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Blue Ridge Parkway- NORTHWEST TRADING POST, Glendale Springs

As you’re driving along the beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway through the Ashe County NC area, you will come upon the historic Northwest Trading Post, now also called Sally Mae’s on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Set back from the yard with a wide yard and a sweeping mountain vista across the Parkway, it’s a perfect location to stop and refresh yourself.

Northwest Trading Post- come on in!

There are several gift stops and rest stations along the Parkway, and I’ve been in them all, but this one ranks as one of my favorites. Not only is it one of the friendliest shops, but I think it’s one of the best because it’s one of the largest and it offers the most variety.

One of the first things you see as you look to the left upon entering is the cases of homemade fudge. No diet here! For those with a little more self will, enjoy browsing around the shelves of handmade crafts. The Northwest Trading Post is the mecca for home crafters in eleven northwestern NC counties, including the home base of Ashe County.

Fused glass handmade items

Love the little faces in these cute little guys!

I have a little sign on my wall at my office saying “Live happy, laugh much, email often!” and my sister has a sign in her room worded “Please don’t clean up my mess- you’ll confuse me and screw up my world!” Where else would we find something so cute? I’ve got a zipper pull on my camera case with my name on it from that store, and I’ve picked up locally made candies and snacks there too. (If you’re a chewy candy aficionado like me, don’t miss the Mountain Sweets brand versions of Twizzlers- they have so many flavors it’s hard to pick, and they’re all great!)

There are picnic tables and restrooms there, as well as a designated place for dogs to stretch too. Sit a spell on the front porch and enjoy the serene surroundings and the view into the wild blue yonder. The building, more than 50 years old now, was recently renovated, making it even roomier and more handicap accessible.

Don’t miss visiting the historic Northwest Trading Post!

Where Is It?
On the Blue Ridge Parkway, MP 258.6, at the intersection with Trading Post Lane and Old NC Hwy 16.
Closed Seasonally (November-April), call for hours 336-982-2543

All text and photos copyright 2011 Cassandra Hartley, Blue Ridge NC Guide. No portion of this article is to be copied, saved, or otherwise distributed without express written consent. Sharing is encouraged using the designated social media sharing buttons at the bottom of this article. Photos for this post provided by our sister site Photos by Cassandra Lea. Author received no compensation, monetary or otherwise, in exchange for this article.


About Cassandra Lea

Native of Blowing Rock, NC; married to a fellow High Country native; lover of the outdoors, history, and local shopping & dining; and proud advocate of everything this area has to offer!


12 thoughts on “Blue Ridge Parkway- NORTHWEST TRADING POST, Glendale Springs

  1. On our honeymoon following September 3, 1967, wedding we stopped at Northwest Trading Post and bought a hand-made six-string guitar of woods black walnut and cherry. After we returned to our theological school studies and work in New York City, after we used the guitar in church children’s singing and left it in a locked closet in the church, the next time we returned (on Monday?) someone had stolen the guitar. In that place and time, this meant never recovering that treasure (and memory).


    Posted by Bob Braxton | January 26, 2012, 8:57 pm
  2. I have a lot of very happy memories of the Northwest Trading Post. My family has gone there through the years and became good friends with Faye and Pete Dancy. There will never be anyone like them. As we have gone through the years the families have still remained very close. WE are planning to spend Thanksgiving with Faye this year. She has taught me more back roads than you could imagine through the years. She was great with stocking the trading post the way it was meant to be. From the crafts, to the homemade foods there was no where like the Trading Post. One of the things that made it so unique was the friendships that formed through the years. The last time I was in there, it was nothing like it had been. I guess growth is good, but some things would be better off left along.


    Posted by carolyn humphries-wiseman | September 19, 2012, 11:16 pm
  3. Too bad it wasn’t open Memorial Day weekend 2013.


    Posted by Larsa | May 27, 2013, 5:24 pm
  4. 2017 will be half a century (fifty years) from our honeymoon 1967. Today I have (two) very nice guitars – a Martin classic (silk on steel) and a Yamaha (1975) 12-string steel strings also.


    Posted by Bob Braxton | May 28, 2013, 3:27 pm


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