On your way to the bustling Asheville area or its neighboring foothills towns in the Blue Ridge Mountains, this Welcome Center (located at Mile Marker 6) is ready to welcome you daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. It's closed on New Year's Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Amenities include:
- Restrooms, including family restrooms
- Handicap accessibility
- Motorcoach/RV parking
- Internet access/smart phone charging station
- Picnic tables and grills
- Vending machines and a water fountain
- Recycle and trash receptacles
- Dog bag dispenser
- Scenic overlook
- Western N.C. arts and crafts on display, plus local attractions' exhibits
- Monarch program