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We sure love our mountain vistas here on the Parkway, but interesting sights can be found around every corner of road and trail if you take the time to look. For example, imposing formations of root and rock add unique character to the Craggy Pinnacle trail. #hiking #photography
It's National Ice Cream Day! We chose to celebrate by enjoying a cold treat from the Mount Pisgah Camp Store- a quintessential summer Parkway experience. #nationalicecreamday #summer #icecream
Stop a moment to enjoy the garden at the Asheville Visitor Center! Yet another demonstration of the hard work put in by our dedicated volunteers, this garden is dutifully maintained by the Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway - Asheville Chapter. We are so grateful to be able to enjoy these beautiful blooms, along with the many pollinators that frequent them! #volunteer #beautiful #findyourpark
Let's #throwback this Thursday to last October. Who is ready for crisp air, cool temps and fall color? Photo from MP 30 in October of 2017 by Peter Hamel. #tbt #throwbackthursday #fall #fallcolors
Exactly one week after the holiday celebrating our nation #declaringindependence , we would like to highlight the Parkway’s special connection to a Founding Father – Thomas Jefferson. Many of you may know that Sharp Top Mountain is a treasured place on the Parkway, but did you know that Thomas Jefferson himself was fascinated by this natural wonder? Over his life Jefferson had multiple properties in view of Sharp Top, and for many years he believed it to be the tallest mountain in all of North America. He eventually took measurements that proved this claim to be false, but which led him to hike up and down the mountain twice at the age of 72. The allure of this mountain is a sentiment that continues to be felt by many park visitors today, so #IDeclare this place a worthy stop on your Parkway travels!
Happy #tunneltuesday from the Parkway! Which Parkway tunnel is your favorite? Photo of the first of the Twin Tunnels near MP 344 on the Parkway by Joshua Moore, © 2018 All Rights Reserved. #green #findyourpark #roadtrip
Cooler temps and clear skies were a wonderful sight yesterday. These conditions should persist through today, so get your Parkway fix! Photo from MP 39 by Peter Hamel. #mondaymotivation #mountainmonday
Mixed cloud cover makes for moody skies over the Parkway. Photo near MP 322 by Joshua Moore, © 2018 All Rights Reserved.
Although not as showy as their vibrant, fuchsia cousins it is hard to ignore the often prolific blooms of the rosebay rhododendron. With a long blooming season on the Parkway, these summer bloomers can be seen in shaded coves, along the roadway and truly thrive along waterways. Photo by Harold Blackwood. #friday #wildflowers
There are many ways to #experienceyouramerica at National Parks such as enjoying your favorite sport! Next time you visit the Parkway, check out the small ball field and horseshoe pits at Cumberland Knob milepost 217.5, just waiting for a quick game. What sports do you enjoy on the Parkway?
Mother nature creates her own fireworks in the Blue Ridge! Happy 4th of July from the Blue Ridge Parkway! Sunset from Woolyback Overlook MP 452.3 by Joshua Moore. #fourthofjuly #fireworks #findyourpark
Which is your favorite color on the Parkway, the red, white or blue? On this special day commemorating our Nation's independence, we take time to appreciate the many who have given, and continue to give, so much to preserve it. Wishing you a happy and safe holiday! #fourthofjuly #watermelon #summer
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