Sunday, January 18, 2009

Blue Ridge Parkway 2008 visitors down 1 million

High gas prices were probably partially responsible for a downturn in visitors along the Blue Ridge Parkway in 2008. Today's Waynesboro News Virginian reports 1 million less visitors wound their way along the curvy mountaintop roadway.

The most visited national park in the nation, the Blue Ridge Parkway was built in 1935 and begins at Afton Mountain/Rockfish Gap, Virginia, continuing for 470 miles to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park in North Carolina.

I have posted previously that Afton Mountain could be the crown jewel of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and the entryway into the Shenandoah Valley as well as the beginning of the Blue Ridge Parkway, if it was cleaned up.

The Blue Ridge Parkway ... a wonderful asset to Virginia.

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