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The Blue Ridge Parkway
Blue Ridge Parkway
is a National Parkway
National Parkway
and All-American Road in the United States, noted for its scenic beauty. The parkway, which is America's longest linear park,[3] runs for 469 miles (755 km) through 29 Virginia
Virginia
and North Carolina
North Carolina
counties, linking Shenandoah National Park to Great Smoky Mountains
Great Smoky Mountains
National Park. It runs mostly along the spine of the Blue Ridge, a major mountain chain that is part of the Appalachian Mountains. Its southern terminus is at U.S. 441 on the boundary between Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
and the Cherokee
Cherokee
Indian Reservation in North Carolina, from which it travels north to Shenandoah National Park
Shenandoah National Park
in Virginia. The roadway continues through Shenandoah as Skyline Drive, a similar scenic road which is managed by a different National Park Service
National Park Service
unit. The parkway has been the most visited unit of the National Park System every year since 1946 except three (1949, 2013, and 2016).[4] Land on either side of the road is owned and maintained by the National Park Service, and in many places parkway land is bordered by United States Forest Service property. The parkway was on North Carolina's version of the America the Beautiful quarter in 2015.[5]

Contents

1 History 2 Ecology along the parkway 3 Route description

3.1 Highlights in Virginia 3.2 Highlights in North Carolina

4 Closures 5 Major intersections 6 See also 7 Notes 8 References 9 Further reading 10 External links

History[edit]

View south at the north end of the parkway at Rockfish Gap, Virginia

Begun during the administration of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, the project was originally called the Appalachian Scenic Highway. Most construction was carried out by private contractors under federal contracts under an authorization by Harold L. Ickes
Harold L. Ickes
in his role as federal public works administrator. Work began on September 11, 1935, near Cumberland Knob in North Carolina; construction in Virginia
Virginia
began the following February. On June 30, 1936, Congress formally authorized the project as the Blue Ridge Parkway
Blue Ridge Parkway
and placed it under the jurisdiction of the National Park Service. Some work was carried out by various New Deal
New Deal
public works agencies. The Works Progress Administration did some roadway construction. Crews from the Emergency Relief Administration carried out landscape work and development of parkway recreation areas. Personnel from four Civilian Conservation Corps camps worked on roadside cleanup, roadside plantings, grading slopes, and improving adjacent fields and forest lands. During World War II, the CCC crews were replaced by conscientious objectors in the Civilian Public Service
Civilian Public Service
program. The parkway's construction created jobs in the region, but also displaced many residents and created new rules and regulations for landowners, including requirements related to how farmers could transport crops.[6] Residents could no longer build on their lands without permission, or develop land except for agricultural use.[6] They were not permitted to use the parkway for any commercial travel but were required to transport equipment and materials on side roads.[6] The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians
Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians
were also affected by the parkway, which was built through their lands.[7] From 1935 to 1940, they resisted giving up the right-of-way through the Qualla Boundary, and they were successful in gaining more favorable terms from the U.S. government.[7] Specifically, the revised bill "specified the parkway route, assured the $40,000 payment for the tribe's land, and required the state to build [a] regular highway through the Soco Valley". (The highway referred to is part of U.S. Route 19.)[7] Cherokee leaders participated in the dedications when the Cherokee
Cherokee
sections opened in the 1950s. Construction of the parkway was complete by the end of 1966 with one notable exception.[8] The 7.7-mile (12.4 km) stretch including the Linn Cove Viaduct
Linn Cove Viaduct
around Grandfather Mountain
Grandfather Mountain
did not open until 1987.[9] The project took over 52 years to complete. Ecology along the parkway[edit] Flowering shrubs and wildflowers dominate the parkway in the spring, including rhododendrons and dogwoods, moving from valleys to mountains as the cold weather retreats. Smaller annuals and perennials such as the daisy and aster flower through the summer. Brilliant autumn foliage occurs later in September on the mountaintops, descending to the valleys by later in October. Often in early-to-middle October and middle to late April, all three seasons can be seen simply by looking down from the cold and windy parkway to the green and warm valleys below. October is especially dramatic, as the colored leaves stand out boldly and occur mostly at the same time, unlike the flowers. Major trees include oak, hickory, and tulip tree at lower elevations and buckeye and ash in the middle, turning into conifers such as fir and spruce at the highest elevations on the parkway. Trees near ridges, peaks, and passes (often called gaps or notches) are often distorted and even contorted by the wind, and persistent rime ice is deposited by passing clouds in the winter. Route description[edit] The Blue Ridge Parkway tunnels
Blue Ridge Parkway tunnels
were constructed through the rock—one in Virginia
Virginia
and twenty-five in North Carolina. Sections of the parkway near the tunnels are often closed in winter. (Due to dripping groundwater from above, freezing temperatures, and the lack of sunlight, ice often accumulates inside these areas even when the surrounding areas are above freezing.) The highest point on the parkway (south of Waynesville, near Mount Pisgah in North Carolina) is 6,053 feet (1,845 m) above sea level on Richland Balsam
Richland Balsam
at Milepost 431, and is often closed from November to April due to inclement weather such as snow, fog, and even freezing fog from low clouds. The parkway is carried across streams, railway ravines and cross roads by 168 bridges and six viaducts.

