Blue Ridge Country May/June 2020 - BPG 4

469.1 Miles,
Marked and Ready

The Blue Ridge Parkway's
northern end is at Milepost
0, on the crest of Virginia's
Afton Mountain, accessible
from I-81. The roadway's
southern end, at Milepost
469.1 is at Cherokee, North
Carolina, from U.S. 441.
Stone posts mark each
mile (MP).

GUIDE

GUIDE

MAP FOR ALL 469 MILES

6 FUN ITINERARIES
to Do
with 77 T hings

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GREAT
Events for 2020
SERVICES
DIRECTORY

On the Cover

We're near the Thunder Hill
Overlook on the Blue Ridge
Parkway at Milepost 290.4
in North Carolina, as the
road heads away from that
overlook toward the north.
Photography by
Nicholas Moore.

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Blue Ridge Parkway:

A '30s SERENDIPITY

The combined forces of the Great Depression and a great vision for public spaces came
together in the 1930s to allow the building of a unique American treasure.

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wo new national parks
- Shenan-doah National
Park in Virginia and Great
Smoky Mountains National
Park in North Carolina and
Tennessee - needed a road
to link them. The Great
Depression provided large
numbers of unemployed
workers as well as a pool of
highly trained but temporarily
idled engineers and
landscape architects.
When young Stanley
Abbott was appointed
resident landscape architect
for the new park-to-park road,
he converted 469 miles of
hodge-podge mountain land
into the nation's most famous
rural national parkway, He
designed not only a parkway
but also a total recreation
program, incorporating visitor
centers, hiking trails, lodges,

The 469-mile roadway, begun in
the 1930s as part of a Depressionera work project, exists today
as America's Favorite Scenic
Highway, featuring not just a
roadway, but also visitor centers,
hiking trails, lodging, interpretive
programs and much more.
campgrounds, milepost
markers and interpretive
programs.
Construction of the Blue
Ridge Parkway began on
September 11, 1935, and was
built in sections that were
then connected.
In the wake of the
Depression, the Blue Ridge
region was economically
depressed, and the idea of a
paved road passing through
this relatively undeveloped
region appealed to many

For Parkway closures (weather/maintenance):

nps.gov/blri/planyourvisit/roadclosures.htm

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mountain residents.
One by one the road
sections and parks were
completed until only one
unit - the route around
Grandfather Mountain in
North Carolina - remained
unfinished.
After years of
stalemate, the park
service masterminded a
compromised route using
state-of-the-art engineering
between the park service's
"high route" and the
landowner's "low route."
In 1987, when the Linn
Cove Viaduct was dedicated,
the 469 miles were at last
rendered into one long,
beautiful park through the
Southern Appalachians.
Today the parkway
welcomes about 15 million
people each year.

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