Blue Ridge - Smoky Mountains Travel Guide
COVID-19 has made this a difficult time for all of us. We will all get through this by not panicking and staying informed. Use the information given to us by legitimate sources to help ourselves and others.
Please be considerate, don't hoard, there will be enough of everything for all of us as long as we show consideration. The empty shelves are due to some taking a lot more then they need, leaving others without anything. The hygiene standards set by the health organizations are important and should be adhered to.
Most events have been canceled until the end of the month, possibly further. I would advise anyone looking to come to an event, call and make sure they are still having the event.
For our visitors to the mountains, local businesses are making extra efforts to sanitize more than normal for your safety. Most restaurants are only doing carryout business please support your favorite restaurants and help them with their plight, some are closing for a couple of weeks. Most restaurants will have their menus on their web sites or on Facebook, call your orders in before coming.
Let's all unify to show our care and compassion for our fellow persons. Each of us could do something that will help, and the first thing to do, is be kind & considerate.
One of the special wonders in these mountains is the Blue Ridge Parkway. The Parkway begins or ends on the edge of the Shenandoah National Park in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia the Blue Ridge Parkway travels 469-miles southwestern along the high ridges and over the tall mountain peaks of the Blue Ridge Mountains ending or beginning at the southern gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
To get the most out of your scenic road trip the Highlander suggest starting out early and begin your journey from the town of Cherokee where the Blue Ridge Parkway officially ends at the southern entrance gateway into the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.
Take a trip on the Cherohala Skyway Scenic Byway and it is mobile ready. The Cherohala Skyway's 36-miles of scenic mountain views rival any scenic byway in the eastern United States. Mountaintops, waterfalls and waterways joined together with wildlife and giant trees, adorn this high country of eastern Tennessee and western North Carolina. I was very impressed with Spirit Ridge Overlook with an elevation of 4,950-feet. This is by far the best handicap access location along the Cherohala Skyway.
The average trip over the Skyway takes 2 1/2-hours, if you just want to drive and view scenery. I would recommend setting aside the best part of the day to enjoy some of the bigger than life features the Cherohala Skyway and Unicoi Mountain Wilderness have to offer.
Read more.. A day trip on the Cherohala Skyway Scenic Byway
The Highlander is celebrating 23 years on-line this year
Moving to these mountains in 1995, and seeing the wealth of healthy resources available to everyone led us to wanting to explore more That exploration led us to wanting to share that information. Having a history in marketing and publishing and the desire to publish a magazine about these mountains led us to research the Internet and its potential in 1995.
We started developing BlueRidgeHighlander.com in 1996, and launched it in 1997. Our next biggest challenge was to go around the mountains and explain to many what the Internet was and the value it had as a communication medium. Today 88.5% of the US population uses the Internet regularly.
The Highlander has been redesigned and re-programmed many times over the years. We are always looking into new ways to benefit our readers and sponsors, and are working on new benefits to add this coming season. We know you are going love the new additions and changes as we continue to grow out of the box.
We would love your input as to what you would like to have in the Highlander, after all, we are doing this for you, our readers, as a way to enjoy and plan your trips to the mountains.
Use this link to share your ideas of what you would like to see added to the Highlander. Continue to check out the progress, each week you will see something new...enjoy..
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