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Experience the Culture of the Blue Ridge Mountains

The Blue Ridge National Heritage Area is the regional steward of living Appalachian traditions in North Carolina. We honor our elders and invite new generations to explore music, craft, foodways, the outdoors, and the native wisdom that all have their home in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Explore our map or plan your next visit.

Discover the Next Generation of Traditional Music

Witness emerging musicians refine their talents under the helpful guidance of seasoned pros with our newest project Fine Tuned. This Blue Ridge Music Trails initiative will result in a professionally recorded vinyl album scheduled for Summer 2023. Be a part of the musical journey! Follow along with podcasts and be in the audience for three special concerts that will be held in Western North Carolina in 2023.

Learn more

Plan Your Blue Ridge Adventure

Plan Your Blue Ridge Adventure

Don’t know where to start? Create the perfect getaway for your visit to the Blue Ridge Mountains – find fun events for the family, enjoy local music, or experience the natural beauty of the area. Choose a pre planned trip itinerary or build your own from our library of destinations.

Get Your 2023 Down the Road Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Guide!

Explore a wealth of stories about Western NC’s traditional music, the people that play it, and the places where you can experience it. Access an extensive calendar of live music events, learn more about the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area, discover our Fine Tuned recording project and hear about the impact of Doc Watson at 100. Read the full magazine online here or get your own copy here.

Love the Blue Ridge Mountains? Help preserve our culture.

It is our mission to preserve the culture of the Blue Ridge Mountains for generations to come.  Show how much you love these mountains with a donation. Consider applying for a grant or becoming a sponsorship partner.

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2022 Summary Report

We are eager to share our 2022 Summary Report. You’ll see how, as a partner with more than 600 community, state and national partners annually, we are able to make a difference for our region through collaborations throughout the 25 counties we serve in Western NC.

See 2022 BRNHA Report

2023 Holiday Gift Guide

Get inspired for the giving season! Browse our gift guide of local, handmade craft treasures created by artists on the Blue Ridge Craft Trails. Plus, get the latest on holiday craft events.

See Gift Ideas and Holiday Events