Discover Floyd, Nature’s Mountain Paradise – Virginia Is For Lovers

On the crest of the Blue Ridge, Floyd County’s lush mountainscapes portray the diversity and beauty of the mountain plateau and present a natural playground whether your fun is hiking, biking, fishing, camping and/or photography.

Never traversed by a four-lane road or rail-line, Floyd County’s heritage and natural beauty are remarkably well-preserved. Chosen for 40 miles of the Blue Ridge Parkway, it’s among the most beautiful counties in Virginia with scenic overlooks, picturesque working farms, and historic sites, including the famed Mabry Mill, which is maintained and operated by the National Park Service and serves as a visual centerpiece of the Parkway and tourism magnet for the region.

Hike up Buffalo Mountain, part of a 1,000-acre Natural Area Preserve that stands nearly 4,000 feet in altitude. Enjoy panoramic views of the forest, fields, sunrises and sunsets. This mountain was once part of a large land grant given to Robert E. Lee’s father, “Lighthorse Harry” Lee for his military service. Along the hike on the Rock Castle Gorge National Recreational Trail, you’ll see tunnels of rhododendren and other thick mountain foliage, a splashing stream, and high open meadows.

via Discover Floyd, Nature’s Mountain Paradise – Virginia Is For Lovers.

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New Hiking Permit Policy at Grandfather Mountain

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As Grandfather Mountain completes its deal with the State of North Carolina the rules surrounding hiking permits to Grandfather’s trails will change. Once this deal is finalized, yearly permits will no longer be required to access trails from out of park trailheads. Until this happens, one day only permits are being issued to hikers.

Currently, hikers wishing to access trails from the off-mountain trailheads will need to purchase a day hiking permit from the Grandfather Mountain ticket gate. Trails with off-mountain trailheads include the Profile Trail with access from Hwy 105 and the Boone Fork Trail with access from the Blue Ridge Parkway. After the sale of land to the State, no hiking permits will be required to access these properties from off-mountain trailheads.

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New Hiking Permit Policy at Grandfather Mountain

from the news…

As Grandfather Mountain completes its deal with the State of North Carolina the rules surrounding hiking permits to Grandfather’s trails will change. Once this deal is finalized, yearly permits will no longer be required to access trails from out of park trailheads. Until this happens, one day only permits are being issued to hikers.

Currently, hikers wishing to access trails from the off-mountain trailheads will need to purchase a day hiking permit from the Grandfather Mountain ticket gate. Trails with off-mountain trailheads include the Profile Trail with access from Hwy 105 and the Boone Fork Trail with access from the Blue Ridge Parkway. After the sale of land to the State, no hiking permits will be required to access these properties from off-mountain trailheads.

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Economy slows traffic on Blue Ridge Parkway

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As the economy decelerated and gas prices soared, annual visitation to the Blue Ridge Parkway dropped by more than a million motorists in 2008.

The 469-mile scenic highway drew 18.25 million visitors last year, down from 19.29 million in 2007, according to statistics from the National Park Service.

The 2008 visitation was the lowest in the past eight years and the first time below 19 million during that span.

via Economy slows traffic on Blue Ridge Parkway | Lynchburg News Advance.

I know we didn’t do our part in 2008 to keep the numbers up…Maybe we can make up for it in 2009.

Economy slows traffic on Blue Ridge Parkway

In the news…

As the economy decelerated and gas prices soared, annual visitation to the Blue Ridge Parkway dropped by more than a million motorists in 2008.

The 469-mile scenic highway drew 18.25 million visitors last year, down from 19.29 million in 2007, according to statistics from the National Park Service.

The 2008 visitation was the lowest in the past eight years and the first time below 19 million during that span.

via Economy slows traffic on Blue Ridge Parkway | Lynchburg News Advance.

I know we didn’t do our part in 2008 to keep the numbers up…Maybe we can make up for it in 2009.

The Conservation Trust for North Carolina | CharlotteObserver.com

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The Conservation Trust for North Carolina purchased a 538-acre property on the Blue Ridge Parkway near Spruce Pine, which will keep a segment of the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail open to the public.

The Rose Creek property in Mitchell County has more than a mile of frontage on the Blue Ridge Parkway and is visible from The Loops Overlook. It contains about 1.5 miles of the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail, which traces the route taken by colonial militia to the pivotal battle of Kings Mountain during the American Revolution, according to a news release from the Conservation Trust.

This segment of trail, which has not been accessible to the public, will now be open to hikers.

(Raleigh) News & Observer

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The Conservation Trust for North Carolina | CharlotteObserver.com

From the Web…

The Conservation Trust for North Carolina purchased a 538-acre property on the Blue Ridge Parkway near Spruce Pine, which will keep a segment of the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail open to the public.

The Rose Creek property in Mitchell County has more than a mile of frontage on the Blue Ridge Parkway and is visible from The Loops Overlook. It contains about 1.5 miles of the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail, which traces the route taken by colonial militia to the pivotal battle of Kings Mountain during the American Revolution, according to a news release from the Conservation Trust.

This segment of trail, which has not been accessible to the public, will now be open to hikers.

(Raleigh) News & Observer

Quizno’s employee shot during robbery | CharlotteObserver.com.

North Carolina Visitor Attraction of the Year

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The Blue Ridge Parkway was tapped the North Carolina Visitor Attraction of the Year for exemplifying excellence, innovation and setting the standard for an exceptional visitor experience. Having just commenced its 75th Anniversary Celebration, the Parkway is considered one of the great public accomplishments of Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal. The 469-mile parkway, which winds through the high mountains of the southern Appalachians and joins Shenandoah and Great Smoky Mountains national parks, has since after World War II been the most visited site in the National Park System. It was built over a 52-year period from the turning of the first shovelful of dirt in September of 1935 until its completion in 1987.

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