Trails & Scenic Byways

There are many ways to enjoy the beauty of our natural world here in the foothills of North Carolina.

Here a few of the many ways to enjoy our region

  • Blue Ridge Parkway

    The Blue Ridge Parkway has drawn millions of visitors from around the world to western North Carolina over the past 75+ years. The parkway was completed in 1987, when the last stretch was laid and the spectacular viaduct built around Grandfather Mountain.
  • Overmountain Victory Trail

    The Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail (OVT) is the path taken by the Overmountain Men as they marched to the Battle of Kings Mountain, the turning point of the American Revolutionary War.
  • Scenic Byways

    Three of North Carolina’s Scenic Byways cross Foothills Conservancy’s eight-county region: the Pisgah Loop, circling the Linville Gorge; the Upper Yadkin Way through Happy Valley in Caldwell County; and South Mountains Scenery crossing upper Rutherford and Cleveland counties.
  • Carolina Thread Trail

    Foothills Conservancy is assisting with the creation of the ambitious Carolina Thread Trail (CTT) in Cleveland, Lincoln and Catawba counties.