Farm at the Humpback Rock

The parkway runs from the southern terminus of Shenandoah National Park's Skyline Drive
Skyline Drive
in Virginia
Virginia
at Rockfish Gap
Rockfish Gap
to U.S. Route 441
U.S. Route 441
at Oconaluftee in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
near Cherokee, North Carolina. There is no fee for using the parkway; however, commercial vehicles are prohibited without approval from the Park Service Headquarters, near Asheville, North Carolina.[10][11] The roadway is not maintained in the winter, and sections which pass over especially high elevations and through tunnels are often impassable and therefore closed from late fall through early spring. Weather is extremely variable in the mountains, so conditions and closures often change rapidly. The speed limit is never higher than 45 mph (72 km/h) and lower in some sections. The parkway uses short side roads to connect to other highways, and there are no direct interchanges with Interstate Highways,[a] making it possible to enjoy wildlife and other scenery without stopping for cross-traffic. Mileposts along the parkway start at zero at the northeast end in Virginia
Virginia
and count to 469 at the southern end in North Carolina. The mileposts can be found on the right-hand side of the road while traveling southbound on the parkway. Major towns and cities along the way include Waynesboro, Roanoke, and Galax in Virginia; and in North Carolina, Boone and Asheville, where it runs across the property of the Biltmore Estate. The Blue Ridge Music Center (also part of the park) is located in Galax, and Mount Mitchell (the highest point in eastern North America) is only accessible via a state highway (NC 128) from the parkway at milepost 355.4.[12] Highlights in Virginia[edit]

Mabry Mill

The view from Craggy Gardens on the Blue Ridge Parkway

East Fork Overlook from Blue Ridge Parkway

Mile 0 Rockfish Gap
Rockfish Gap
near Waynesboro, Virginia, is the northern end of the Blue Ridge Parkway. To the north the parkway connects directly to Skyline Drive, which winds 105 miles (169 km) through Shenandoah National Park. 5 to 9.3 Humpback Rock
Humpback Rock
has a self-guiding trail through a collection of old Appalachian farm buildings. A hiking trail from the parking area (at mile 6.1) leads 0.75 miles (1.21 km) to The Rocks, whose humped appearance gives the area its name. Greenstone self-guiding trail (8.8). 10.7 Ravens Roost offers vistas of Torry Mountain and the Shenandoah Valley to the west. The overlook is built above a cliff, so it is frequently used for rock climbing and hang gliding. There is also a single picnic table. 16 Sherando Lake is a recreation area in George Washington National Forest 4.5 miles (7.2 km) from the parkway via VA 814. Swimming, picnicking, and camping. 29 Whetstone Ridge provided many a mountain man with a fine-grained sharpening stone. 34.4 Yankee Horse Ridge supposedly is where a hard-riding Union soldier's horse fell and had to be shot. A reconstructed spur of an old logging railroad provides access to Wigwam Falls. 58 to 63.6 Otter Creek runs 10 miles (16 km) down the Blue Ridge to the James River. Otter Lake (63.1), fishing, trail. 63.8 The James River
James River
and Kanawha Canal is where a footbridge leads across the river to the restored canal locks and exhibits. A self-guiding trail follows the river bluff. 71 Onion Mountain's short loop trail leads through rhododendron and mountain laurel. 83.4 Fallingwater Cascades can be seen along a 1.6-mile (2.6 km) loop trail. 84 to 87 Peaks of Otter
Peaks of Otter
are three mountain peaks which have been popular viewing sites since the days of Thomas Jefferson. A shuttle bus provides service to Sharp Top. 114.9 The Roanoke River Gorge is visible after a short walk. 120.4 Roanoke Mountain is a 3.7-mile (6.0 km) side trip. A one-way loop road, with steep grades, crosses over the mountain. Towed vehicles are prohibited. 129.6 Roanoke Valley Overlook gives a view of the largest city along the parkway. 154.5 Smart View is named for having "a right smart view". A nearby cabin built in the 1890s is known as a spot for viewing dogwood blooms in early May. 167 to 174 Rocky Knob overlooks Rock Castle Gorge. 176.1 Mabry Mill
Mabry Mill
was operated by E.B. Mabry from 1910 to 1935. A trail leads to his gristmill, sawmill, blacksmith shop, and other exhibits. Old-time skills are demonstrated in the summer and fall. 188.8 Groundhog Mountain has a variety of rural fences: snake, Post-and-rail, picket and buck. Picnic
Picnic
grounds and observation tower are also nearby. 189.1 Groundhog Mountain 189.9 Aunt Orelena Puckett Cabin Exhibit was the home of an area midwife. 213 Blue Ridge Music Center
Blue Ridge Music Center
near the town of Galax with concerts, music demonstrations, and a 17,000-square-foot (1,600 m2) museum dedicated to anything musical, especially old-time music.

