Blue Ridge Parkway Road Trip
The peaceful, scenic town of Valle Crucis is a relatively untouched treasure of a community along the parkway. Three streams converge in the shape of an archbishop’s cross here, giving the town its name, which means “valley of the cross” in Latin. The perfect way to experience this rural country is on horseback. Dutch Creek Trails offers rides on their family-owned, 132-acre farm that offers views of Hanging Rock, Grandfather Mountain, and lush mountain peaks and valleys. After your ride, check out Mast General Store, the oldest continuously operating general store in the United States—worth checking out for quality outdoor gear, supplies and snacks.