Day 76 - Asheville, NC + Blue-Ridge Parkway

Trip Start May 30, 2013
Trip End Aug 30, 2013

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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

We broke camp it was humid and sunny.  The trip to Asheville, NC was uneventful and the temperature and humidity was improving too. 

We got the trailer set up and set off for the Blue Ridge Parkway - visitor's center.  We drove about 10 miles of the parkway getting to the visitor's center.  This portion of the parkway had no turnouts or viewpoints - but lots of trees.  It was not nearly as interesting as the Shenandoah National Park section.

At the visitor's center we viewed a film about the park, the road construction, and its cultural heritage.  Much of the stone work, short walls, tunnels and bridges, was done in the 1930's by the Civilian Conservation Corps [3C's]. 

Some of the newer roads were built on raise pillars so the the park would be disturbed as little as possible.  The parkway is nearly 400 miles long stretching from The Shenandoah National Park to the Smokey Mountain National Park.

Our plan tomorrow is to visit the Biltmore Estate - the largest house in the United States - built by the Vanderbilt's.
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