Guide to the Blue Ridge Parkway

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A national treasure that was designed to be enjoyed from the seat of a car, the Blue Ridge Parkway provides visitors awesome vistas and much more. With the milepost Guide to the Blue Ridge Parkway, you will find mile-by-mile explanations of all there is to see and explore on the scenic parkway, including flora and fauna, geography, history and culture and attractions. Whether you tour just a few miles, or take the 469-mile trek from Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Shenandoah National Park, this book will ...

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Overview

A national treasure that was designed to be enjoyed from the seat of a car, the Blue Ridge Parkway provides visitors awesome vistas and much more. With the milepost Guide to the Blue Ridge Parkway, you will find mile-by-mile explanations of all there is to see and explore on the scenic parkway, including flora and fauna, geography, history and culture and attractions. Whether you tour just a few miles, or take the 469-mile trek from Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Shenandoah National Park, this book will prove indispensable. Both as an essential reference tool, and a priceless enrichment of your parkway tour. This guide provides in-depth, critical, and easy-to-use information with color photographs and easy-to-scan text. (6 x 9, 160 pages, color photographs)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780897321419
  • Publisher: Menasha Ridge Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/1998
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 152
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.91 (h) x 0.27 (d)

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The romantic notion of a road through the scenic southern Appalachian Mountains existed long before the Parkway's inception in the 1930s. Col. J. H. Pratt, who worked for the North Carolina Geologic and Economic Survey, charted such a route prior to World War I. His proposed mountain road extended from Roanoke, Virginia, through North Carolina and on to Greenville, South Carolina. He was actually able to build a short section of his road in North Carolina before the war began. The current Parkway follows sections of the colonel's old road near Altapass, North Carolina (mileposts 323 to 326). The idea that finally reached fruition occurred to several men nearly simultaneously. When President Franklin Delano Roosevelt toured the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camps of Shenandoah National Park on August 11, 1933, he responded with enthusiasm to Virginia senator Harry F. Byrd's recommendation that Skyline Drive be connected with a second scenic drive that would extend to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. In September, Byrd met with Virginia governor G. J. Pollard and Theodore E. Straus of the Public Works Administration to discuss the possibility of a parkway. The governor approved the idea of the project and appointed Byrd chairman of a Virginia committee that would expedite the project.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
A Blue Ridge Sampler: Milepost 0-105 19
American Elk 24
Agriculture along the Parkway 26
National Parks and Forests 32
White-Tailed Deer 34
Hawk Migration 38
Roanoke and the Vicinity: Milepost 105-135 47
Blight and Insects Plague Parkway Trees 50
Settlers on the Landscape: Agriculture and Rural Life: Milepost 135-292 55
Fences 60
Log Cabins 64
Mountain Ranges 66
Daniel Boone 68
Groundhog 72
Appalachian Cultural Museum 76
A House Divided 78
Grandfather and the Black Mountains: Milepost 292-380 81
Park Concessions 84
Waterfalls Along the Parkway 90
Building the Parkway Tunnels 98
The Decline of the Fraser-Fir Forests 102
Rhododendrons 106
Asheville and Vicinity: Milepost 380-390 115
Mountains-to-Sea Trail 116
High Mountain Wilderness Views: Milepost 390-469 119
Black Bear 122
Managing Views 126
Air Quality 128
Southern Appalachian Balds 130
Spring Houses 134
Appendices
Blue Ridge Parkway Bloom Calendar 139
Blue Ridge Parkway Contact Information 145
Trailsheads on the Blue Ridge Parkway 147
Milepost Tunnel Guide 150
Index 151
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2004

    The only book you need

    I purchased this book after visting the Blue Ridge Parkway serval times. This book made my experience on the Parkway unforgettable. Easy to read guide for any age.

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