Vacation Attractions near Us on the Blue Ridge Parkway

North Toe River: Go on a tubing or kayaking adventure. Great fun for the whole family! It’s also a great fishing area with plentiful trout and bass.

Riding the roads: The roads in western North Carolina’s mountains offer great opportunities for riders of motorcycles, bicycles and automobiles. The scenic beauty is incomparable and people travel from all over the world to experience it as a must-do “bucket list” adventure.

Rock and gem mining: This area has many fine gem mining establishments:
Rio Doce, located on 226 South less than a mile from the inn.
Gem Mountain is located 2 miles north on 226 South toward Spruce Pine.
Emerald Village is located 6 miles southwest on McKinney Mine Road.

Waterfalls: Take a scenic hike to one of the area’s beautiful waterfalls.
Linville Falls is 15 miles north just off the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Crabtree Falls is 8 miles south off the Parkway
Grassy Creek Falls is 3 miles off the Parkway at milepost 334.

Grandfather Mountain:
Grandfather Mountain is one of the biggest attractions in North Carolina and is only 25 miles north from the Skyline Village Inn. It lies at milepost 305. We are at Milepost 331.

Mount Mitchell:
Mount Mitchell is the highest peak east of the Mississippi. Towering over the Blue Ridge it reaches 6,684 feet in height. Mount Mitchell is located at milepost 356, 25 miles south on the Parkway from the Skyline Village Inn.

Roan Mountain:
Roan Mountain is 25 miles northwest. The Appalachian Trail passes through Roan, marking a boundary between North Carolina and Tennessee. With the open fields below at Carvers Gap and the plentiful Rhododendron Forests, this is one of the most scenic hikes on the Appalachian Trail.

Linville Gorge and Wilderness Area:
The Linville Gorge is also known as the Grand Canyon of the East. View Linville Mountain from the Skyline Village Inn, where sunrise greets the Blue Ridge each morning and the lack of artificial lights coming off Linville ensures a starry sky on clear nights.

Wilson Creek Wild and Scenic River:
Wilson Creek is a favorite trout fishing area and a great place to go riding on dirt and gravel roads. It is a very primitive area with little development, and a wonderful place to escape.