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BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY - Page 6
Overlooks, W. Jefferson, Frescoes

Mileposts 291 - 190

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Page 1 (MPs 400s)
  
Smokemont Campground
  Waterrock Knob
  Mount Pisgah CG

Page 2 (MPs 390-340)
  Asheville, NC
     Asheville KOA East
     Biltmore Estate
     Chimney Rock
  Craggy Gardens
  Crabtree Meadows CG

Page 3 (MPs 316-304)
  Linville Falls CG
  Grandfather CG
  Grandfather Mountain

  Linn Cove Viaduct

Page 4 (MPs 297-294)
  Julian Price CG
  Moses Cone Park

Page 5 (MP 292 exit)
  Boone
  KOA Boone
  Village of Blowing Rock
  Blowing Rock Attraction
  Mast General Store

Page 6 (MPs 291-190)
  West Jefferson
  Church of the Frescoes
  RiverCampUSA
  Virginia Creeper Trail

Page 7 (MPs 217-176)
  Puckett Cabin
  Meadows of Dan CG
  Mabry Mill
  Mayberry Campground
  Mount Airy
  Pilot Mt. State Park

Page 8 (MPs 169-61)
  Rocky Knob CG
  Roanoke Mountain CG
  Virginia's Explore Park
  Peaks of Otter CG
  Otter Creek CG

Page 9 (MP 62)
  KOA Natural Bridge
  Jellystone Natural Bridge
  Natural Bridge

Page 10 (MPs 45-0)
  Chimney Rock
  20 Minute Cliff
  Humpback Rocks

  Shenandoah NP
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Below are places we saw along the way with links to separate pages, if applicable.
Mile-post Attraction
 
Even when taking pictures in panorama mode, there's no way to capture the vastness of this beauty that seems to go on forever into the distance with each layer of mountains getting hazier and dreamier.
291
Thunder Hill Overlook
Great views overlooking Yadkin River valley
285 Boone's Trace. Maybe where Daniel crossed the Blue Ridge Mountains? The overlook above is of Yadkin Valley, where Boone made his home.
282
No false advertising here!
261
Quaint town set against a picturesque mountain backdrop. Look for the murals that cover some of the downtown buildings - like this tribute to the mountain music this area is known for. Also visit Sally Mae's Emporium and Todd General Store to browse through the memories of mercantile gone by. Ashe County Cheese Store was one of my favorite stops here where you can see cheese being made in their viewing room and buy wonderfully fresh varieties of cheese, butter, fudge and other goodies.
258
There are two churches that feature these frescoes. We actually visited them when we were staying in Boone and due to parking, etc., I think it's best that way instead of trying to park around them in an RV. Exit from Parkway is at Northwest Trading Post (Milepost 258) heading toward Glendale Springs. Go past the first stop sign, turn right and go 1/2 block to the Holy Trinity Church. You can pick up a map there to the other church, a few miles away.
The 3 fresco paintings here at St. Mary's are the "Mystery of Faith", "John, the Baptist" and "Mary, Great with Child". There is a bumble bee that is immortalized in the John the Baptist fresco because it "bugged" the artist so much while he was painting! At Holy Trinity, the "Last Supper" covers an entire wall of the Church.
248
I stayed at this beautiful campground on the way back south on the Parkway in October and really enjoyed my time here on the New River. See link above for pics and commentary on the campground or click pic below to go to their website. West Jefferson, the Churches of the Frescoes, and New River State Park are easy commuting from here.
Click pic for RiverCamp USA website
238
Doughton Park Campground (336) 372-8568
  25 RV Sites. I had planned for this to be my next stop after leaving Boone during my summer trip heading north in June, but when we got there about 1 pm, it was hot and sunny and the only site open that was big enough for me was just too hot and too sunny. So I decided to press on to Rocky Knob Campground, about 80 miles further up the road. But by the time I got almost that far, I decided to check out Meadows of Dan Campground in order to have quiet electricity. Info on that on next page...
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