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NATIONAL PARKNew River Gorge National Park And PreserveThe New River Gorge National Park and Preserve encompasses 65,165 acres of scenic Appalachian terrain, which permits hunting and fishing, and 7,021 acres of parkland. Found within are the New River and its narrow gorge that wind through the Appalachian Mountains from Hinton to the New River Gorge Bridge (US 19) near Fayetteville. Contrary to its name, the New is believed to be one of the oldest rivers in North America; it was part of the ancient Teays River system, which originated more than 65 million years ago.
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NATIONAL PARKDaniel Boone National ForestDaniel Boone National Forest runs along the Cumberland Plateau in the Appalachian foothills of eastern Kentucky. The forest encompasses more than 708,000 acres of mostly rugged terrain, including towering sandstone cliffs, steep forested ridges and narrow, low-lying ravines. Natural stone arches, waterfalls and caves are among the forest's exceptional geological features.
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NATIONAL PARKGreat Smoky Mtns. National Park Who hasn't longed to get away from it all? To some, this might mean strapping on a backpack, slipping into a hardwood forest and emerging hours later on a mountaintop. Simple moments like roasting marshmallows over a crackling campfire with the family become cherished vacation memories. Others find their bliss wading in rocky trout streams or capturing nature's splendor on film. Great Smoky Mountains National Park is an ideal getaway for all who want to pursue the pleasures of the great outdoors.
ARTICLEWhat to do in Charlotte• Ponder Mecklenburg County’s beginnings at,(3427 N. Tryon St.). Nicknamed Frew’s Folly by its neighbors, the site with its Federal-style architecture and yellow trim provides a contrast to the usual plank-and-log homes of the early 19th century. Along with showcasing the plantation's obvious aesthetics, tours encompass the lives and times surrounding the people who lived and worked there, including enslaved African Americans.
NATIONAL PARKMonongahela National ForestMonongahela National Forest encompasses ten West Virginia counties in the Allegheny Mountains. Noted for its rugged terrain, highland bogs, blueberry thickets, vistas of exposed rocks, fast-moving streams and thick cover of trees, the forest was established in 1920 after widespread cutting of eastern forests. One of the 920,000-acre forest's best known attractions is Spruce Knob, West Virginia's highest peak at 3,861 feet
ARTICLECharlotte Travel with KidsCarowinds is the obvious choice when planning a family vacation, but Charlotte, North Carolina, offers a number of other fun things to do with kids, including activities at ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center and local museums. Here are our picks for every age group.
NATIONAL PARKCongaree National ParkSituated along the Congaree and Wateree rivers, approximately 3 miles southeast of Hopkins off SR 48 (Bluff Rd.), following signs, Congaree National Park encompasses nearly 26,000 acres and is the largest intact tract of old-growth bottomland forest in North America. The park, a sanctuary for diverse flora and fauna, is characterized by giant hardwoods and towering pines and comprises one of the highest canopies in the world and some of the tallest trees in the eastern United States.
NATIONAL PARKCape Lookout National SeashoreCape Lookout National Seashore extends for 56 miles along North Carolina's Outer Banks from Ocracoke Inlet in the north to Beaufort Inlet in the south. In addition to Portsmouth Island, Core Banks and Shackleford Banks, it encompasses a host of undeveloped barrier islands.
NATIONAL PARKAppomattox Court House National Historical ParkThree miles northeast of Appomattox on SR 24, Appomattox Court House National Historical Park is a 1,744-acre site. On April 9, 1865, Gen. Robert E. Lee's weakened and outnumbered Confederate Army of Northern Virginia was cut off at Appomattox Court House by Gen. Ulysses S. Grant. The two commanders met in the parlor of a house owned by Wilmer McLean—and the Army of Northern Virginia was surrendered to Grant.
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ARTICLECharlotte NightlifePeople in Charlotte enjoy a night on the town, especially after a sporting event, but they also revel in more intimate lounges and local watering holes. Many bars and clubs can be found in Uptown as well as the trendy area around NoDa, aka North Davidson Street, where you can find live music and restaurants open late. Nightclubs that offer entertainment may charge a cover; phone ahead and confirm cover, hours, entertainment and dress code before you go.