The Lost Provinces

The Blue Ridge Parkway. View west along Blue Ridge; fall colors; from fields atop The Lump. Location: NC, Wilkes County, MP 264. [ref. to #214.122]
The Blue Ridge Parkway. View west along Blue Ridge; fall colors; from fields atop The Lump. Location: NC, Wilkes County, MP 264. [ref. to #214.122]

The region used to be so remote that people called it The Lost Provinces. As late as World War One people traveled into Virginia and around to the north to get into this area, so bad were the wagon tracks that led up from the North Carolina Piedmont. The Blue Ridge, fifteen hundred feet of bare rock cliff — among the hardest rocks in the world — formed a barrier that had to be avoided rather than crossed. Oddly enough, it was here that the first shovel-fulls of dirt were turned on the Blue Ridge Parkway in 1934, and the parkway closely follows the Blue Ridge crest in these parts. Behind that rich bottomlands stretch for twenty miles to the mountains along the Tennessee border. Roads in and out are no longer impassible, but are still windy two-lanes. Tourists tend to stay away, and the Lost Provinces remain unspoiled.

The Blue Ridge Parkway. Traditional split rail fence along parkway. Location: NC, Alleghany County, Doughton Park, MP 241. [ref. to #226.046]
The Blue Ridge Parkway. Traditional split rail fence along parkway. Location: NC, Alleghany County, Doughton Park, MP 241. [ref. to #226.046]
The Blue Ridge Parkway, Cumberland Knob Visitor's Center. Mountain laurel in bloom. Location: NC, Alleghany County, MP 217. [ref. to #226.004]
The Blue Ridge Parkway, Cumberland Knob Visitor's Center. Mountain laurel in bloom. Location: NC, Alleghany County, MP 217. [ref. to #226.004]
The Blue Ridge Parkway, Doughton Park, Brinager Cabin. Front view, in dusk light. Location: NC, Wilkes County. [ref. to #226.058]
The Blue Ridge Parkway, Doughton Park, Brinager Cabin. Front view, in dusk light. Location: NC, Wilkes County. [ref. to #226.058]
View of the town of Jefferson from the upper overlook in Mount Jefferson State Natural Area. Location: NC, Ashe County, New River Valley. [ref. to #226.040]
View of the town of Jefferson from the upper overlook in Mount Jefferson State Natural Area. Location: NC, Ashe County, New River Valley. [ref. to #226.040]
Doughton Park, on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Mountaintop meadows in early spring. Location: NC, Alleghany County, MP 241. [ref. to #226.054]
Doughton Park, on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Mountaintop meadows in early spring. Location: NC, Alleghany County, MP 241. [ref. to #226.054]
Allegheny County Courthouse. Location: NC, Alleghany County, Little River Area, Sparta. [ref. to #226.011]
Allegheny County Courthouse. Location: NC, Alleghany County, Little River Area, Sparta. [ref. to #226.011]
Ashe County Courthouse. Dogwoods in bloom. Location: NC, Ashe County, New River Valley, Jefferson. [ref. to #226.027]
Ashe County Courthouse. Dogwoods in bloom. Location: NC, Ashe County, New River Valley, Jefferson. [ref. to #226.027]
View of the river at Todd. Location: NC, Ashe County, New River Valley, South Fork of the New River, Todd. [ref. to #252.454]
View of the river at Todd. Location: NC, Ashe County, New River Valley, South Fork of the New River, Todd. [ref. to #252.454]
Red barn in a hay field, bathed in afternoon light. Location: NC, Ashe County, New River Valley, South Fork of the New River, Todd. [ref. to #252.458]
Red barn in a hay field, bathed in afternoon light. Location: NC, Ashe County, New River Valley, South Fork of the New River, Todd. [ref. to #252.458]
Cascades of Fall Creek. Detail of the lower falls. Location: NC, Wilkes County, The Blue Ridge Parkway, Glendale Springs Section, Cascades Picnic Area. [ref. to #236.045]
Cascades of Fall Creek. Detail of the lower falls. Location: NC, Wilkes County, The Blue Ridge Parkway, Glendale Springs Section, Cascades Picnic Area. [ref. to #236.045]
View over mountaintop meadows in spring wildflowers. Location: NC, Alleghany County, The Blue Ridge Parkway, Doughton Park Section, Doughton Park, MP 241. [ref. to #236.061]
