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Blue Ridge Parkway

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O V E R V I E W
Facility:Blue Ridge Parkway
Description:The Blue Ridge Parkway is literally the "Backbone" of a great scenic mountain region embracing the Southern (and highest) portion of the Appalachian mountain range, an area of approximately 20,000 square miles.
A D D R E S S
Address 1:301 N Wilmington Street
Address 2:4324 Mail Service Center
City:Raleigh
State/Province:NC
Zip Code:27601-4324
V I S I T I N G   I N F O
Hours:24 hours/7Days a week
Admission:Free
Telephone:(800) 847-4862
Website:http://www.blueridgeparkway.org/directory.htm
R E V I E W S
B. Harwood, Co-op Member
There is so much to see and do along the Parkway- it's really hard to put your finger on it. We usually are in the Blowing Rock/Grandfather Mountain area when we go. Obviously, there is Grandfather Mountain just off the parkway- with lots to see and do, including an animal reserve area and of course- the Mile High Bridge :) (not for the faint of heart!!)

But driving along in the fall, it's simply gorgeous. Anytime is beautiful though. There are several places along the drive that you can pull off and enjoy the view, or even take a hike. You'll see waterfalls here and there. Linville Falls are further south along the Parkway also.

We've found Gem Mining places just off the parkway. It's also fun to explore some of the small towns off the parkway. (Blowing Rock has a great park, an ice cream/fudge shop, General Store, and more.)

It's a great way to slow down! Go fishing, fly a kite at a park....so much.
B. Hargett, Co-op Member
When we could spare the time, we loved hopping on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Just driving along and looking at the scenery was calming after a busy, stressful week. There are over 200 overlooks, some with picnic areas, most with magnificent views, and some to stretch your legs or get some serious exercise on one of the 100 trails. On some lookouts, we could not stop singing: Jeremiah 32:17 "Ah Lord GOD! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee"
Check out this site for a list: http://www.virtualblueridge.com/parkway_tour/overlooks.asp

The two places we liked the most were far apart. We loved to hop on and visit Mabry Mill at mile post 176.2 in Floyd County, VA. You can see a gristmill, a sawmill, and a blacksmith shop, and buy flour or cornmeal ground there. Another memory maker for us was Mount Pisgah at milepost 407 in western North Carolina. That trail is marvelous, and we accomplished it with younger children easily although it has several steep spots. The view from that 5,700 feet height is spectacular. We still chuckle over one of our younger children innocently asking, "Was this tower here when Moses was here?"

One more thing for all the night sky lovers. The Parkway is a great place to park to see a clear Milky Way!
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