The Blue Ridge Heritage Trail is a collection of special places throughout the North Carolina mountains and foothills that embody the remarkable history and culture of the region. Interpretive signs tell an illuminating story at historic, natural and scenic sites, attractions, towns and cities, in some state parks, along the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and at five NC Welcome Centers within the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area.
You can enjoy a single stop or piece together several sites by theme or region. QR codes on each sign will enable people with smart phones to locate other nearby sites.
The goal is to encourage people, both visitors and residents, to discover places they may not know about. For example, most travelers know about Cherokee, but may not know how extensive the Cherokee nation’s land once was. They can learn more on signs in the far western part of the region, in Robbinsville, Andrews and Hayesville.
In addition to the signs, the Trail features five interactive kiosks in NC Welcome Centers at entry points to the BRNHA.