Visitor Center

The Northwest Trading Post


The Northwest Trading Post is closed for the Season.

414 Trading Post Rd (MM #259)
Glendale Springs, North Carolina 28629

Closed for the Season

The Northwest Trading Post, situated at mile marker 259 along the Blue Ridge Parkway, has become a fixture for Parkway motorists, cyclists, leaf peepers and hikers looking for something special while on their adventure.

Located in Glendale, NC and just outside of Boone, the Post was built in the late 1950’s and features a 2,000 square foot space chock full of Parkway t-shirts, hats, nature-based games and children’s activities. Local pastries, crafts and homemade pottery and jewelry round out the retail side of the Post. But maybe you’re looking to take a break and sit a spell? The Trading Post also serves up pre-packaged sandwiches and snacks, ice-cold drinks, fudge and all are best enjoyed while sitting on the Trading Post’s large rocking chairs on the front porch. And new for this year – FIND Outdoors is introducing educational opportunities for our visitors to the area. Cherokee talks and demonstrations, Mountains-To-Sea hikes and more are on tap with many more to come this season. Come on up to the Northwest Trading Post next time you’re cruising the Parkway!


From Asheville NC, take I-40 E and US-64 E to NC-18/Wilkesboro Blvd NE in Lenoir. Continue on NC-18. Take NC-16 N to Trading Post Rd in Ashe County. Continue onto NC-18/Wilkesboro Blvd NE.Continue to follow NC-18. Turn left onto Boomer Rd. Turn right onto NC-268 E. Turn left onto Old Hwy 268. Turn right onto State Rd 1143. Continue onto NC-16 N. Take the exit toward Blue Rdg Pkwy. Turn right onto Blue Rdg Pkwy. Turn left onto Trading Post Rd

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  • Gift Shop
  • Cafe
  • Public Restrooms
Things to do…
  • Mountains to Sea Hikes
  • Educational Programs


Educational Activities

Jr. Ranger Program

The Jr. Ranger program at FIND Outdoors introduces visitors to the seven Leave No Trace principles in a fun and easy to understand way. Each FREE booklet provides games, things to talk about around a campfire, and different “Ranger Missions” to explore each of the Leave No Trace principles.  

Ask about becoming a Jr. Ranger the next time you visit a FIND Outdoors site!

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FIND Outdoors Tours & Field Trips

Education is integral to FIND Outdoors mission, we offer educational programs, field trips and tours at all of the visitor centers and campgrounds we manage. Whether you use our self-guided Junior Ranger booklet to become a Leave No Trace advocate or visit with a school field trip, we love seeing children, adults and families explore, learn about and enjoy their public lands.

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Get your Visitor Center Passport!

Pick up a complimentary FIND Outdoors Visitor Center Passport at any of our managed visitor centers — Anna Ruby Falls, Brasstown Bald, Cradle of Forestry, Gladie Visitor Center, Northwest Trading Post, and Pisgah Visitor Center. Then stop by all six to collect your passport stamps.

When you’ve got all six stamps, email to receive a prize!

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