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Blue Ridge Parkway Celebrates Birthday


ASHEVILLE, NC – Another major North Carolina landmark is readying to celebrate a birthday. Just as the 75th anniversary of the Great Smokies National Park is wrapping up, the 75th birthday for the Blue Ridge Parkway is getting started.

A symbolic passing of the torch, from the Smokies Superintendent to the Parkway Superintendent takes place on Friday. “We’ll have elders from the Eastern Band of the Cherokee and youth from the Cherokee Youth Council who will also pass the torch as a way to demonstrate everyone’s obligation to be stewards of this wonderful natural resource,” said Elizabeth Sims spokesperson for the Blue Ridge Parkway 75.

The event will also include Cherokee tribal music and dance. The parkway winds its way through North Carolina and Virginia connecting the Great Smoky Mountains National Park with the Shenandoah National Park in Virginia.

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