Since its beginning, the Blue Ridge Parkway has cultivated a spirit of preservation of the nature and culture of the surrounding mountains. Great care was taken during its construction to disrupt the mountains as little as possible, while still choosing a route that would give travelers a glimpse of Appalachian life. Today, the Parkway continues to give honor, attention, and appreciation to its rich history and unique ecology. Frequently along the roadway and in the surrounding areas, visitors will find small and large museums, where they can view educational displays and oftentimes see live demonstrations.
Hours of Operation
Open year round, 9 am - 5 pm, 7 days a week.
214 Parkway Maint. Rd, Spruce Pine, NC 28777
More than 300 varieties of minerals & gems are showcased in the Museum of North Carolina Minerals, located on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Because of the Parkway’s popularity, this museum may introduce more people to minerals and gems that any other such facility in the country. The museum features interactive displays about the minerals found in the region as well as the historical importance of the mining industry to the local economy. A gift shop featuring souvenirs and books on Western North Carolina is located in the museum.