Welcome to the Blue Ridge Heritage Trail, a collection of special places throughout the North Carolina mountains and foothills that embody the remarkable history and culture of the region. At each location, you will find an interpretive wayside sign that tells the stories of the people and places that have shaped our distinctive heritage. The trail includes 24 historic sites in Western North Carolina that recall the stories of Native Americans, explorers, mountaineers, revolutionaries, entrepreneurs, and more. Visit historic homes, from the grand Biltmore House to log cabin homesteads. Tour landmarks like the Bechtler Mint or the Old Wilkes Jail. Explore museums from the Rural Heritage Museum to the Museum of the Cherokee Indian. Drive historic roads and enjoy traditional downtowns.