Highlights in North Carolina[edit]

Blue Ridge Parkway
Blue Ridge Parkway
in autumn near Looking Glass Rock

Black Balsam Knob, Graveyard Fields
Graveyard Fields
and Yellowstone Falls as seen at sunrise from Milepost 419

Sign marking the southern end of the Blue Ridge Parkway, near Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Blue Ridge Parkway
Blue Ridge Parkway
featured in the 2015 America the Beautiful Quarters series

The Blue Ridge Parkway
Blue Ridge Parkway
crosses the North Carolina- Virginia
Virginia
state line at mile 216.9. The 1749 party that surveyed the boundary included Peter Jefferson, father of Thomas Jefferson.

Mile 217.5 Cumberland Knob, at 2,885 feet (879 m), is the centerpiece of a small parkway recreation area. 218.6 Fox Hunters Paradise, down a short walking path, is where hunters could listen to their hounds baying in the valley below. 238.5 Brinegar Cabin was built by Martin Brinegar about 1880 and lived in until the 1930s when the homestead was purchased from his widow for the parkway. The original cabin stands there today. 238.5 to 244.7 Doughton Park
Doughton Park
was named for Congressman Robert L. Doughton, a staunch supporter and neighbor of the parkway. The park has many miles of hiking trails, a lodge, dinner, picnic area and a campground. 258.6 Northwest Trading Post offers crafts from North Carolina's northwestern counties. 260.6 Jumpinoff Rock is at the end of a short woodland trail. 264.4 The Lump is a grassy knob that provides views of the forested foothills. 272 E. B. Jeffress Park has a self-guided trail to a waterfall known as the Cascades. Another trail goes to an old cabin and church. 285.1 Daniel Boone's Trace, which Boone blazed to the West, crosses near here. 292 to 295 Moses H. Cone Memorial Park
Moses H. Cone Memorial Park
has hiking, fishing and horse trails. Flat Top Manor, the former house of Moses H. Cone, is now used as the Parkway Craft Center. 295.1 to 298 Julian Price
Julian Price
Memorial Park, the former retreat of the insurance executive Julian Price, offers a variety of hiking trails, campground, and 47-acre (190,000 m2) Price Lake. This is the only lake on the parkway on which paddling is allowed. 304.4 Linn Cove Viaduct, the last segment of the parkway built, skirts the side of Grandfather Mountain. A visitor center is located nearby and provides access to a trail under the viaduct. 308.3 Flat Rock provides views of Grandfather Mountain
Grandfather Mountain
and Linville Valley. 316.3 Linville Falls
Linville Falls
Recreation Area provides trails with overlooks of Linville Falls
Linville Falls
and the Linville Gorge. A campground and picnic area are also provided. 331 The Museum of North Carolina
North Carolina
Minerals interprets the state's mineral wealth. 339.5 Crabtree Meadows & Crabtree Falls is a parkway recreation area with a picnic area, campground, giftshop and hiking trails. 349.2 Laurel Knob provides views of Grandfather Mountain, Linville Mountain, Hawksbill Mountain, and Table Rock. 355.4 Mount Mitchell
Mount Mitchell
State Park, reached via N.C. 128, is the highest point east of the Mississippi River. 359.8 Walker Knob, formerly known as Balsam Gap, is located where the Black Mountains and the Great Craggy Mountains
Great Craggy Mountains
meet. 361.2 Glassmine Falls
Glassmine Falls
is an 800-foot (240 m) ephemeral waterfall visible from an overlook on the side of the parkway. 363.4 to 369.6 Craggy Gardens in the Great Craggy Mountains
