Blue Ridge Parkway
Celebrating Life in the Mountains:
Tuesday, April 17, 2012, 7 pm
Reuter Center in the Manheimer Room. Free, the public is invited.
This fascinating series continues with Points North highlighting points of interest north, south, east, and west of the Asheville area. This program features two iconic landmarks that lie primarily north of Asheville.
Julie Jenkins, Community Program Manager for the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, will highlight the history and numerous opportunities the Appalachian Trail offers.
Over two million people hike a portion of the A.T. -- one of the longest footpaths in the world -- each year.
The Parkway has been voted one of America's favorite drives and consists of 469 miles of scenic and recreational opportunities. Few people are fortunate enough to have the world class opportunities that we have in Asheville.
If you're reading this blog, you probably know all about the A.T. and the Parkway. But it's all about meeting the people behind these organizations.
P.S. If you're wondering, Friends of the Smokies spoke as part of this program last fall.
Sometimes the officials say it best. And all I can do is cut and paste. So here goes.
The Blue Ridge Parkway will close the section between State Route 191, at French Broad Parking Overlook, Milepost 393.8, to State Route 151, Milepost 405, beginning Monday, February 13, 2012. This closure is expected to remain in place until April 15, 2012. The closure is required to complete repairs of Ferrin Knob Tunnel #1, located at Milepost 401.
The Parkway will also close the section between U.S. Route 19, Milepost 455.7, to the end of the Parkway at U.S. Route 441 in Cherokee, NC, until April 15, 2012, to complete repairs on the Big Witch Tunnel, located at Milepost 461.
The Parkway appreciates the public's understanding and patience of this long winter closure, without implementation of a signed detour, as these two very important tunnel safety projects are undertaken.
Look up all the recent Parkway road closures.
The 30 min. film concentrated on the history of the Parkway and its current problems, namely lack of funding. But there was a minute or two on hiking on the Mountains-to-Sea Trail.
Check it out on the web or on other stations later on.
Where is this cabin?
Basin Creek Cove was once home to over 50 families and is now part of Doughton Park, on the Blue Ridge Parkway, MP 238.5 – 244.7. If you take a solitary ten-mile walk (round-trip), you’ll find many artifacts but few people. You’ll cross Basin Creek over 16 times, without bridges, passing elaborate rock formations, cascades and several waterfalls. The trail leads deep in the cove and ends at Caudill Cabin, the only remaining cabin.
When I reached to the cabin, my first thought was “This family didn’t get out very much”. The cabin, a 14 ft. by 16 ft. room with two doors but no window, is propped up by columns of flat stones. It was the home of Martin Caudill who had 14 children. The cabin was restored in 2001 by the National Park Service and the descendants of the Caudill family. Two books on the mantelpiece explain the Caudill genealogy and include photographs of the cabin restoration. When I signed in, I noted that the last person visited here over three weeks ago. Look up toward the Parkway. The trail does not connect to the Blue Ridge Parkway so you need to go back the way you came. In July, 1916, a flood devastated the community and washed almost everything away. Somehow the Caudill Cabin survived.
To get another perspective on Basin Cove, look down from Basin Cove Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway, MP 244.7. To see the cabin from above, go to Wildcat Rocks, which begins at the far end of Bluff Lodge at MP 241. From the left side of the overlook, you can see the cabin down in the clearing.