Blue Ridge Country May/June 2020 - BPG 28

MP 408.6 | Looking Glass Rock - Pisgah National Forest

BY ADOBESTOCK: JADIMAGES

Columbine (Aquilegia
canadensis) about 2 feet
tall, nodding red and
yellow flower. May-July.

ADOBESTOCK: BY MICHAEL SHAKE

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in downtown stores. Follow
the Haywood County Quilt
Trail around the area to see
quilt patterns representing
mountain heritage. Food,
music and dancing are
plentiful in Maggie Valley,
and be sure to stop by the
Wheels Through Time
museum for its premier
300+ collection of
motorcycles.
At MP 451.2, visit
Waterrock Knob, which at
5,820 feet in elevation, is
home to the parkway's
highest visitor center,

which is open seasonally. Known for its beautiful
long-range views of several
major mountain chains in
the Appalachians, Waterrock Knob is uniquely suited
for viewing sunrises and
sunsets. The Eastern Band
of the Cherokee Indians
makes this section of North
Carolina their home.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park. (MP
462.9)
Explore the western boundary of the nation's most
visited national park begin-

MP 469.1 | Cherokee Indian Reservation

ning at the Oconaluftee
Visitor Center entrance.
Walk amongst a pioneer village and watch the grist mill
operate, take a ranger-led
tour, see exhibits of mountain life, and pick up maps,
books and souvenirs. With
a bit of good timing, catch
a glimpse of the elk grazing
in nearby fields. Consider
extending your GSM tour
into the park to camp at
Smokemont, view waterfalls, hike, fish and watch for
black bears.
Cherokee. (MP 469)
Discover the history
and culture of First Nation
Cherokee people throughout the 56,000-acre Qualla
Boundary territory. Learn
about early life at the Museum of the Cherokee Indian,
Oconaluftee Indian Village,
and via the renowned live
performance of "Unto These
Hills." Purchase authentic
creations at Qualla Arts and
Crafts and enjoy a picnic
and fishing on the downtown Oconaluftee River.
Delight in Indian tacos and
local produce at restaurants
and markets, then try your
luck at Harrah's Casino.



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