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2011-04-27 06:30:00

ASHEVILLE, N.C., April 27, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- With so many hiking trails along the Blue Ridge Parkway, which ones provide the best scenery without requiring an extensive trek? Here are the Top 10 Quick Parkway Hikes near Asheville by www.RomanticAsheville.com. This popular vacation guide features extensive guides with photos and insider tips for each of these safe, well-marked hikes: 1. Rough Ridge: This unique hike offers plenty of extensive views of Grandfather Mountain, Linn Cove...

2011-04-01 00:09:01

Shenandoah National Park and Virginia State Parks Each Celebrate 75 Years Richmond, Va. (PRWEB) March 31, 2011 When the term "the Great Outdoors" was coined it must have been with Virginia in mind. The Commonwealth's inspiring landscape, including coastal beaches, rolling hills, majestic mountains and rivers and streams, is a haven for families looking to relax and reconnect in the beauty of nature. Hikers, paddlers, swimmers, stargazers, geo-cachers and nature lovers of all ages come to...

2011-03-03 06:45:00

ASHEVILLE, N.C., March 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Spring in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina brings many wonderful music, art and food festivals - and most them are free! Here are the Top 20 Asheville Spring Events for 2011, selected by www.RomanticAsheville.com Travel Guide: Every Friday night: Drum Circle in downtown Asheville March 26-27: Orchid Show at NC Arboretum March 27: Asheville Idiotarod, inspired by the famous Alaskan Sled Dog Race but instead of dogs they use people...

2010-11-24 11:37:00

JEFFERSON, N.C., Nov. 24, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Located in a county named after Revolutionary War patriot Samuel Ashe, Phoenix Mountain was named after the ship that brought the mountain's first settlers, the Ellers, from Germany in the 1800's. Complementing its captivating history, the property offers awe-inspiring scenery including views of the North Fork of the New River, an American Heritage River, which curls around the northern base of the mountain. This unparalleled 412-acre estate...

2010-09-15 09:00:00

ASHEVILLE, N.C., Sept. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- With a 5,000-foot elevation change within 50 miles of Asheville, the lush Blue Ridge Mountains have one of the longest-running fall color displays in the country. A popular online travel guide, www.RomanticAsheville.com, recommends these Top 10 Fall Color Spots: 1. Drive the Blue Ridge Parkway, one of the country's top scenic drives! Stop at many overlooks, picnic and hike. Color peaks early October in highest elevations, ending late October in the...

2009-04-16 06:53:00

ASHEVILLE, N.C., April 16 /PRNewswire/ -- It's time to hit the trails! The popular online travel guide to Asheville, www.RomanticAsheville.com, selected its top 10 easy and FREE day hikes in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina for 2009. 1. Gorges State Park: New parking and trails open in May for much better access to rugged river gorges. Hike along the Horsepasture River to see several waterfalls, including Rainbow Falls. 2. Mt. Mitchell: After enjoying the 360-degree vistas from...

2008-08-05 03:00:24

By FROM STAFF REPORTS DAY TRIPS NEW! Aug. 7 'Little Women' Travel to the Blue Ridge Dinner Theatre at Ferrum College to see the musical version of the classic novel. $39. Hosted by Roanoke County Parks, Recreation and Tourism. 772-7529, roanokecountyparks.com. NEW! Aug. 12 Mystery trip Registration ends today for Christiansburg Recreation Center's second annual mystery trip to an unknown destination. Trip departs the center at 4 a.m. Aug. 12. For ages 21 and older. $55. 382-2349....

2008-07-31 12:00:52

BASKING RIDGE, N.J., July 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Customers traveling this summer don't have to go far to find unique places to visit according to Verizon Wireless' Test Men and Women. The company's real-life Test Men and Women see some of the country's most interesting places -- from the Blue Ridge Mountains on the border of West Virginia to Metropolis, Ill., and Lake Texoma on the Oklahoma/Texas border to the Four Corners of Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Utah -- as they travel close to 1...

2008-07-26 03:00:23

By Cathy Benson cathy.benson@botetourtview.com Ben Shrader, of Bedford, is a volunteer doing a motion camera project, particularly along the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Appalachian Trail, called the Appalachian Trail project. It could put the issue to rest that there are no mountain lions in Virginia. These pictures came from the Cove Mountain area of Botetourt before the fire. Shrader once saw what he believes to be a mountain lion in the Blue Ridge Parkway area but he has his doubts as...

2008-07-20 06:00:24

By Joe Miller, The News & Observer, Raleigh, N.C. Jul. 20--Jeff Brewer prepped his 60 or so volunteers early Saturday morning for the day ahead: watch for ticks; drink lots of water because it's going to be hot; be careful with those axes and bow saws. Oh, and there's this irritated landowner. With six rottweilers. "Let's try not to irritate him anymore," requested Brewer, president of the Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail. What brought the volunteers out on a steamy July day...


Latest Blue Ridge Mountains Reference Libraries

Spruce Fir Moss Spider, Microhexura montivaga
2013-08-26 12:08:18

The Spruce Fir Moss Spider (Microhexura montivaga) is an endangered species of spider that can be found at high elevations in the southern Appalachian Mountains. Initially identified in 1923, they inhabit moss that grows on rocks under the forest canopy. It is one of the smallest mygalomorph spiders, with the adults only measuring 3 to 4 millimeters. The coloration varies from light brown to yellow-brown to a darker reddish brown color, with no markings on its abdomen. Their chelicerae...

Shenandoah National Park
2013-04-26 14:58:26

Shenandoah National Park is located in the State of Virginia in the United States. The park contains a portion of the Blue Ridge Mountains and holds 199,100 acres of land, of which 79,579 acres comprise a designated wilderness. The park extends across a narrow area, through eight counties, from Waynesboro to the town of Front Royal. The establishment of Shenandoah National park began in 1926, when the area was designated as a national park, but it was not officially established and opened...

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