The Blue Ridge Parkway ...
THIS may be the most unique of all the parks in the US Park System. A haven for ECO Tourists, it may also be my favorite.
Why? Well, for one thing, it really is a parkway...and it is so accessible. It's just 5 minutes from my home here in Asheville, N.C. I could bike on over, or hike the trails any afternoon. I could notice that biodiversity is holding it's own even though we are in a surge of development nearby.
Another reason: My real estate clients find it enchanting. Come to think of it, at this time of year,(at any time of year) I find it enchanting!. So I'm inviting you to drive down the Blue Ridge Parkway from Asheville, stop at almost any overlook or trail, and you will have a privileged view into the natural and cultural history in the Greater Asheville area. It may turn out to be your favorite park, too. I'd be interested to know ...
this is not just an "Asheville-Thing" ...
the Parkway extends beyond our backyards for almost 500 miles between the Shenandoah and the Great Smoky Mountains National Parks.
You might want to use this food guide to find one of our restaurants featuring locally-grown food in Asheville, so that you can pick up a healthy snack for a picnic break. We sure enjoy doing that! There are incredible picnic spots and vistas like this one you see in the photo (to your right) that I took not long ago.
Our family took a drive along the entire length of the Blue Ridge Parkway one summer in the 1980s. The drive was leisurely and relaxing except for when, unexpectedly, we found the place where the last buffalo in North Carolina was killed. We spotted a few black bear. We saw lots of wild turkeys. Most of all, we enjoyed being together in sunny picnic areas by huge old trees. Today that drive is one of our fondest memories.
While there may be no buffalo to spot in North Carolina, at this time of the year, there is something quite spectacular for you to see as "The trees are in their autumn beauty..."
WHAT FOLKS SAY ABOUT THE BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY:
Because of the changing color show, some of my real estate clients will tell you that this is the best season of the year to wend your way along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Look just below for a link to a map. I shall await your happy exclamations. From Asheville, with the use of the Milepost system (the numbers increase as you drive south), you can easily find points of interest along the way. Here's a map to use.
Tour guides will tell you, "The much-anticipated change in fall foliage happens here around the middle of October. ...Rather than going to one spot hoping to find good color, you should plan to drive some distance on the Parkway, changing elevations and north-south orientation. Any one who does this around mid to late October will catch at least some of the pretty color that we're famous for."
Clients or tour guides have words to say. But at this time of year, you will hear me quoting William Butler Yeats
"THE trees are in their autumn beauty,
The woodland paths are dry,
Under the October twilight the water
Mirrors a still sky..."
... because life along this highway clearly is poetry.
Did You Know?
The Blue Ridge Parkway is the most visited unit of America's National Park System, consistently attracting about twenty million visitors each year.
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