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In Blue Ridge Mountains, autumn hues are wedded with history
In Blue Ridge Mountains, autumn hues are wedded with history

When the Blue Ridge Parkway beckons me, I answer, especially in autumn, when I long for its twists and turns, its waterfalls, natural gardens, forests and upland meadows that dot its nearly 500 miles in Virginia and North Carolina. Little has changed here in the 75 years since the parkway construction began, permanently linking Virginia's Shenandoah National Park in the north and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in the south. It took 52 years and hundreds of workers to complete this public works project, which helped Appalachia climb out of the Great Depression. Thanks to varying elevations, a drive in October and even into early November will yield good views of fall hues....

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