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Product Details

  • Series: Guide to the Blue Ridge Parkway
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Menasha Ridge Press; Third Edition edition (August 17, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0897329082
  • ISBN-13: 978-0897329088
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 6.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,761 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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...anyone planning more than a Saturday jaunt on the parkway out to get a copy. -- Paul Sullivan, fredericksburg.com, The Free Lance-Star, August 14, 2004
This text refers to the first edition.
--The Free Lance-Star

"A beautiful book with gorgeous color pictures. I take my copy wherever I plan to be on the Parkway." -- Rapid River, December 2003. This review refers to the first edition. --Rapid River, December 2003

From the Back Cover

A national treasure that was designed to be enjoyed from the seat of a car, the Blue Ridge Parkway reveals the beauty and splendor of the Blue Ridge Mountains. If you are planning a visit or are already on your way, you¿ll want a copy of the Guide to the Blue Ridge Parkway to discover all that the Parkway has to offer.
This milepost guide highlights important attractions and destinations on the 469-mile Parkway, including cultural parks, remnants of historical Appalachia, as well as trailheads and campgrounds. Sidebars throughout the guidebook cover diverse subjects, such as the preservation of view sheds and the habits of animals that frequent the Parkway. And wildflower enthusiasts will benefit from the bloom calendar, which notes peak bloom times and general locations of the flowers.
Whether you explore only a few miles or tour the entire length of the Parkway, the Guide to the Blue Ridge Parkway will guarantee you get miles of enjoyment out of this national treasure.
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I highly recommend this book as a beginning to planning a trip.
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I was on the B.R. PKWY and needed something more than the simple park map to figure out where the interesting hikes and views were.
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This book goes mile by mile to tell you about the blue ridge parkway.
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Curtis J. George on August 10, 2001
Format: Paperback
This is an excellent guide to help you plan a trip on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The book maps out everything you need to know about the road. Every overlook, campsite, and picnic area is included. There are even several sites mentioned that are not clearly marked by the National Parks Service. I used the book before I went on the trip and highlighted all the things that I thought would be interesting and used it as I went. The book is extremely helpful and much better then the newspapers and magazine guides that you can get for free on the parkway.
There were several problems with the book too. Even though it probably the most thorough guide of the Blue Ridge Parkway that I have seen it does not include a map of the road. Most of the pictures in book are very good, however they rarely match up with the information on the page. The last problem I had with the book was that the binding on the book became unglued and many of the pages are now falling out.
Overall this is the best guide on the Blue Ridge Parkway that I have seen. It was extremely helpful to me, and I highly recommend it!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By R. Shaw on June 30, 2004
Format: Paperback
I was on the B.R. PKWY and needed something more than the simple park map to figure out where the interesting hikes and views were. This book does it and does it well. I have been on the pkwy many times, but some of the history had eluded me until I got to glance through this guide. My buddy liked it so much, he bought his own just because I was always reading it. If you are going to drive the pkwy, I would recommend this book to help you get the most out of your trip.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kic Stander on August 1, 2007
Format: Paperback
Having researched and planned trips for clients over the past few years, I have come to rely very heavily on this book and "Blue Ridge Parkway Guide" Volumes 1&2. This one offers lovely photos and interesting details of each overlook. You can get some of the same info online but it is not any easier to follow. Hikers may need more back country info but if you are riding the parkway on 1 or more wheels and you can only get one guide, get this one!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Patrick M. Tompkins on March 1, 2006
Format: Paperback
This book was so much more than I expected. It is very detailed in any and all aspects. All sites along the drive are marked by mile markers right down to the tenth of a mile. There is a brief section that tells about the history of the area. Other sites, stops, overlooks and points of interest are well documented. There are also sidebars to the wildlife that are native to the region. There is a section dedicated to what plants and flowers are in bloom(Bloom Calendar)from Jan. through Dec. Campgrounds are marked by mile markers and they specifically tell how many tent and/or RV sites are available as well as the elevation. Trailheads are marked by state. Tunnels are also marked by mile marker and length. However, the height clearance was not. A must have book for first time and repeat visitors. I also recommend "GUIDE TO THE NATCHEZ TRACE PARKWAY". It is by another author but has the same format.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Danielle Bernstein on November 11, 2003
Format: Paperback
Why is the origin of the name French Broad River? Who was Art Loeb of the Art Loeb trail? Why is the falls that you can see from Mile Post 361.2 called Glassmine Falls? It does not look like glass. This guide has an overlook-by-overlook explanation of the treasures on the Parkway prefaced by a good introduction on the history and geology of the road. I only wish the authors had added the altitude at each overlook. One appendix lists a blooming calendar and the overlooks most likely to have the flowers. Another one has contact information for all the enterprises on the Parkway from the Shenandoah National Park to the Biltmore Estate.
It is a beautiful book with gorgeous color pictures. Text boxes detailing a particular subject such as rhododendrons or Daniel Boone are sprinkled throughout. But why did they have to use black text on a dark purple background for these boxes? They are so difficult to read. Except for that shortcoming, this book is meant to be used, not to be left on the bookshelf. I take my copy wherever I think I am going to be on the Parkway. As for the answers to the questions above? Check pages 120, 129 and 108, respectively.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By N. Stanford on May 29, 2011
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I purchased this book along with Best of the Blue Ridge Parkway before a recent trip down the Parkway. While there aren't many photos in this book, it gives very detailed info about all the various vista sites along the Parkway - helpful to know what one is looking at.
Good to have had both guides - Best of the Blue Ridge has many nice photos, but not much info on things other than what the author has deemed "best."
Based on both books' reviews, we stayed at the Peaks of Otter Lodge along the Parkway which was very nice.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 8, 2012
Format: Paperback
Every year, we spend Thanksgiving weekend in Black Mountain, NC. I brought this book along with me last year. We spent a pleasant morning exploring the Blue Ridge Parkway near Asheville. This book told us where to find tunnels (which my 2-year-old loved), gorgeous views and interesting stops. It made me want to travel more of the Parkway when I have the time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Weekend Hiker on May 26, 2011
Format: Paperback
We took this guide on our first trip to the Blue Ridge Parkway and it was extremely helpful. With the multitude of overlooks and parking lots, it is tough for a novice hiker to know where to stop and explore. This book greatly aided us during our travels and even allowed us to find a great picnic spot that wasn't marked because of construction.
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