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TRAVEL
RESOURCES

Plan your visit with these convenient links to area visitor centers, local eats, attractions, lodging and much more!

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Blowing Rock:
Plenty of Places to Play
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The Blue Ridge Parkway is the heart of the Blowing Rock area, connecting the little town with miles of beauty, cultural and historical sites, and a variety of outdoor adventures. Activities, shops, restaurants, galleries, and inns of Blowing Rock are an easy distance from exciting, wild places.

Cheers to Dahlonega
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Dahlonega may be known as Georgia’s “Wine Country,” but the area also has also recently welcomed several craft beverage artisans.

FUN IN FULL BLOOM IN SEVIERVILLE, TN
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Spring brings new beginnings and fresh adventures to mind – two cues to use when planning your next visit to the Smoky Mountains and Sevierville, Tennessee. With new attractions, restaurants, and events to explore, there’s more to do than ever before.

Download the Blue Ridge Parkway Information Guide! Your go-to for fishing, camping and more!
 
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SPRING into fun in the mountains!

Floating through the decades:
Wytheville’s Chautauqua Festival turns 40
Wytheville Virginia Chautaqua Festival Hot air balloon

In 1984 the Wythe Arts Council organized the first modern day Chautauqua (sha-tauk-wah) Festival in the Park. The Chautauqua movement originated in Chautauqua, NY in 1874 becoming a popular form of adult education and entertainment utilizing noted speakers such as Teddy Roosevelt. The movement traveled throughout the country in caravans setting up their tent performances in towns along the railroad.

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Incredible Daffodil Display Dazzles at Gibbs Gardens
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Preview spring at Gibbs Gardens as millions of bright yellow daffodils bloom across valleys, hillsides and pathways throughout its 376 acres. “Gibbs Gardens stages the country’s largest daffodil extravaganza,” wrote Flower Magazine (Feb. 2023) naming the Gardens one of “The Worlds 10 Best Places to See Daffodils.”

Plan a Spring Getaway in
Wilkes County
 
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Horseback riding through the Brushy Mountains, wine tasting in Yadkin Valley vineyards, strawberry picking at local farms – there’s so much to do in the spring in Wilkes County you need more than one day to experience it all. So why not just stay overnight?

This spring, enjoy a weekend getaway or plan a longer vacation at one of the many great cabins scattered throughout Wilkes County.
 

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Find Something for
Everyone this Spring at

Chimney Rock at
Chimney Rock State Park


 

As another Blue Ridge winter melts away, start making plans for the perfect spring adventure for the whole family. Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park transforms each spring into a stunning display of what makes western North Carolina so special. While every season in Chimney Rock and Hickory Nut Gorge has something to offer, mild temperature, clear blue skies, and incomparable views make spring a great time to visit.

Remembering D-Day
in Bedford, Virginia
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“Every Story Lives On” this June 6-9 at the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Virginia, as the Memorial commemorates the 80th anniversary of D-Day with four days of public events.


The commemoration begins with a moving ceremony on the morning of June 6. Surviving D-Day and World War II veterans will be the guests of honor, joined by representatives from each Allied nation, military personnel, and dignitaries. The event will also showcase three veterans of another sort – a C-47A aircraft that served as lead plane of the second wave of paratroopers on D-Day, a DUKW amphibious truck, and an authentic LCVP (landing craft vehicle personnel) built by Higgins Industries in 1944. Admission is free to the Memorial on June 6.
 

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Smyth County Grayson Mountain Whitetop Appalachian Trail
Smyth County’s Five Over 5000 Challenge Promises A Thrilling Adventure

Get your head in the clouds and embark on the hike of a lifetime. Boasting five summits exceeding 5,000 feet, Smyth County’s Five over 5000 Challenge promises a thrilling adventure with awe-inspiring views, wild ponies, and bragging rights.

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High Country

FISHING ADVENTURES

Wade Into A New Spring Adventure Fly Fishing the
NC High Country

Few things are more rejuvenating than standing in a crisp Appalachian Mountain stream with a slow and steady trickling of water eddying around your legs. The longer you stay in the river, the more in tune with it you’ll become. There’s a gentle pull of the current that becomes a reliable counterbalance to your cast. The simple meditative movement can be as fulfilling as reeling in the biggest trophy rainbow trout in the river. Just ask any fly fisher in Boone.

Wade Into A New Spring Adventure
Fly Fishing the NC High Country
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Celebrate the
Arrival of Spring in

Bryson City, NC

Spring has arrived in all its glory in the charming town of Bryson City, North Carolina. Nestled in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains, Bryson City offers a perfect getaway for those seeking outdoor adventures and a refreshing change of scenery. Whether it's hiking, fishing, or simply enjoying the breathtaking beauty of nature,

Page County fly fishing shenandoah Luray Caverns South Fork

Meandering through rolling farmland, along winding waters and past rocky ledges and lush banks, spring comes alive on the South Fork of the Shenandoah River in Page Valley.

Renowned as one of Virginia’s most beautiful and historic rivers and ranked as a top smallmouth bass destination in the eastern United States, the Shenandoah flows for 55 miles in Page Valley, Virginia — making it a spring dream for fishing and boating.

 

Spring On The Shenandoah River In Page Valley Marks A Prime Time  For Fly Fishing

Coming
Summer 2024

More exciting things to do in the mountains!

100th anniversary of the
Shenandoah valley travel association
MOUNTAIN FESTIVALS
97th annual Mountain dance and folk festival
47th annual Sourwood festival
Avery, fine arts and master craft festival
65th annual NC mineral and gem  festival
Shindig in the green

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