Blue Ridge National Heritage Area

Overview

For visitors in search of novelty and adventure, the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area provides an unparalleled diversity of experiences. There's so much to see and do that no two visits are ever the same. Nature lovers will find majestic mountain vistas and scenic drives, outstanding hiking, biking, and equestrian trails, world-class whitewater and waterfalls, excellent campsites and fishing streams, and an incredible diversity of plant and animal life in the region's abundant protected forests and parks. Those searching for cultural experiences and historical connections will discover a land rich in living traditions of music, craft, agriculture, and Cherokee culture. These come to life at many fine and distinctive museums, historic sites, outdoor dramas, and cultural centers throughout the region. The North Carolina mountains still ring with the sounds of the fiddle and banjo, bluegrass bands, and cloggers, which can be heard everywhere from front porches to festival stages and town squares.

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Seasonality / Weather

The mountains of Western North Carolina enjoy a mild climate throughout the four seasons. Winters bring occasional snow in the lower elevations, while high country snows support numerous ski resorts. Spring is wet and mild, lush with wildflowers, dogwoods, azaleas and rhododendrons that bloom at intervals between late March and June. Summer heat rarely reaches the 90s and extends usually from late June through August. The crisp, cool days of autumn bring brilliant blue skies that frame blazing fall colors as the trees turn. No matter what season, layering of clothing is recommended, as is keeping a sweater at hand, even in the summer (at higher elevations).