Blue Ridge Parkway: Mabry Mill

  One of my favorite stops on the Blue Ridge Parkway, Mabry Mill (mile post 176) is a major park installation. It includes a main building with a restaurant and a large historic area with working water-powered grist and saw mill and a blacksmith shop that is original to the site, a log cabin, and…

Driving The Blue Ridge Parkway

  Most of us travel on the Interstate Highway System, established by President Eisenhower in the 1950’s. These highways are clearly a product of the modern era, designed to transport the military, civilians, and products at maximum speed and efficiency. Interstates are characterized by tense, high speed driving with huge tractor-trailer trucks rolling at 70…

Hiking to Mary’s Rock

Mary’s Rock is a favorite short hike suitable for school age children and older adults. It offers views to the east along the trail and ends in a beautiful view to the west across the Great Valley to the main range of the Appalachians.