Great Craggy Mountains
are covered with purple rhododendron in mid-to-late June. Craggy Pinnacle Trail and other trails (364.1 and 364.6); road to picnic area and trails (367.6). 382 The Folk Art Center
Folk Art Center
is the flagship facility of the Southern Highland Craft Guild. It offers sales and exhibits of traditional and contemporary crafts of the Appalachian region. There are interpretive programs, three galleries, a library and a book store. 384 The Blue Ridge Parkway
Blue Ridge Parkway
Visitor Center is the newest along the parkway.[13] Exhibits focus on the history and heritage of the parkway and western North Carolina. 408.6 Mount Pisgah was part of the Biltmore Estate. The estate became home of the first forestry school in America and the nucleus of the Pisgah National Forest. Also located here is the Pisgah Inn resort, a park service concession. 417 Looking Glass Rock
Looking Glass Rock
is visible from many spots on the parkway starting at Mount Pisgah. 418 East Fork Overlook. Located here are the headwaters of the Pigeon River. Yellowstone Falls is a short distance away and gets its name from the yellowish moss covering the rocks. 420.2 Shining Rock Wilderness
Shining Rock Wilderness
is the largest wilderness area in North Carolina, covering 18,483 acres (74.80 km2), with 25 miles (40 km) of trails and peaks over 6,000 ft (1,800 m). The wilderness is named for Shining Rock. 420.2 Black Balsam Knob
Black Balsam Knob
is a grassy bald with panoramic views just outside the Shining Rock Wilderness
Shining Rock Wilderness
in Pisgah National Forest. The wilderness area also includes Cold Mountain. 422.4 Devil's Courthouse
Devil's Courthouse
is a rugged exposed mountaintop rich in Cherokee
Cherokee
traditions. 423.5 Herrin Knob Overlook. A hiking trail goes around Tanasee Bald and Herrin Knob. Tanasee Bald
Tanasee Bald
(423.7) is said to be the home of the mythical Cherokee
Cherokee
giant Tsul 'Kalu. 431 Richland Balsam
Richland Balsam
is the highest point on the parkway at 6,053 feet (1,845 m). There is a self-guiding trail that passes through a remnant spruce-fir forest. 435.7 Licklog Ridge once hosted cattlemen and their herds of cattle before it became part of the national forest. The area earns its name from the cattlemen who would place rocks of salt into logs and holes in the earth. 451.2 Waterrock Knob
Waterrock Knob
provides a panorama of the Great Smokies, visitor center, trail, comfort station, exhibits. 458.2 Heintooga Ridge Road runs north from the parkway 8.8 miles (14.2 km) to Heintooga Overlook in Great Smoky Mountains
Great Smoky Mountains
National Park. Mile 469 The southern end of the Blue Ridge Parkway
Blue Ridge Parkway
intersects with U.S. 441 in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
and the Cherokee Reservation near Cherokee, North Carolina.

Closures[edit] It is not unusual for small sections of the parkway to be temporarily closed to repair damage caused by the cold winter climate of the mountains or for other maintenance. Detours caused by these closures are well-marked, and are arranged to cause as little disruption as possible, though maintenance such as repaving only warrants a stop/slow switch with a one-lane only restriction. Due to serious damage in 2004 from Hurricane Frances, then again by Hurricane Ivan, many areas along the parkway were closed until the spring of 2005, with two areas that were not fully repaired until the spring of 2006.

