Natural Heritage

Fly Fishing Museum of the Southern Appalachians

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Fly Fishing Museum of the Southern Appalachians

The rivers and streams of the NC mountains and foothills are among the most popular destinations for anglers, especially those who are avid about fly fishing.

The Fly Fishing Museum of the Southern Appalachians, now located in Bryson City, is filled with exhibits and videos showcasing profiles of legendary "Stream Blazers," the evolution of rods and reels, basic knots, fly-tying, types of gear, types of gamefish, regional fishing waters, and the history of fly fishing in the Southeast.

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Tryon

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Tryon

A Small Town with Big Personalities

Many of the historic buildings on Tryon’s Trade Street, as we know it today, were in place by 1900, including a general store, pharmacy and post office.  Buildings like these have contributed to Tryon receiving the designation of historic district by the National Register of Historic Places. Tryon quickly grew as a resort town, bringing tourists to the area to enjoy the mountain views and good climate.

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Elk Knob State Park

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Elk Knob State Park

Elk Knob State Park is located in the Meat Camp area of Watauga County.  Elk Knob, at 5520 feet, is an amphibolite mountain with grass-covered grounds beneath a hardwood canopy.  There are amazing panoramic views at the top of the 1.9 mile summit trail.

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Mars Hill

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Mars Hill

A Town Born From Education

Before 1856, when no more than 10 families lived on what was then known as Pleasant Hill, education was important to the parents who founded an academy to educate their children.

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Dayton Duncan Presentation

In August 2014, the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area hosted Dayton Duncan , author and co-producer with Ken Burns of The National Parks: America's Best Idea. Mr. Duncan's presentation underscored the importance of stewardship and preservation of America's special places, be they national parks, forests, or cultural treasures.

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Cradle of Forestry

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