in four regions of the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area whose job it is to help visitors find just what they are looking for in great accommodations, great food, and great fun, all adding up to a visit that will build great memories of this very special place in our country.
Smoky Mountain Host: This Host Group provides services in the seven westernmost counties in the region. Here you can find information about whitewater rafting on the famous rivers in that region, Cherokee attractions, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Lake Fontana and Fontana Village, Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, and more, plus lots of information about where to stay, and what to see and do in each county. Download the Smoky Mountain Host Travel Guide here.
With partial funding from the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area, Smoky Mountain Host partnered with Storypoint Media to produce the Ugo Tour NC Mountains, a smartphone app that helps travelers find the best places to see, stay and play in the far western part of the region. The app is a full-featured visitor guide that works on iPhone, Android, iPad or iPod Touch, with fun and informative photo and video tours with Interactive GPS maps. Click here to learn more about the app and how to access it.
Blue Ridge Mountain Host: This Host Group serves ten counties in the central part of the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area. Here you can learn about all the terrific things to see and do in Asheville and the many cool small communities nearby. Highlights include Chimney Rock Park, Biltmore, the Orchard at Altapass, Cradle of Forestry, Flat Rock Playhouse, NC Arboretum, museums, arts and crafts galleries, and much more. Download the Blue Ridge Mountain Host Travel Guide here.
High Country Host: This Host Group serves counties in the north and northwest region of the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area, where you'll find great skiing, whitewater rafting, wineries, Christmas tree farms, climbing, fishing, hiking, mountain biking, ziplining and more. Grandfather Mountain, Tweetsie Railroad, and attractions all along the beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway are all part of the High Country Host Group. Request a High Country Host Vacation Planner here.
Visit our Visitor Brochures page to download the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Visitor Map Brochure and other helpful maps and brochures.
More Visitor Information
Each county in the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area region has a Chamber of Commerce, Tourism Development Authority, and Visitor or Welcome Center to help visitors find accommodations, shopping, dining, attractions and more. For easy reference, visit our More Visitor Information page to find links to all these organizations in the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area.