Major intersections[edit]

Commonwealth/State County[14] Location mi[15] km Destinations Notes

Virginia Augusta Rockfish Gap 0.00 0.00 US 250 to I-64 / Skyline Drive
Skyline Drive
north – Charlottesville, Waynesboro, Shenandoah National Park One-quadrant interchange plus connector road; northern terminus of parkway; I-64 exit 99

Reids Gap 13.7 22.0 SR 664 (Beech Grove Road / Reeds Gap Road) – Waynesboro

Nelson ​ 16.0 25.7 SR 814 (Campbells Mountain Road) to SR 56 Unpaved road

​ 16.1 25.9 SR 814 (Love Road) – Sherando Lake

Tye River Gap 27.1 43.6 SR 56 – Montebello, Steele's Tavern One-quadrant interchange

Rockbridge Humphreys Gap 45.5 73.2 US 60 – Buena Vista, Amherst One-quadrant interchange

Amherst Otter Creek 61.3 98.7 SR 130 – Natural Bridge, Lynchburg One-quadrant interchange

Bedford ​ 63.9 102.8 US 501 – Big Island, Glasgow One-quadrant interchange

Peaks of Otter 85.9 138.2 SR 43 south – Bedford North end of SR 43 overlap; north end of VDOT maintenance of SR 43 (southern segment)

Botetourt Powell Gap 89.0 143.2 SR 618 north

Bearwallow Gap 90.9 146.3 SR 43 north – Buchanan Two-quadrant interchange; south end of SR 43 overlap; south end of VDOT maintenance of SR 43 (northern segment)

​ 105.9 170.4 US 460 (US 221) – Bedford, Roanoke Two-quadrant interchange

Roanoke ​ 112.3 180.7 SR 24 – Stewartsville, Vinton, Roanoke, Booker T. Washington National Monument Two-quadrant interchange

​ 115.2 185.4 Blue Ridge Parkway
Blue Ridge Parkway
Visitor Center, Virginia's Explore Park
Virginia's Explore Park
(Roanoke River Parkway)

​ 120.5 193.9 Mill Mountain Park & Zoo, Historic Roanoke Star, Downtown Roanoke (Mill Mountain Parkway)

​ 121.4 195.4 US 220 – Rocky Mount, Roanoke Two-quadrant interchange

Adney Gap 136.0 218.9 US 221 Connector road

Floyd ​ 159.3 256.4 SR 860 (Shooting Creek Road) Former SR 109

Tuggle Gap 165.1 265.7 SR 8 – Floyd, Stuart One-quadrant interchange

​ 174.0 280.0 SR 799 (Conner Grove Road) former SR 102 north

​ 174.1 280.2 SR 758 (Woodberry Road) former SR 102 south

​ 174.2 280.3 SR 758 (Buffalo Mountain Road)

Patrick Meadows of Dan 177.7 286.0 US 58 (via US 58 Bus.) – Stuart, Hillsville Parkway and US 58 grade-separated; two-quadrant interchange with US 58 Bus.

Patrick–Carroll county line Willis Gap 192.1 309.2 SR 771 (Willis Gap Road)

Carroll ​ 199.0 320.3 SR 608 (Lightning Ridge Road)

​ 199.2 320.6 SR 608 (Ranger Road)

Fancy Gap 199.4 320.9 US 52 to I-77 – Mt. Airy, Hillsville Two-quadrant interchange

Grayson Low Gap 215.7 347.1 SR 89 – Mt. Airy, Galax One-quadrant interchange

North Carolina Alleghany ​ 217.2 349.5 NC 18 – Sparta, Mt. Airy One-quadrant interchange

​ 229.6 369.5 US 21 – Roaring Gap, Sparta Two-quadrant interchange

​ 248.0 399.1 NC 18 – North Wilkesboro, Laurel Springs One-quadrant interchange

Ashe Miller Gap 258.7 416.3 Trading Post Road – Glendale Springs

Horse Gap 261.2 420.4 NC 16 – North Wilkesboro, West Jefferson Two-quadrant interchange

Watauga Deep Gap 276.5 445.0 US 421 – Boone, Wilkesboro, North Wilkesboro One-quadrant interchange

​ 280.9 452.1 Old US 421 Connector road

​ 290.8 468.0 Green Hill Road

​ 291.9 469.8 US 221 / US 321 – Blowing Rock, Boone Two-quadrant interchange

Avery ​ 294.6 474.1 US 221 – Linville, Grandfather Mountain One-quadrant interchange

​ 312.1 502.3 NC 181 – Pineola, Morganton One-quadrant interchange

​ 316.4 509.2 Linville Falls
Linville Falls
Road  – Linville Falls

​ 317.5 511.0 US 221 – Linville Falls
Linville Falls
Community One-quadrant interchange

