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blue ridge parkway
|One of America's great "natural" treasures.
The Parkway is a man-made construction, built to view the natural wonders
of the Blue Ridge Mountains, which have inspired generations of Native
Americans, Spanish Conquistadors, frontiersmen, settlers and today's tourists
from all countries.|
Over 255 of the 469 mile length of the Parkway runs through North Carolina
as it follows the southern Appalachian range from Shenanandoah National
Park in Virginia to Great Smoky Mountains National Park in western North
Carolina. Two of its highest points are reached on either side of Asheville:
At Mt. Pisgah (5,721 ft.) to the west and Mt. Mitchell (6,684 ft) to the
east. The Parkway is the best free amusement ride in America!
There are six entrances accessible from the greater Asheville area. Over
11 million visitors a year pass through the Asheville area on the Blue
Ridge. A portion of it is used by locals as a commuter highway which runs
around the SE end of Asheville. Avid walkers , runners and cyclists are
seen using it everyday of the year as part of their fitness regime. It
is an important part in the life of this active community.
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