the wandering chick
...the Blue Ridge Parkway
and the Great Smoky Mountains
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The Looking Glass, BRP
Blue Ridge Parkway
The Looking Glass, BRP
These pictures were taken along the southern end of the Blue Ridge Parkway, between Milepost 412 and the Great Smoky Mountains.

Above and Right: Looking Glass Rock is so named because of the glaring reflection from the sun when water freezes on its granite surface.

It can be seen from Milepost 417 along the Blue Ridge Parkway, but is actually in the Pisgah National Forest.

Table Rock Mtn
Table Rock Mountain can be seen from Mileposts 320 near Linville Falls on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Linville Falls, BRP
Above , Left and Below:Linville Falls in the Blue Ridge is at Milepost 320. It's an easy walk to the falls, and they can be seen from several overlooks.
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Linville Falls
the smoky mountains from maggie valley
a running stream in maggie valley
Mingo Falls
winding road in the smoky mtns
Mocking Bird Hill, MV

Maggie Valley is a charming little town on Highway 19 at the foot the the Great Smoky Mountains in North Carolina. Nothing fancy, but friendly people and lots of walking trails.

I did a lot of walking behind the Hillbilly Campground, up Campbell Creek Rd to Johnson Branch Rd. These pictures (above and below) were taken there.

Pioneer Village, MV

Above: B-road 32 runs north to south, skirting the eastern edge of the Great Smoky Mountains. This shot was taken at one of the few areas where you could pull over to take a picture.

Left: Mingo Falls is located outside Cherokee, NC, off of Big Cove Road. It's a short walk to the falls.

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The Blue Ridge Parkway is a 469-mile scenic drive through North Carolina and Virginia. It links Shenandoah National Park to the north with the Great Smoky Mountains at the south end. The parkway along with the Shenandoah and Great Smoky parks are all a part of the Appalachian Mountain range.

The Smokies are named for the fog that often hovers over the mountains when the warm air from the Gulf of Mexico reaches the cooler and higher elevations of the moutains.

The "Blue" named for the Blue Ridge range is so named because of the blue haze that is cast over the mountains.