Mitchell Gillespie Gap 330.8 532.4 NC 226 – Spruce
Spruce
Pine, Marion One-quadrant interchange

​ 333.9 537.4 NC 226A – Little Switzerland One-quadrant interchange/connector road hybrid

Yancey Buck Creek Gap 344.1 553.8 NC 80 – Marion, Burnsville One-quadrant interchange

Black Mountain Gap 355.4 572.0 NC 128 – Mount Mitchell
Mount Mitchell
State Park

Buncombe Bull Gap 375.7 604.6 Elk Mountain Scenic Highway – Weaverville To Vance Birthplace

Craven Gap 377.4 607.4 NC 694 south (Town Mountain Road)

Asheville 382.6 615.7 US 70 (Tunnel Road) – Black Mountain, Asheville Two-quadrant interchange

​ 384.8 619.3 US 74A to I‑40 / I‑240 – Asheville Two-quadrant interchange

​ 388.8 625.7 US 25 – Hendersonville, Asheville, NC Arboretum Two-quadrant interchange

​ 393.6 633.4 NC 191 to I‑26 – Asheville, Hendersonville One-quadrant interchange

Henderson Elk Pasture Gap 405.6 652.7 NC 151 north – Candler

Haywood Wagon Road Gap 411.8 662.7 US 276 – Brevard, Waynesville One-quadrant interchange

Transylvania Beech Gap 423.3 681.2 NC 215 One-quadrant interchange

Haywood Balsam Gap 443.5 713.7 US 74 / US 23 – Waynesville, Sylva One-quadrant interchange

Soco Gap 455.7 733.4 US 19 (Soco Road) – Cherokee, Maggie Valley Two-quadrant interchange

Jackson Wolf Laurel Gap 458.2 737.4 Balsam Mountain, Black Camp Gap, Masonic Marker (Heintooga Ridge Road)

Swain Ravensford 469.1 754.9 US 441 – Cherokee, Great Smoky Mountains
Great Smoky Mountains
National Park, Gatlinburg Southern terminus of parkway

1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

      Concurrency terminus

See also[edit]

U.S. Roads portal North Carolina
North Carolina
portal Virginia
Virginia
portal

Skyline Drive Natchez Trace Parkway Cherohala Skyway Foothills
Foothills
Parkway

Notes[edit]

^ Though current plans for Interstate 73 take it along current US 220 at its parkway interchange.

References[edit]

^ "NPS Annual Recreation Visits Report". National Park Service. Retrieved March 15, 2014.  ^ "Blue Ridge Parkway". National Park Service. Retrieved July 18, 2014.  ^ "Blue Ridge Parkway". The Cultural Landscape Foundation.  ^ " National Park Service
National Park Service
Visitor Use Statistics". Retrieved April 19, 2013.  ^ "America the Beautiful Quarters". U.S. Mint. Retrieved September 6, 2010.  ^ a b c Chesto, Shawna (Summer 2007). "The Effect of the Blue Ridge Parkway on Appalachian Farmers". Appalachian State University. Retrieved April 19, 2015.  ^ a b c Mitchell, Anne V. (Winter 1997). "Culture, History, and Development on the Qualla Boundary". Appalachian Journal. 24 (2): 144–191. JSTOR 40933835.  ^ Brown, Jeff (January 2015). "Road with a View: Blue Ridge Parkway". Civil Engineering Magazine. American Society of Civil Engineers: 42–45. Retrieved 4 January 2016.  ^ Mitchell, Monte (September 11, 2012). "25-Year-Old Linn Cove Viaduct Floats Around Grandfather Mountain". Winston-Salem Journal. Archived from the original on January 26, 2013. Retrieved October 9, 2012.  ^ Whisnant, Anne M. (2006). Super-Scenic Motorway: A Blue Ridge Parkway History. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina
North Carolina
Press. pp. 45–46 – via Google Books.  ^ "§5.6 Commercial vehicles". Code of Federal Regulations.  ^ Much of the following information comes from National Park Service (2004). Blue Ridge Parkway: North Carolina, Virginia
Virginia
(Map). [c. 1:500,000]. Washington, DC: Government Printing Office. OCLC 86108275. GPO:2003-496-196/40572 Reprint 2004.  ^ [1] ^ USGS topos[full citation needed] ^ Digital Confections LLC (February 2016). Blue Ridge Companion. iOS. 

