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McAfee Knob

Blue Ridge Parkway

The Mountains
Standing at the outlook atop Mill Mountain, below the
most visible symbol of the city - an 88.5-foot neon star
- a spectator sees peaks and ridges in every direction.
Each cliff carries names and people and histories and
traditions embedded in its rock and dirt.
Read, Tinker, Brushy, McAfee, Catawba. These
mountains are guide posts. The authors of stunning
views. The homes of a plethora of plants and birds and
insects and wildlife. They also serve as geographic limits,
curbing a community's inclination to sprawl.
The gaps between the risings are the reason Roanoke
came to be - traders first ventured into the valley,
then railroad tycoons, then all the businesses and
neighborhoods that grew up to serve them.
"There's always been lots of ideas and goods and
services that have been traded here," says Sam Rasoul,
representative for the 11th District in Virginia's House
of Delegates. "We're something of an intersection here."

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Today, it's the peaks themselves that are the currency:
the Appalachian Trail, the Blue Ridge Parkway,
the mountain biking at Carvins Cove. Though the
mountains have stood for centuries, it wasn't until
2009 that Roanoke began actively rebranding itself as
an outdoor destination.
"You know, maybe 15 years ago, I remember people
trying to figure out how Roanoke could be the next
Asheville or the next Chattanooga," Rasoul remembers.
"Then people stopped saying that and started owning
our own identity. We realized we have our own
uniqueness."
Roanoke's mountains are what visually set us apart
from other places. They are our playground. They've
become how we define ourselves and how we pay the
bills.
Without them, Roanoke would be another place
entirely.

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