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Grayson County

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    • Day 6

      Blue Ridge Parkway

      April 14, 2022 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 11 °C

      Nous avons continué ce matin sur la Blue Ridge Parkway. Notre route a été ponctuée par plusieurs détours du tracé prévu à cause de portions de route fermées. La journée, principalement passée à rouler, a été incroyablement riche tant en animaux croisés (biches, vautours, marmottes, chevaux...) qu'en paysages. Tantôt entre des collines verdoyantes, tantôt face à des panoramas grandioses à perte de vue. On arrive en fin de matinée en Caroline du Nord. L'après-midi, on fait halte au pied d'un lac qui nous fait presque oublier qu'on était sous la grêle il y a 5 jours. Enfin, on s'arrête en haut d'un point de vue : une petite randonnée nous emmène tout en haut du col avec une vue à 360 degrés sur la vallée. L'endroit est parfait pour profiter du coucher soleil entre les montagnes.Read more

    • Day 10

      Blue Ridge Music Center

      October 20, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

      Sehr schön und liebevoll gestaltetes Museum zur Geschichte der Countrymusic und Gras. Leider waren wir erst eine halbe Stunde vor der Schließung da und konnten uns nicht si viel Zeit nehmen. Wirklich schade!Read more

    • Day 18

      Galax, VA

      March 10, 2016 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 11 °C

      Galax is the home of traditional folk music, mostly driven by the fiddle and banjo. It's an important stop along the Crooked Road Trail, a network of concerts, jam sessions, and sites dedicated to American southern roots music. Galax is the home of the oldest fiddle contest in the country. Memories of the late great Andy Woolf cone alive here. We're staying in an RV "park" (field behind a warehouse), called Old Crank's that features an old car museum. Guess who chose this romantic hideaway?Read more

    • Day 18

      Fries, VA

      March 10, 2016 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

      Fries is pronounced "freeze", as odd as that may seem. Driving up and down the mountains, stoppng at bakeries and music stores. They're about two months ahead of our spring here. The terrain reminds me of Vermont.
      My parents gave me the name "Daisy Nell" that sounds like I came from these mountains, even though we were New England "wasps" with some celtic roots. That must be why these old banjo tunes sing their way right into my heart. I introduced myself at the jam last night, and one gal said, "Oh, howdy, Daisy Nell, I'm Ginny Mae and this is Rhonda Jean, and that's my husband Junior".
      Tomorrow we head home after this southern journey. Our plan is to stop in Amish country for one more night on the road. As the old saying goes, when you go somewhere to get away from it all you usually find that you brought it all with you.
      Goodnight Mary Ellen, Goodnight John Boy....
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    • Day 14

      The VCT...what is it?

      October 6, 2023 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 63 °F

      A destination for visitors from across the US and a cherished asset for local residents, the Virginia Creeper Trail is best known as a biking trail, but in reality, the VCT is a multi-use trail with opportunities to bike, walk, run, fish, horseback ride, people watch, cross country ski and geocache, along with chances to observe and learn about the native fauna and flora, as well as the fascinating historical and economic role the railroad played in southwest Virginia.

      The trail got its unusual name from the early steam locomotives as they struggled slowly up steep grades, carrying lumber. Having failed to turn a profit since the Great Depression, the Creeper ran its last train on March 31, 1977. The trail gained new life in 1984, when it was designated a National Recreation Trail.

      Over 150,000 people use the trail annually, and in 2014 it was inducted in to the national Rail-Trail Hall of Fame.

      From Whitetop Station near the top of the second highest peak in Virginia, the Creeper Trail meanders (mostly!) downhill through and over some of the most spectacular scenery imaginable – open farmlands and fields, dense forests, Christmas tree farms, rushing streams and creeks. On your way, you’ll sail across nearly 50 wooden trestles as you glide above this stunning scenery and travel through small, charming towns and past restored railroad depots. The VCT will intersect with the Appalachian Trail at a few points along your journey and, between Damascus and Whitetop, you’ll find Whitetop Laurel Creek, one of Virginia’s largest and most beautiful wild trout streams, just feet from the trail.

      The elevation change along the 34-mile trail is moderate. Near the top of Whitetop Mountain, you’ll find Whitetop Station at 3500’ and Damascus (the half-way point) clocking in at a little over 1900’ – an elevation change of almost 1600’ in 17 miles. From Damascus to the trail head in Abingdon, the trail inclines slightly, with an elevation increase of less than 300’ that includes a moderate climb from the Holston River confluence to Abingdon. View Elevation Profile.

      Heading down from Whitetop to Damascus takes approximately 2.5 to 3 hours, depending on your pace. Add another 2 hours or so to travel from Damascus to the trail head in Abingdon.

      The diverse landscape, the elevation variability and multiple access points all combine to make for a design-your-own Creeper Trail adventure and a chance to individualize your experience according to your time constraints, what portions of the trail you’d like to see, or whether you’re riding with very young children or energetic teens. Most folks opt for a shuttle from Damascus or Abingdon up to Whitetop Station and then journey the entire 34-mile trail to Abingdon or down to Damascus, located halfway between Whitetop and the trail head, though you can also head to Abingdon directly from Damascus or, for a more challenging route, bike up from Abingdon or Damascus to Whitetop Station.
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    You might also know this place by the following names:

    Grayson County, مقاطعة غرايسون, Грейсън, গ্রেসন কাউন্টি, Condado de Grayson, Grayson konderria, شهرستان گریسون، ویرجینیا, Comté de Grayson, Grayson megye, Contea di Grayson, グレイソン郡, Grayson Kūn, Hrabstwo Grayson, گریسن کاؤنٹی, Comitatul Grayson, Грейсон, Округ Грејсон, گریسن کاؤنٹی، ورجینیا, Quận Grayson, Condado han Grayson, 格雷森縣

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