Finally, a posting devoted specifically to the Blue Ridge Parkway. Shots are beginning to shake out of the archive. These two come from my early attempts to locate each Parkway Mile Post, including interesting views and features, on US Geological Survey 7.5 minute topographic maps. This view of the rock face on Silvermine Bald can be seen from the Fetterbush Overlook at Mile Post 421.7. Here the Parkway lies above 5500' elevation, above the deciduous trees, in the spruce-fir zone. All shown on the Sam Knob Quadrangle.
Just imagine, in the 1800s before this road or any other existed, the determination needed to work a silver mine in this rugged terrain that, even then, was know 'more for lure than lode.'
© r1116-07 Curve Silvermine Bald
© r1116-04 Curve Mountain Dandelion
Mile Post 421.7 at Fetterbush Overlook
Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina
Saturday 29 July 2000