Blue Ridge Country May/June 2021 - BRPG26

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WHERE CAN I

GET
GAS?

  MP 304.4 | Linn Cove Viaduct

Columbine

(Aquilegia canadensis)

about 2 feet tall, nodding red and yellow flower.
May-July.

Gas is not available on the
Blue Ridge Parkway but
is available not far off the
Parkway at many U.S. or
state highway intersections,
including those below:
	 MP 229.7 	
	 MP 248.1 	
	 MP 261.2 	
	 MP 291.8 	
	 MP 312 	
	 MP 330.9 	
	 MP 382.5 	
	 MP 384.7 	
	 MP 388.8 	
	 MP 393.6 	
	 MP 411.8 	
	 MP 443.1 	
	 MP 455.7 	
	 MP 469.1 	

US 21, west
NC 18, west
NC 16, west
US 321, north or south
NC 181, north
NC 226, north
US 70, east or west
US 74A, south
US 25, south or north
NC 191, north
US 276, north
US 74/23, east
US 19, east
US 441, south

26 BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY

the avenue
for viewing the
falls. Cross Linville
River on the footbridge
behind the visitor center,
and climb the gentle path
gradually to three spur trails
that lead to views of the falls.
The first spur, at 0.5 miles,
leads to views of the upper
falls; the Chimney View
(highly recommended) spur
departs at 0.6 miles, and
the trail continues to Erwins

View at about 0.8 miles.
Each viewpoint provides a
different perspective: Upper
Falls provides views of the
slot through which the river
plunges, as well as a smaller
upstream cascade, but not
views of the main drop.
Chimney View is the classic,
most-oft-photographed
vantage point, and Erwins
View offers a different
perspective as well as views
downstream. If your time or
energy is limited, put your
effort into Chimney View;
it's not much further and not
much more work.
Craggy Gardens, MP 364.5
Less than 20 miles from
Asheville, this is one of the
premier scenic destinations
on the parkway. Its
proximity adds to its
popularity. It is famous for
its Catawba rhododendron
displays in mid-June. The
area can be as much as 20
degrees cooler than the
valleys below, particularly



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