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Flowing among the beautiful mountains and valleys of Virginia and North Carolina, the 469-mile-long Blue Ridge Parkway is a true American jewel. Built to expose motorists to nature as well as to preserve its beauty, the Parkway still delivers unrivaled beauty today. Whether going for the day or driving the entire parkway, visitors will want to grab a copy of the Guide to the Blue Ridge Parkway in order to aid their exploration. With a new cover and text design, this milepost guide highlights the many significant points of interest located on and nearby the Parkway, including Mount Mitchell, the highest point east of the Mississippi, Moses H. Cone Memorial Park, and Mabry Mill, one of the most photographed sites on the Parkway. Locations of overlooks, waterfalls, and tunnels as well as key entry/exit points along the Parkway are noted as well. Also included in the book is a brief history of the Parkway itself, a look at the surrounding geology and human history of the area, and an extensive wildflower bloom calendar.
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A national treasure that was designed to be enjoyed from the seat of a car, the Blue Ridge Parkway reveals the beauty and splendor of the Blue Ridge Mountains. If you are planning a visit or are already on your way, you¿ll want a copy of the Guide to the Blue Ridge Parkway to discover all that the Parkway has to offer.
This milepost guide highlights important attractions and destinations on the 469-mile Parkway, including cultural parks, remnants of historical Appalachia, as well as trailheads and campgrounds. Sidebars throughout the guidebook cover diverse subjects, such as the preservation of view sheds and the habits of animals that frequent the Parkway. And wildflower enthusiasts will benefit from the bloom calendar, which notes peak bloom times and general locations of the flowers.
Whether you explore only a few miles or tour the entire length of the Parkway, the Guide to the Blue Ridge Parkway will guarantee you get miles of enjoyment out of this national treasure.
Frank and Victoria Logue hiked the entire Appalachian Trail in 1988. They have returned again and again to hike its many sections on day and overnight hikes. Frank served on the Appalachian Trail Conference Board of Managers. The Logues live in Georgia where Frank works as an Episcopal priest while Victoria writes. They both enjoy sharing their love of nature with their daughter, Griffin. Born in Florida, Nicole Blouin graduated from Appalachian State Univeristy in North Carolina, where she fell in love with the mountains. Presently, she lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and keeps busy with freelance writing, editing work, and managing a rock climbing gym.
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