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    Blue Ridge Parkway

    by TimDaoust Written Jan 6, 2005

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    This almost qualifies as an off the beaten path tip, because it's outside of Boone. You will see some of the most serene views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and some of the best hikes for staying fit. It's very peaceful. There is a 15 mile or so stretch of the parkway that I'm very familiar with from outside of Boone all the way to Linville. I think I'll write up a travelogue on all of my favorite hikes pretty soon. Stay tuned.

    Directions: The parkway crosses hwy 421 east of Boone and hwy 321 to the south of Boone. If you head south on 321toward Blowing Rock you'll soon come upon it. I would head south on the parkway from that entrance to see the best overlooks and hikes.

    The Blue Ridge Parkway from Rough Ridge
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    • Hiking and Walking
    • Backpacking

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    Howard's Knob

    by TimDaoust Written Jan 6, 2005

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    This is a short drive up the mountain and a great experience as it affords the most commanding view of all of downtown Boone. As you are riding in on either hwy 421 or hwy 321 you will not be able to miss the huge mountain sticking up out of the surrounding landscape. Howard's Knob park is up at the very top and it's easy to get to, you just have to know which road to turn onto off of King St.
    See my pic on the Boone Intro page for a preview of what you'll see up there.

    Directions: Heading west on 421, you will turn right onto Cherry St. Keep heading uphill and when you come to an intersection go in the direction that looks like it's leading uphill and before you know it you will come upon the park.

    Howard's Knob in October
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    • Adventure Travel

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  • Grandfather Mountain

    by MandaJ320 Updated May 6, 2004

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    This mountain has hiking, a swinging bridge, and absolutely breathtaking views. Grandfather Mountain is the highest peak in the Blueridge Mountains. On a clear day, they say you can see Charlotte from here, though its hours away!

    Address: 221 North, 19 miles from Boone

    Website: http://www.grandfather.com

    Grandfather Mountain
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  • Blowing Rock

    by MandaJ320 Written May 3, 2004

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    This Rock has snow that falls upside down! Here is the legend of Blowing Rock:

    "It is said that a Chickasaw chieftan, fearful of a white man’s admiration for his lovely daughter, journeyed far from the plains to bring her to The Blowing Rock and the care of a squaw mother. One day the maiden, daydreaming on the craggy cliff, spied a Cherokee brave wandering in the wilderness far below and playfully shot an arrow in his direction. The flirtation worked because soon he appeared before her wigwam, courted her with songs of his land and they became lovers, wandering the pathless woodlands and along the crystal streams.

    One day a strange reddening of the sky brought the brave and the maiden to The Blowing Rock. To him it was a sign of trouble commanding his return to his tribe in the plains. With the maiden’s entreaties not to leave her, the brave, torn by conflict of duty and heart, leaped from The Rock into the wilderness far below. The grief-stricken maiden prayed daily to the Great Spirit until one evening with a reddening sky, a gust of wind blew her lover back onto The Rock and into her arms. From that day a perpetual wind has blown up onto The Rock from the valley below. For people of other days, at least, this was explanation enough for The Blowing Rock’s mysterious winds causing even the snow to fall upside down."

    (Taken from www.theblowingrock.com)

    Address: 321 South- 9 miles south of Boone

    Website: http://www.theblowingrock.com

    The Blowing Rock

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