With spring just waiting around the proverbial corner, one great way to celebrate its arrival is by making a pilgrimage to any one of 423 National Park Sites across the US. Fortunately for Wildberry Lodge guests, we have several National Park sites within a short drive of our majestic mountain lodge, including the better known Great Smoky Mountains National Park along with some lesser known sites just waiting for your visit!
Save Big With Our Spring Break Getaway At Wildberry Lodge!
To celebrate the arrival of Spring and Spring Break, we invite you to stay 7 nights with us-and you’ll only pay for 6 nights! Valid through April 30, 2021. Call 828-683-2525 for more info and to make your reservations!
A Lazy Drive Through The Countryside:
Believe it or not, the 469 mile-long Blue Ridge Parkway is a designated National “Parkway”. There are just 4 national parkways in the National Park System (NPS), and we’ve got the best one right here! The Blue Ridge Parkway borders both the Great Smoky Mountains and Shenandoah National Park, spanning Virginia and North Carolina, and is a trailway to discovering Appalachian culture and history.
A Literary Giant’s Home:
Down the road apiece in Flat Rock is the Carl Sandberg National Historic Site, formerly the home of the Pulitzer-Prize winning poet, writer, and biographer. The park was authorized on October 17, 1968, and opened in 1974. In addition to Sandberg’s home, there are 264 acres of pastures, ponds, and hiking trails, and many additional structures including the goat barn and Museum Preservation Center.
King Of The Forests:
Half a million acres of some of the most gorgeous mountain scenery awaits you at Pisgah National Forest, which blankets the Asheville perimeter. Originally part of the Biltmore Estate, Pisgah National Forest was established October 7, 1916, and also established the first school of forestry in the United States. Hiking enthusiasts enjoy hundreds of miles of trails leading to whitewater rivers, waterfalls and countless exploration opportunities.
A 2,100+ Mile Hiker’s Paradise:
The Appalachian National Scenic Trail, or “AT” as it’s affectionately known locally, is 2,174 miles long and spans 14 states from Maine through Georgia, and was completed in 1937. Experienced hikers annually hike the entire trail, but there are many options for day, weekend and short-term hikes near Asheville including Roan Mountain, Hot Springs and Fontana Dam.
America’s Most Visited National Park:
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park evolved from an “idea” in the late 1800’s to a multi-year work in progress by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930’s. The Civilian Conservation Corps, or CCC, was a creation of President Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal as a response to the Great Depression, and provided jobs to unemployed young men. President Roosevelt dedicated the park in 1940, and it’s one of the very few national parks with no entrance fee thanks to a deed restriction established by the state of Tennessee when the park was originally established.
At Wildberry Lodge, we treat you like a national treasure! Book your stay at our “luxuriously rustic” vacation getaway in North Carolina’s Smoky Mountains and get ready for a vacation like no other. We’re open-come share some crisp mountain air with us! Check out our specials, book online or call us at 828-683-2525.