Blue Ridge Parkway
Section 3

Cradle of Forestry

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The Cradle of Forestry is in the valley immediately below this overlook. The South Fork of Mills River flows out of the valley behind Queen Creek Mountain to join the Mills River and then the French Broad River. In the distance to the southeast, Hogback Mountain to Bryant Mountain are in South Carolina and Grassy Top Mountain & Little Rich Mountain are on the North Carolina/South Carolina line. I-26 passes between Rich Mountain and Stoney Mountain to the east below Asheville.