Have you ever wondered what mountain peaks you were actually seeing as you enjoy the view from one of the many beautiful overlooks along the Blue Ridge Parkway? Are you curious how high those mountains are and how faraway one is from the other? This book is designed to answer those questions and much more. It is a driving guide to the Parkway, featuring views from more than40 overlooks along its 469-mile track through North Carolina and Virginia, with information about what you are viewing, and nearby attractions such as waterfalls, visitor centers, craft shops, and museums. Author and photographer Tim Barnwell identifies the mountain peaks you can see from each overlook, marking their compass heading, distance, and elevation. Major roads, rivers, lakes, and towns are also identified.
The book is easy to use: when you drive to a featured overlook, simply find the corresponding panoramic photograph made from that exact spot, and you will soon know the names of all the peaks you are admiring. Hikers will appreciate the book, too: it's great to be able to put a name to the mountain peaks you see from your favorite trail. In addition to the Parkway overlooks, the book also features numerous stunning views from popular attractions across western North Carolina, including the Biltmore Estate and Chimney Rock Park.
This unique guidebook, over five years in the making, touches on the history, geography, natural attractions, geology, and communities traversed by the Parkway, and provides everyone with a "bigger picture" of where they are and what is nearby that they might want to visit. Whether you are a local or a first time visitor, this beautiful book is sure to become a trusted traveling companion as you drive the winding majesty that is the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
If you are planning a trip through the Blue Ridge, I highly recommend this book as a tool to help you get the most out of your trip. The Blue Ridge is one of the most beautiful trips one can take on the East Coast, and one that everyone should try to take. This book is like having a personal guide to help you enjoy the wonderful views. If you can't ever get to take the trip....buy the book and you will feel like you have enjoyed the trip anyway.
This is a great book for those of us who can't get enough of mountains. I live near the Parkway, and my son is at university nearby, so this is a great reference to carry along. Informative text and nice photography. I love knowing the names of some of the mountains that I didn't know previously. Thanks Tim Barnwell.
Love the book! The next time we drive the Blue Ridge Parkway, we can stand at the overlooks and know what mountains we are viewing!
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