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Acadia NP SE Maine 1919 48,419 (19,603) Mountain and coast scenery.
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Blue Ridge,

eastern range of the Appalachian Mts., extending south from S Pa. to N Ga.; highest mountains in the E United States. Mt. Mitchell, 6,684 ft (2,037 m) high, is the tallest peak. Beginning with a narrow ridge in the north, c.10 mi (16 km) wide, the range broadens toward the south, reaching a maximum width of 70 mi (113 km) in North Carolina. Receiving much rain, the region is heavily forested; wood is the area's chief resource. The Blue Ridge was a barrier to the pioneers' westward movement. Numerous gaps cross the ridge; the gap at Harpers Ferry, W.Va., was an important railroad traverse. Most of the people of the Blue Ridge live on small farms in sheltered valleys and retain traditional lifestyles and speech. Principal economic activities there include livestock raising, farming, tobacco growing, and lumber production. Commercial apple orchards are found in Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. The Blue Ridge is a major East Coast recreation area noted for its resorts and scenery. The Appalachian TrailAppalachian Trail,
officially Appalachian National Scenic Trail,
hiking path, 2,144 mi (3,450 km) long, passing through 14 states, E United States. Conceived in 1921 by Benton MacKaye, forester and regional planner, and completed in 1937, the trail extends along the
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 winds atop the range. Skyline Drive, Va., following the crest of the Blue Ridge in Shenandoah National Park, has many roadside lookouts. The Blue Ridge Parkway (see National Parks and MonumentsNational Parks and Monuments

National Parks
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Acadia NP SE Maine 1919 48,419 (19,603) Mountain and coast scenery.
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, table), designed especially for motor recreation, links the Shenandoah and Great Smoky Mts. national parks.
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The Waltons, which made its network television premiere on September 14, 1972 on CBS, follows one family's life as they run a lumber mill during the Great Depression in rural Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains.
When ``Cold Mountain'' becomes a movie, author Charles Frazier says, the filming must be done for accuracy's sake in the Blue Ridge Mountains, the home of the peak in the novel's title.
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