View over mountaintop meadows in spring wildflowers. Location: NC, Alleghany County, The Blue Ridge Parkway, Doughton Park Section, Doughton Park, MP 241. [ref. to #236.061]
Garden Creek Baptist Church, a historic rural church now used as a campground church. Day lilies by front door. Location: NC, Wilkes County, The Blue Ridge, Stone Mountain State Park. [ref. to #236.057]
Garden Creek Baptist Church, a historic rural church now used as a campground church. Day lilies by front door. Location: NC, Wilkes County, The Blue Ridge, Stone Mountain State Park. [ref. to #236.057]
The Glendale Springs Frescoes; Last Supper fresco over altar. Location: NC, Ashe County, The Blue Ridge Area, Glendale Springs, Holy Trinity Episcopal Church (frescoes). [ref. to #235.091]
The Glendale Springs Frescoes; Last Supper fresco over altar. Location: NC, Ashe County, The Blue Ridge Area, Glendale Springs, Holy Trinity Episcopal Church (frescoes). [ref. to #235.091]
The Blue Ridge Parkway; Mount Jefferson Overlook. View towards Mount Jefferson, Milepost 267. Location: NC, Alleghany County. [ref. to #214.115]
The Blue Ridge Parkway; Mount Jefferson Overlook. View towards Mount Jefferson, Milepost 267. Location: NC, Alleghany County. [ref. to #214.115]
North Carolina: Northern Mountains Region, Ashe County, New River Valley, South Fork of the New River, Railroad Grade Road, Farm overlooking the New River [Ask for #252.441.]
North Carolina: Northern Mountains Region, Ashe County, New River Valley, South Fork of the New River, Railroad Grade Road, Farm overlooking the New River [Ask for #252.441.]
North Carolina: Northern Mountains Region, Ashe County, Jefferson Area, The Three Top Mountains, North Fork New River, Goldenrods and yellow fall wildflowers wave in the breeze, in water meadows, with views towards the New Hope Mountains. [Ask for #260.294.]
North Carolina: Northern Mountains Region, Ashe County, Jefferson Area, The Three Top Mountains, North Fork New River, Goldenrods and yellow fall wildflowers wave in the breeze, in water meadows, with views towards the New Hope Mountains. [Ask for #260.294.]
NC: Ashe County, New River Valley, Jefferson Area, West Jefferson, A hardware store anchors the busy red brick stores, the street lined with pickup trucks; street sign reads "N Second Ave" [Ask for #260.299.]
NC: Ashe County, New River Valley, Jefferson Area, West Jefferson, A hardware store anchors the busy red brick stores, the street lined with pickup trucks; street sign reads "N Second Ave" [Ask for #260.299.]
North Carolina: Northern Mountains Region, Ashe County, New River Valley, Jefferson, West Jefferson, A bronze statue of children playing, in front of the Jefferson Station urban redevelopment project; detail of girl with puppy [Ask for #260.306.]
North Carolina: Northern Mountains Region, Ashe County, New River Valley, Jefferson, West Jefferson, A bronze statue of children playing, in front of the Jefferson Station urban redevelopment project; detail of girl with puppy [Ask for #260.306.]
North Carolina: Northern Mountains Region, Ashe County, New River Valley, South Fork of the New River, A road runs along the bank of the river, giving views across the river to a red barn in meadows and pastures [Ask for #260.310.]
North Carolina: Northern Mountains Region, Ashe County, New River Valley, South Fork of the New River, A road runs along the bank of the river, giving views across the river to a red barn in meadows and pastures [Ask for #260.310.]
North Carolina: Northern Mountains Region, Ashe County, Jefferson Area, The Three Top Mountains, North Fork New River, Tobacco dries in a barn, in meadows beside the North Fork of the New, with the cliffs of The Peak, in the New Hope Mountains, bkgd [Ask for #260.297.]
North Carolina: Northern Mountains Region, Ashe County, Jefferson Area, The Three Top Mountains, North Fork New River, Tobacco dries in a barn, in meadows beside the North Fork of the New, with the cliffs of The Peak, in the New Hope Mountains, bkgd [Ask for #260.297.]
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