Happy 100th Anniversary National Park Service!

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Craggy Pinnacle Trail Panoramic Photo

Celebrating our National Park Service’s 100th anniversary this year, the hubs and I spent much of our summer vacation visiting some of North Carolina’s most beautiful parks like Mount Mitchell where we drove the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway and hiked the Craggy Pinnacle Trail.

The drive in itself was breathtaking! Gently winding roads, beautiful trees, blue skies and mountain tunnels made it a glorious trip before we even set foot outside the car!

The Craggy Pinnacle Trail is a moderate 1.4 mile hike where rhododendrons, blueberries, blackberries and mountain laurel grow wild.

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Wild Blueberries

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Exposed Birch Tree Roots
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Wild Blackberries

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Isn’t it stunning? I absolutely adore the Blue Ridge Mountains and plan to return next summer to see more of the trails, views, falls, etc. For a bucket list of the top 50 things to see and do along the parkway, click here.

Also during this vacation we visited and hiked nearby Catawba Falls and stayed in this eco-friendly hotel.

Hope you have a chance to get outside and visit a national park near you. Not only is it wonderfully rejuvenating, but falling in love with our parks makes us want to do more to protect them!

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3 thoughts on “Happy 100th Anniversary National Park Service!

  1. What a perfect place to celebrate the NPS 100th birthday! My husband and I met while we were living in Asheville, and we’re moving back in just over a year and seeing this made me so excited to live in a place that is just so beautiful! Thanks for sharing and celebrating a spectacular birthday!

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      1. You’ll definitely not regret it. I passed through on a post-college road trip and fell in love with it so I moved there six months later. I moved back to Missouri about a year ago to plan my wedding and save some money for a big trip with my now-husband and we can’t wait to get back!

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