BLUE RIDGE COUNTRY is amazing, especially during the fall season when the colors turn golden, the harvest is underway, and pumpkin festivals abound. The Blue Ridge Parkway meanders some 400 miles along the mountain backbone that connects the Shenandoah and Great Smoky Mountains along the highest part of the Appalachian range, offering many opportunities to view its scenic wonders from elevations up to 6,000 feet. It's great to travel the high country once again!
The ancient base rock that forms this southern mountain range has been modified by natural forces acting over geologic eons with some interesting results. The Virginia Natural Bridge is an amazing formation where a relatively tiny Cedar Creek has carved a gorge in a mountain of limestone forming a natural arch 215 feet high and 90 feet wide.
And below ground there are spectacular limestone caves -- like the Luray Caverns -- that were created over centuries by ground water action dissolving calcium-rich stone to create beautiful stalactite, flowstone, and stalagmite formations in the subterranean caverns.
Combine these with a breathtaking mountain profile along with the plants, woodlands, and animals that roam the terrain, and you can see why country artist John Denver sang praises to the beauty of this Shenandoah region in his popular western song, Take Me Home Country Roads...
Miles 3375, Week 40, Weather 74F⛈