10 Ways To Explore the Blue Ridge Parkway

The Blue Ridge Parkway is an iconic scenic highway that stretches 469 miles along the spine of the Blue Ridge Mountains. This unique unit of the National Park Service offers interactive historic sites, visitor centers, picnic areas, campgrounds, miles of breath taking mountain scenery, and much more. Whether planning a day trip or a multiday family […]

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The Past, Present, and Future of Forestry Come Alive At the Cradle of Forestry

The Past, Present, and Future of Forestry Come Alive At the Cradle of Forestry in America © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Nestled in Pink Beds Valley is the Cradle of Forestry in America. This heritage site is the birthplace of science-based forest management. George and Edith Vanderbilt of the nearby Biltmore Estate are accredited for this living legacy. Some 87,000 aces of the Vanderbilt’s “Pisgah Forest” tract became the nucleus of the Pisgah National Forest, established in […]

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Heaven Is a Little Closer On The Blue Ridge Parkway

Spanning 469 miles through 29 counties, the Blue Ridge Parkway takes travelers along the Appalachian Mountains through Virginia and North Carolina providing a unique view of foliage and history. One of the most scenic roads in America, the parkway connects Shenandoah National Park with the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It starts at Rockfish Gap, […]

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Blue Ridge Parkway Mountain Majesty

One of the most scenic roads in America, the Blue Ridge Parkway is a 469-mile road that winds along the crest of the Appalachian Mountains providing an unique view of picturesque landscape and history. The Parkway connects Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park at the north end with North Carolina’s Great Smoky Mountains National Park at the south […]

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Alpine Helen: Heart of Bavaria in the Blue Ridge Mountains

Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains on the gently flowing Chattahoochee River, Helen is a re-creation of a Bavarian Alpine village, complete with new buildings, old-world trim and detail, and cobblestone alleys. The history of Helen and the surrounding areas offers a fascinating variety of stories that include some of the earliest native hunters and […]

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