Further reading[edit]

Hall, Karen J.; Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway
Blue Ridge Parkway
(2007). Building the Blue Ridge Parkway. Images of America. Arcadia Publishing. ISBN 0738552879.  Whisnant, Anne Mitchell (2006). Super-Scenic Motorway: A Blue Ridge Parkway History. University of North Carolina
North Carolina
Press. ISBN 978-0-8078-7126-3. 

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Department of Conservation and Recreation Virginia
Virginia
Department of Forestry Virginia
Virginia
Department of Game and Inland Fisheries Virginia
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Department of Historic Resources

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Protected areas of North Carolina

Federal

National Parks

Great Smoky Mountains

National Historic Sites

Carl Sandburg Home Fort Raleigh

National Memorials

Wright Brothers

National Military Parks

Guilford Courthouse

National Battlefields

Moores Creek

National Parkways

Blue Ridge Parkway (Crabtree Falls Craggy Gardens Cumberland Knob Doughton Park E.B. Jeffress Park Julian Price
Julian Price
Memorial Park Linville Falls Moses H. Cone
Moses H. Cone
Memorial Park Mount Pisgah Waterrock Knob)

National Trails

Appalachian Trail Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail

National Seashores

Cape Hatteras Cape Lookout

National Marine Sanctuary

Monitor

National Estuarine Research Reserve

Currituck Banks Rachel Carson Masonboro Island Zeke’s Island

National Forests

Cherokee Croatan Nantahala Pisgah Uwharrie

National Wildlife Refuges

Alligator River Cedar Island Currituck Mackay Island Mattamuskeet Pea Island Pee Dee Pocosin Lakes Roanoke River Swanquarter

Wilderness Areas

Birkhead Mountains Catfish Lake South Ellicott Rock Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock Linville Gorge Middle Prong Pocosin Pond Pine Sheep Ridge Shining Rock Southern Nantahala Swanquarter

Wilderness Study Areas

Craggy Mountain Harper Creek Lost Cove Overflow Snowbird

Wild and Scenic Rivers

Chattooga River Horsepasture River Lumber River New River Wilson Creek

State

State Parks

Carolina Beach Carvers Creek Chimney Rock Cliffs of the Neuse Crowders Mountain Dismal Swamp Elk Knob Eno River Fort Macon Goose Creek Gorges Grandfather Mountain Hammocks Beach Hanging Rock Haw River Jockey's Ridge Jones Lake Lake James Lake Norman Lake Waccamaw Lumber River Mayo River Medoc Mountain Merchants Millpond Morrow Mountain Mount Mitchell New River Pettigrew Pilot Mountain Raven Rock Singletary Lake South Mountains Stone Mountain William B. Umstead

State Recreation Areas

Falls Lake Fort Fisher Jordan Lake Kerr Lake

State Natural Areas

Hemlock Bluffs Masonboro Island Mount Jefferson Occoneechee Mountain Theodore Roosevelt Weymouth Woods

See also List of North Carolina
North Carolina
State Natural Areas

State Lakes

Bay Tree Lake Jones Lake Lake Phelps Salters Lake Singletary Lake Lake Waccamaw White Lake

State Trails

Deep River French Broad River Mountains-to-Sea Yadkin River

State Rivers

Horsepasture River Linville River Lumber River New River

State Forests

Bladen Lakes DuPont Clemmons Holmes Jordan Lake Mountain Island Rendezvous Mountain Turnbull Creek Tuttle

State Historic Sites

Alamance Battleground Charles B. Aycock Birthplace Historic Bath Bennett Place Bentonville Battleground Brunswick Town / Fort Anderson C.S.S. Neuse and Governor Caswell Memorial Charlotte Hawkins Brown Memorial Duke Homestead Historic Edenton Fort Dobbs Fort Fisher Historic Halifax Horne Creek Living Historical Farm House in the Horseshoe North Carolina
North Carolina
Transportation Museum President James K. Polk Historic Site Reed Gold Mine Somerset Place Stagville State Capitol Town Creek Indian Mound Tryon Palace
Tryon Palace
Historic Sites & Gardens Zebulon B. Vance Birthplace Thomas Wolfe Memorial

NC Coastal Reserve

Kitty Hawk Woods Emily and Richardson Preyer Buckridge Buxton Woods Permuda Island Bald Head Woods Bird Island

Other

Nature centers

List of nature centers

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