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U.S. Forest Service offers new digital maps for mobile devices

WASHINGTON, Nov. 20, 2013 – The U.S. Forest Service now offers access to a variety of visitor maps for people using Android and iOS devices. “This mobile app makes it easier than ever to plan your visit to a national forest

New Hiking Trails Open in High Country

Two new hiking trails have been created and are now open to the public.  The trails are located in the Pisgah Game Lands and are the first trails to create access to two mountain peaks in the region.  The trails

Blue Ridge Parkway Open Despite Government Shutdown

The Blue Ridge Parkway will remain open for driving, hiking and nature exploration despite the government shutdown.  However, the facilities including welcome centers, bathrooms, museums and other education centers along the parkway will be closed.  To make your drive most

The Best Ways & Days to View Fall Leaf Color in the NC High Country!

  2013 FALL COLOR REPORT Appalachian State University’s Professor of Plant Physiology, Howie Neufeld, Ph.D., provides weekly leaf color updates for the High Country.  According to Neufeld, peak colors will occur in mid-October, around the 10-14th in the High Country.

Fall Hawk Migration Viewing Sites- NC High Country

North Carolina Fall Hawk Migration Viewing Sites The NC High Country is a popular viewing area for hawk migrations due to the rocky outcroppings and mountain ridgelines that provide optimal wind currents for the hawks to ride as they head

Linn Cove Viaduct

After 52 years of construction, the Blue Ridge Parkway was completed in September 1987.Ground was broken on September 11, 1935 at Cumberland Knob, North Carolina, and all but 7.5 miles of its 469 were constructed by 1967.  During the intervening

Blue Ridge Parkway History

The construction of the Blue Ridge Parkway came about through a combination of circumstances, which could never be duplicated. Although the idea of a road that would reach across the southern Appalachian Mountains had been discussed from time to time,