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Riding the Cherohala Skyway Through a Mountain Wilderness

Having the Cherohala Skyway in two states, travelers can either choose the Tennessee access route from Tellico Plains to Robbinsville or the North Carolina access route from Robbinsville to Tellico Plains. Our access point was Robbinsville. Though the official Skyway is 36 miles long, the distance between Robbinsville and Tellico Plains is about 50 miles. To […]

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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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Forest Heritage Scenic Byway & Cradle of Forestry Historic Site

Travel back in time and explore history and beautiful scenery on the Forest Heritage Scenic Byway (U.S. 276) through the Pisgah National Forest. As you wind your way on old settlement roads past mountain peaks and cascading waterfalls, imagine how this landscape looked decades ago when modern forestry began. Begin your driving journey at the […]

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