Blue Ridge Parkway

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Blue Ridge Parkway

Address:199 Hemphill Knob Rd
Asheville, NC 28803

Size: 93,735 acres.
Established: Initial construction funds allocated under authority of the National Industrial Recovery Act of June 16, 1933; National Park Service administration authorized on June 30, 1936.
Location:Parkway extends 469 miles along the crests of the southern Appalachians in Virginia and North Carolina, linking two eastern national parks -- Shenandoah and Great Smoky Mountains (see separate listings for descriptions of each). The motor road is marked every mile by concrete mileposts beginning at MP 0 near Shenandoah NP and ending at MP 469 at Great Smoky Mountain NP.
Facilities:Campgrounds (é), picnic area, rest rooms (é), cabin rental, lodging, groceries, restaurant/snacks, boat rental, visitor centers (é), museum/exhibit, self-guided tour/trail.
Activities:Camping, hiking, bicycling, horseback riding, boating, fishing, bird-watching, wildlife viewing, auto touring, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, ranger programs, historical and cultural demonstrations.
Special Features:Following the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains, this scenic parkway ranges in elevation from 649 to 6,047 feet above sea level and embraces several large recreational and natural history areas and Appalachian cultural sites in North Carolina and Virginia.

See other parks in North Carolina.
Parks Directory of the United States, 5th Edition. © 2007 by Omnigraphics, Inc.
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For example, the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation's Kids in Parks program has connected more than 450,000 children to parks.
For decades, the National Park Service was one of the major perpetrators of mountain mythologies, especially when it came to the Blue Ridge Parkway.
It is the first in a series of five “Gap” novels that will take the reader through the vistas and hairpin turns of Virginia's Blue Ridge Parkway and mountains.
During the summer months, opportunities for mountain hiking, mediation, and scenic enjoyment are available on the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Smokey Mountain National Forest just minutes away.
While chatting over lobster bisque at the decadent restaurant Elements high atop the Blue Ridge Parkway last fall it seemed backwoods corn liquor would be a likely topic.
THE BLUE RIDGE Parkway, the largest national park in the United States, celebrates its 75th anniversary this year.
Anne Mitchell Whisnant, Super-scenic Motorway: a Blue Ridge Parkway History, University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill NC (2006), 452 pp, US$34.95
State parks alone--including the Blue Ridge Parkway, the most visited unit of the National Park Service--attract 13.4 million visitors and generate roughly $400 million each year.
Some 200 vintage photographs show the construction of the nearly 500 mile-long Blue Ridge Parkway, which begun in the New Deal era to create jobs and was completed in 1983 as "America's most scenic route." Hall, who grew up in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, and the nonprofit FRIENDS of the Blue Ridge Parkway, Inc., supply the captions.
After more than 20 years of planning, Blue Ridge Parkway has a new destination center to teach visitors about the history, culture, and resources of the Parkway and the surrounding region.
The good news comes as the state celebrates the 75th anniversary of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway, America's most popular drive.
Birds of Shenandoah National Park, Blue Ridge Parkway, and Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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