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The Blue Ridge Parkway – Part II

The Blue Ridge Parkway – Part II

Asheville is considered “home” for the Parkway since the park headquarters is located at Milepost 382. If you are driving, be aware, there are no gas stations actually on the parkway.  Also, don’t plan on getting anywhere fast. 30 miles on the parkway can easily take an hour to drive.  The speed limit is 45 miles per hour or less in some places. Finally, you will surely want to slow down anyway to take in some of these spectacular views.  As a side note:  many of you are familiar with the Biltmore House built by George Vanderbilt.  While building the […]

The Blue Ridge Parkway – Part I

The Blue Ridge Parkway – Part I

There’s no better place to lift your spirits than to be on the Blue Ridge Parkway.  Encounter split rail fences, cabins and barns from a time long gone, and valleys filled with Dogwoods, Rhododendron, and wild flowers.  Hike to Watterock Knob where near 6200 feet you can experience a panoramic view where the sun rises and sets on the Smoky Mountains. The Parkway is a paradise for photographers and artists.  Walks in the springtime are filled with wildflowers, Dogwoods and Rhododendron; fall with brilliant color from hundreds of species of trees and shrubs.    Winter can be just as magical as […]

Blueberries on the Blue Ridge Parkway

Blueberries on the Blue Ridge Parkway

When I realized that it was time to go “a-berrying” again, I started looking for places to go on the Blue Ridge Parkway, where blueberries are “a-plenty”. I ran across this wonderful blog:¬† Milkweed Diaries.¬†¬†¬† “Last week my sister Mary and I took our farm interns blueberry picking on the Blue Ridge Parkway, where the five of us picked about 11 pounds of wild blueberries in a couple of hours.”¬† They took their interns with them!¬† How wonderful they are keeping the tradition alive. This prolific fruit can be found abundantly on the Blue Ridge Parkway at elevations over 4,000 […]