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All Parkway Concession Facilities Open this Weekend!

Via Facebook Group Blue Ridge Parkway

What a perfect weekend for the Blue Ridge Parkway! All concession facilities – Peaks of Otter Lodge, Crabtree Falls, Mabry Mill, Bluffs, and the Pisgah Inn — are open on Saturday to take care of your hungries after your favorite hike or activity. The apple trees are in full bloom at the Moses Cone Estate and the Orchard at Altapass. Higher elevations e.g Graveyard Fields are showing a rich display of serviceberry; a special frame of Mabry Mill is available now with the serviceberry in the foreground. This photo op is only good for the next few days.

All members who add photoghraphs (PHOTOS MUST BE TAKEN OVER THIS WEEKEND THROUGH MONDAY) to the new Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation Flickr site by the close of business, Monday, April 27 will receive a free Blue Ridge Parkway “RIDE” pin … Share the Journey!

Enjoy the view, but watch the road …

I wish I was close enough to make a road trip…

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Miller house placed on historic register

From the news:

It’s more than a century old but it’s still providing family comfort.

The John Smith Miller house is Watauga County’s newest addition to the National Register of Historic Places, with the Victorian-style farmhouse in the Meat Camp area earning the recognition in January.

via Miller house placed on historic register – Watauga Democrat.

Valle Crucis Watauga County

High Country Conservancy obtains new easement…

In the news:

Another prominent ridge has been protected after being placed under a conservation easement.

The High Country Conservancy has helped add the Oliver Hill property to a chain of easements near Valle Crucis. Tom Andrews donated the conservation easement on the property, which is located atop a knoll in the Matney community.

The easement’s conservation values include wildlife habitat, scenic views and grazing pasture. Featuring more than 97 acres of woodlands, grasslands and a tributary to Craborchard Creek, the land falls under the North Carolina State Wildlife Action Plan “Priority Habitat.”

via High Country Conservancy obtains new easement – Watauga Democrat.