This spring break, you may want to try a few of these ideas for trails that everyone will love…trails for murals, music, heritage and driving, throughout the North Carolina Blue Ridge Mountains.
The Appalachian Mural Trail – follow the Blue Ridge Parkway through N. Carolina viewing historical building murals. All murals are within an easy driving distance from the Parkway or Gateway Cities. These murals will shine a light on the rich heritage of our mountains using talented local artists to complete each mural. We believe this will enhance the visitor’s experience to the area through educating them about our rich heritage through art, while sharing the creativity of the mountains. For more details, see their website.
The Blue Ridge Heritage Area Trail is 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. Their website is your online guide to the Blue Ridge Heritage Trail – the sites, the land, and its people. Here you can explore and learn more about a place so special that it is designated as a National Heritage Area.
Follow the Blue Ridge Music Trails! Traditional music is flourishing across many parts of America, but in the mountains and foothills of North Carolina, more so than elsewhere, the music is part of the fabric of community life.As you explore the Music Trails, be sure to pick up a copy of the Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina guidebook, “Down the Road” which makes a great travel companion, souvenir, or gift. To get the latest news about the region’s traditional music events and artists, visit their website.
And of course, the GRAND DADDY trail of them all…the Blue Ridge Parkway! The Blue Ridge Parkway follows the Appalachian Mountain chain and provides seemingly endless views of many parallel ranges connected by cross ranges and scattered hills. From Shenandoah National Park, the Parkway follows the Blue Ridge Mountains, eastern rampart of the Appalachians, for 355 miles. Then, for the remaining 114 miles, it skirts the southern end of the massive Black Mountains, weaves through the Craggies, the Pisgahs, and the Balsams, and ends in the Great Smokies. For details about the goings on along the Parkway, visit here.