Although it is a scenic byway with plenty of natural attractions, the Blue Ridge Parkway also has a mission to interpret the culture of the region. Signage, exhibits, and restored historic structures help educate visitors about the history and culture of Appalachia. Of the Parkway’s 469 miles, more than half are located in North Carolina. As a partner in the Blue Ridge Heritage Initiative, the Parkway connects natural resources with cultural resources and connects visitors to communities. The southern terminus of the Parkway is at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Parkway headquarters are located in Asheville. Visitor facilities include five campgrounds, six visitor centers, two lodges, and three restaurants scattered throughout the region.