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BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY
(This scenic parkway ranges in elevation from 649 to 6047 feet above sea level).
Experiencing “America’s Favorite Drive”
A drive down the Blue Ridge
Parkway is meant to be slow paced and relaxing. A stop at almost any overlook or trail
will reveal much of the natural and cultural history here. The Parkway meanders
469 miles between Shenandoah and Great Smoky Mountains National Parks, so
explore the many communities along the way that make our region so special.
Enjoy the view, but watch the road!
The Cherokee Indians of North Carolina, and the Monacan, Saponi, and Tutelo Indians of western Virginia, were among the earliest inhabitants of the Blue Ridge, leaving artifacts and changes in the landscape as evidence of their existence. Many of the fields still visible at the base of the mountains date back centuries to ancient American Indian agricultural methods of burning and deadening the trees and underbrush to provide needed grazing and crop land. Mountain and river names along the Parkway also reflect the American Indian influence.
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