Southern Highlands Attractions

Drive the Blue Ridge Parkway, which originates in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park near Cherokee, North Carolina, and joins the Skyline Drive in the Shenandoah National Park in northern Virginia, and visit these area attractions in and around NC, VA, TN and GA. These are the Southern Highlands Attractions.


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Barter Theatre

Experience the magic of live, professional theatre at Barter, where magic happens every day as it has for the last 70 magical years. Located two and a half hours north of Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock Stae Park.

Address:
133 West Main Street
Abingdon , VA 24210

Drive Time: 90+ min.
Phone: (276) 628-3991
E-mail: barterinfo@bartertheatre.com
Web: http://www.bartertheatre.com

Biltmore

Biltmore in Asheville, NC offers America’s largest home, gardens, winery, outdoor activities, and a four- star inn on 8,000 acres in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Pair a visit to Biltmore with a visit to Chimney Rock for the perfect weekend getaway.

Address:
1 Approach Road
Asheville , NC 28803

Drive Time: 30-60 min.
Phone: (800) 624-1575
E-mail: happenings@biltmore.com
Web: http://www.biltmore.com

Gatlinburg Sky Lift

Experience the thrill of riding the Gatlinburg Sky Lift! From the downtown boarding station, you’ll glide skyward over Gatlinburg and the Little Pigeon River on a 500-foot ascent to the top of Crockett Mountain.

Address:
765 Parkway
Gatlinburg , TN 37738

Drive Time: 90+ min.
Phone: (865) 436-4307
E-mail: skylift@bellsouth.net
Web: http://www.gatlinburgskylift.com/

Grandfather Mountain

Grandfather Mountain is the highest mountain in the Blue Ridge Mountain range at an elevation of 5,964 feet. The Mountain is privately owned and is operated as a scenic travel attraction and a world-class nature preserve.

Address:
2050 Blowing Rock Highway
Linville , NC 28646

Drive Time: 60-90 min.
Phone: (800) 468-7325
E-mail: nature@grandfather.com
Web: http://www.grandfather-mountain.com

Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

With the romance and mystique of an era gone by, guests on board the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad will enjoy year-round scenic train journeys across fertile valleys, through tunnels and across river gorges in a spectacular region of eastern America called the Great Smoky Mountains.

Address:
P.O. Box 397
Dillsboro , NC 28725

Drive Time: 60-90 min.
Phone: (800) 872-4681
Web: http://www.gsmr.com/

Lookout Mountain Incline Railway

The thrill of riding “America’s Most Amazing Mile&3148; has delighted guests for more than a century. As the Incline climbs historic Lookout Mountain, Chattanooga’s surrounding mountains and valleys come alive as the trolley- style railcars carry you cloud high.

Address:
827 East Brow Road
Lookout Mountain , TN 37350

Drive Time: 90+ min.
Phone: (423) 821-4224
E-mail: lenora@seerockcity.com
Web: http://www.lookoutmtnattractions.com/

Luray Caverns

A world-renowned attraction in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley.

Address:
970 U.S. Highway 211 West
Luray , VA 22835

Drive Time: 90+ min.
Phone: (540) 743-6551
E-mail: info@luraycaverns.com
Web: http://www.luraycaverns.com/

Museum of the Cherokee Indian

A museum designed to perpetuate the history, culture, and stories of the Cherokee people.

Address:
P.O. Box 1599
Cherokee , NC 28719

Drive Time: 60-90 min.
Phone: (828) 497-3481
E-mail: infocwy@cherokeemuseum.org
Web: http://www.cherokeemuseum.org/

Nantahala Outdoor Center

The Original Whitewater Outfitter
  Founded in 1972, NOC has earned an international reputation for the quality of our programs. We invite you to enjoy some of the many activities and services we offer at our Main Campus on the Nantahala and five other Southeastern rivers. We offer whitewater rafting, paddling instruction, an outfitter store and mail order, restaurants, lake paddling, mountain biking and so much more. Our number one goal is to provide you and your family with an exceptional outdoor experience, so you can enjoy your time together in the outdoors.

Address:
13077 Hwy 19 West
Bryson City , NC 28713

Drive Time: 90+ min.
Phone: (800) 232-7238
Web: http://www.noc.com/

Natural Bridge of Virginia

Nestled between the Blue Ridge and Alleghany Mountain ranges in the Southern Shenandoah Valley, Natural Bridge provides a unique, historic, picturesque and natural experience.

Address:
P.O. Box 57
Natural Bridge , VA 24578

Drive Time: 90+ min.
Phone: (800) 533-1410
E-mail: info@naturalbridgeva.com
Web: http://www.naturalbridgeva.com

Old Salem

Find yourself in another time and place with a visit to the Old Salem museums.

Address:
900 Old Salem Road
Winston-Salem , NC 27101

Drive Time: 90+ min.
Phone: (888) 653-7253
E-mail: webmaster@oldsalem.org
Web: http://www.oldsalem.org/

Rock City

Take an unforgettable journey high atop Lookout Mountain! Enjoy the quiet woodland paths and gardens. Discover ancient rock formations. Explore the 400 species of plants, flowers and shrubs. Each step is a discovery!

Address:
1400 Patten Road
Lookout Mountain , GA 30750

Drive Time: 90+ min.
Phone: (706) 820-2531
Web: http://www.seerockcity.com

Ruby Falls

Discover an intriguing natural wonder at Ruby Falls, one of Chattanooga Tennessee’s favorite attractions. The thundering 145 foot waterfall inside historic Lookout Mountain has been thrilling visitors since 1929.

Address:
1720 South Scenic Highway
Chattanooga , TN 37409

Drive Time: 90+ min.
Phone: (423) 821-2544
E-mail: info@rubyfalls.com
Web: http://www.rubyfalls.com/

The Lost Sea

Deep inside a mountain near Sweetwater in East Tennessee is a remarkable body of water known as The Lost Sea. Listed by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s largest underground lake, the Lost Sea is part of an extensive and historic cave system called Craighead Caverns.

Address:
140 Lost Sea Road
Sweetwater , TN 37874

Drive Time: 90+ min.
Phone: (423) 337-6616
E-mail: Lisa@thelostsea.com
Web: http://www.thelostsea.com/

Tweetsie Railroad

Visit North Carolina’s first theme park and take a trip back into the days of the Old West. Hop aboard the train for an unforgettable three-mile journey through the scenic mountains.

Address:
300 Tweetsie Railroad Lane
Blowing Rock , NC 28605

Drive Time: 90+ min.
Phone: (800) 526-5740
Web: http://www.tweetsie-railroad.com


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