Museum of North Carolina Minerals ~ Mile post 331 on Blue Bridge Parkway at Spruce Pine

Sophie & Sign Sophie on rock another rock
Sophie (age 13) at museum sign ~ Click on photo for larger image. Outdoor mineral exhibit ~ Rock 1 Rock 2

On the Parkway

overlook sign View from 3 knobs overlook yellow flowers
Three Knobs Overlook sign
Elevation 3875'
View Yellow wildflowers at Three Knobs Overlook
Singecat Ridge overlook daisy fleabane daisy fleabane
View from Singecat Ridge Overlook
Elevation 3406'
Drift of daisy fleabane Daisy fleabane at Singecat Ridge Overlook

Mt. Mitchell State Park

   
Sophie at Mt. Mitchell Sophie & Anne clouds at Mt. Mitchell
Sophie at the highest point east of the Mississippi River ~ Elevation 6684' Sophie & Anne View from tower ~ Click on photo for larger image.
view from tower clouds on the mountain Sophie on a rock!
View from tower ~ Click on photo for larger image. View of parking lot from tower More rocks! Don't fall off!
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Sophie on another rock trail sign Balsam trail
Big rock on the Balsam Nature Trail
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Follow the blazes & don't get lost. Sophie on the Balsam Nature Trail
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Back on the Parkway

   
in a cloud craggy gardens Sophie at visitor center
Sophie in a cloud at Craggy Gardens
Elevation 5500'
Parking lot at Craggy Gardens Craggy Gardens Visitor Center ~ MP 364
Bull Creek sign View of Bull Creek Valley another view
Overlook sign ~ Elevation 3483
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View from Bull Creek Valley Overlook Another view of the valley
Haw Creek overlook sign View of Haw Creek Valley wood sorrel
Overlook sign ~ Elevation 2720
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View from Haw Creek Valley Overlook Wood sorrel at Haw Creek Valley Overlook
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For More Information

Blue Ridge Natural Heritage Area ~ Museum of North Carolina Minerals
Spruce Pine Information about Museum of North Carolina Minerals
Blue Ridge Parkway

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Photos in header: Niagra Falls; Big Sur, CA; Golden Gate Bridge, CA; Sunset on the Baltic Sea;
Virginia Creeper Trail, VA; Emerald Lake, Yukon, Canada; Glacier Bay, Alaska; Sunset on the Pacific; Triple Falls at DuPont Forest, NC.
Header Photo Credits: All Anne S. Napier except Niagra Falls by Herman Stubblefield.

Photos by Anne S. Napier
Updated May 10, 2013