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Pisgah National Forest

Pisgah National Forest

Pisgah National Forest is a National Forest in the Appalachian Mountains of Western North Carolina. The Pisgah National Forest covers 510,119 acres of mountainous terrain in the southern Appalachian Mountains, including parts of the Blue Ridge Mountains and Great Balsam Mountains. Elevations reach
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Cradle of Forestry

Cradle of Forestry

Cradle of Forestry is a 6500 acre National Forest Historic Site in North Carolina. It is located within Pisgah National Forest on scenic Highway 276 near Brevard, NC. America’s first school of forestry known as Biltmore Forest School was established over here in 1968.   Dr. Carl Schenck, a
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited National Park in the United States. It is situated in both Tennessee and North Carolina. It encompasses the ridge line of the Great Smoky Mountains – a part of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The border between Tennessee and North Carolina
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Cades Cove (Great Smoky Mountains)

Cades Cove (Great Smoky Mountains)

Cades Cove is one of the most visited attractions of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is a lush green valley surrounded by mountains and there are many historic buildings from 18th and 19th centuries. The valley is very scenic and wild life can be spotted, including black bear. The
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Oconaluftee (Great Smoky Mountains)

Oconaluftee (Great Smoky Mountains)

Oconaluftee is located inside Great Smoky Mountains National Park, 2 miles north of Cherokee, North Carolina. It is a river valley in the Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina. Formerly the site of a Cherokee village and Appalachian community, the valley’s bottom land is now home to the
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Chestoa View Overlook

Chestoa View Overlook

Chestoa View is another scenic overlook located at Milepost 320 on Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina. The elevation is 4090′. It has one of the best views on the Parkway. The name Chestoa is derived form the Cherokee word for rabbit.  From the parking area, it’s a short (1/3 mile)
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Blue Ridge Parkway Fall Sightseeing

Blue Ridge Parkway Fall Sightseeing

Blue Ridge Parkway is America’s most scenic drive and extends from Virginia to North Carolina. Linking Shennandoah National Park in Virginia to Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina, the Blue Ridge Parkway is a 470-mile, linear National Park with many stopping points along the
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Grandfather Mountain Overlook

Grandfather Mountain Overlook

Grandfather Mountain Overlook is located at Milepost 306 on Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina and offers spectacular views of  Grandfather Mountain. You can park your car at the overlook and enjoy the panorama. When you walk further south from the parking area, you get to see beautiful views of
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Linn Cove Viaduct

Linn Cove Viaduct

Linn Cove Viaduct on the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina is the most complicated concrete bridge ever built. Completed in 1983 at a cost of almost $10 million, the Linn Cove Viaduct is 1,243 feet long and contains 153 segments weighing 50 tons each. It is a masterpieces of engineering that was
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Rough Ridge Overlook

Rough Ridge Overlook

Rough Ridge Overlook is a very popular overlook along the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina. It is located on Milepost 302.8 and the elevation is 4293′. There is a short hiking trail which starts from the parking area. It is about 1/3 miles long and is moderate in difficulty. The trail
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