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Best Easy Day Hikes: Blue Ridge Parkway
by Randy Johnson (Falcon Guides)
A trail through a wonderful white pine forest inspires appreciation for early mountain structures. This pleasant path offers a choice between a stroll to three interesting historic structures and a longer walk to the picnic area at the nearby parking for the Cascades Trail. You could include the Cascades for an even longer hike.The shorter stroll is highlighted by intriguing structures from the late nineteenth century—a cabin, an adjacent springhouse, and a shelter that served as a rustic church (don’t expect a steeple). No elaborate living-history displays take place here, and there’s no popular Parkway concession area nearby—just quiet aplenty to imagine life more than a hundred years ago.
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