Blueridge Parkway – A Scenic Drive Outside Of Helen

Travel-and-Leisure The Blue Ridge Parkway the is ultimate in mountain highways begins at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and follows the crest of these mountains through several areas covered, for 429 miles into northern Virginia to the Shenandoah National Park. Note the word "crest"and if you are prone to panic when the highway climbs higher and higher and higher, this-may not be your idea of a pleasurable road to travel. But it is designed especially for leisure travel, with reduced speed limits and no .mercial vehicles allowed. And it does offer continuous mountain scenery colorful throughout the year – from the early flowers of spring to summer’s rich greens and late bloomers, through fall’s spectacular show, through winter wonderlands. (Closed when winter weather conditions make driving hazardous.) There are numbered exits and mileposts to connect you with other highways, leading to the areas you wish to visit, and to the Parkway’s fuel stops, facilities, visitors centers and attractions. These include developed camping and picnic areas, trout streams and lakes. If you don’t have the required state fishing license, get one at a visitors center. These centers are the – best sources of information, with posted activities sheets at each one. During summer months, the Parkway operates a naturalist program, with guided tours, evening talks and nature walks. Two excellent parks are located on the parkway just north of Blowing Rock at mile post 294, The 3500-acre Moses H. Cone Memorial Park includes a two-story, 20-room manor house (originally the Cone Estate) which is now home to a craft shop operated by the Southern Highland Handicraft Guild. There is no admission charge to the manor where you will also find a permanent collection of early homestead farm tools and household articles. There are miles of hiking trails on the estate; many once served as scenic bridle trails. Take the 2.5-mile round trip hike to the top of Rich Mountain for a lookout-tower view of this area. For picnicking and camping (no RV hookups), go to the adjacent 4,200-acre Julian Price Memorial park. Here you’ll find lakes and streams for fishing, more miles of hiking trails, and an amphitheater where naturalists give free lectures during summer months. The parkway has an eight-mile stretch around Grandfather Mountain which includes the spectacular Linn Cove Viaduct, a quarter-mile, S-shaped bridge supported by seven tiers 150 feet apart. The snake-like viaduct is designed-to follow the contour of the mountain, spanning huge boulders and billion year old rock formations to preserve their beauty and fragile eco-system. It’s an attraction in-itself and an engineering marvel, applying every kind of geometric alignment ever used in highway construction. For a brochure and further information on the parkway, contact Blue Ridge Parkway, 700 Northwestern Bank Building, Asheville, NC 28801. Telephone 704/279-0500. About the Author: 相关的主题文章: