Access Trail in the Works at The Peaks Of Otter

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Eleven years ago planning began to construct a trail at the Peaks of Otter on the Blue Ridge Parkway that would be accessible to those with physical challenges.  This handicap accessible trail came close to reality at least two times, but at the last minute funding was pulled at the Regional or Washington level. Funding through a partnership with Nature Valley, the National … [Read more...]

Overlooked Story of the Blue Ridge Parkway

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When stories are told of the building and development of the Blue Ridge Parkway the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) is often cited for their contributions.  Another group who also had a part in the construction and development of recreation areas throughout the park was Conscientious Objectors (also known as CO’s) during World War II.  The draft laws of World War II allowed … [Read more...]

Park Ranger Tips – Deer vs. Car Collisions

The National Safety Council reported in 2003 that there were 530,000 car collisions involving animals.  A major portion of these are wildlife and the largest part of those involved deer.  Deer are a common factor in many motor vehicle collisions in National Parks.   Most areas administered by the National Park Service provide habitat for white tail and in the west mule deer.  A … [Read more...]

Geocaching Trail to Open Near Blue Ridge Parkway

This June 5th is National Trail Day and marks the debut of the Gems of Rockbridge County Geocache Trail in Virginia.  The Trail has been developed by the organizations Rockbridge Area Tourism, Rockbridge County, and Celebrate Buena Vista.  A grant was awarded for this partnership to develop a geocaching experience which ties into The Blue Ridge Parkway's 75th Anniversary … [Read more...]

Threats to the Blue Ridge As We Know It

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Twelve thousand years ago when Native Americans inhabited the mountain gaps and valleys and later as European settlers moved into the area; the American chestnut was the dominant tree of the Southern Appalachians.  It provided shelter, food, and trade for all these peoples.   Between 1900 and 1908 a fungus known as chestnut blight was introduced through imported chestnut lumber … [Read more...]