Monday, March 5, 2012

Lovely Article on the Blue Ridge Parkway...BUT


I love this article even though it doesn't give mention to some of my favorite places,so I will just say # 6 is Mabry Mill noted for being one of the most photographed sites on the parkway and a working mill. Floyd county # 7 has one of the longest routes along the parkway and is definitely worth exploring. We have mountain music and artisans willing to show and share there talents with you. Our bed and breakfast Mountain Song Inn is located off the parkway and a perfect place to stay while checking out all Floyd County has to offer.




Experience Appalachia's heritage, vistas


The most-visited attraction within the National Park System isn’t a monument, battlefield or forest. It is a road.
Last year, more than 15 million people traveled the Blue Ridge Parkway. Started during the Great Depression as a public works project, the scenic highway takes a 469-mile route along the Appalachians, from Shenandoah National Park in Virginia to Great Smokey Mountains National Park in North Carolina. On the way, there are scores of scenic turnouts, parks, museums, attractions, markets, picnic sites, hiking trails, visitor centers and campgrounds. Here is an introduction to five of the most popular stops:
1. James River Visitor Center, Milepost 63.6: At the lowest elevation on the entire parkway, it can be easy to zip past this spot on your way to the area’s most impressive peaks. Those who take the time to stop will be rewarded with charming views of water and foliage. The visitor center includes information on the James River’s historic importance as a transportation corridor, and a short trail crosses over the river by bridge to a restored 19th-century canal lock. In the other direction, a 3.5-mile trail follows Otter Creek and offers glimpses of beaver dams and other wildlife. blueridgeparkway.org
2. Blue Ridge Music Center, Milepost 213: The parkway cuts through a region that has had an unparalleled influence on American roots music, from old-time fiddle tunes to the birth of recorded country music. This facility pays tribute to that legacy, with exhibits inside an interpretive center and performances at a 3,000-seat amphitheater that have included such legends as Doc Watson and Ralph Stanley. In addition to almost daily music during its operating season from May through October, the center offers scenic views of Fisher Peak.blueridgemusiccenter.org
3. Moses H. Cone Memorial Park and Flat Top Manor, Milepost 294.1: The Southern Highland Craft Guild operates five craft shops, but only one of them is housed within a 13,000-square-foot, 23-room, Beaux Arts mansion on a 3,500 acre estate. Built by textile magnate and conservationist Moses Cone in 1901, the manor house is open spring through fall, offering craft demonstrations, guided walks and interpretive programs. The surrounding park, on the other hand, is open year-round and features 25 miles of carriage trails and 100 picnic sites. blueridgeheritage.com
4. Linn Cove Viaduct, Milepost 304.4: The final segment of the parkway to be completed, this 1,243-foot bridge was finished in 1983 and opened to traffic in 1987. Snaking around Grandfather Mountain to minimize environmental damage, it cost almost $10 million and has been hailed as an engineering marvel. A trail departing from a visitor center at the southern end allows hikers to walk along and underneath the viaduct.blueridgeparkway.org
5. Waterrock Knob, Milepost 451.2: The visitor center for this mountain peak is at an elevation of nearly 6,000 feet. You need not go any farther than the parking lot for spectacular views to the east and west—making it a renowned location for watching both sunrises and sunsets—but for hikers there is a 1.2-mile trail to the summit. There you can enjoy a panoramic vista of the Great Smokey Mountains and Maggie Valley.blueridgeparkway.org

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