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The Cape Lookout National Seashore preserves a 56-mile (90-km) long section of the Outer Banks, running from Ocracoke Inlet on the northeast to Beaufort Inlet on the southeast.
Near Mount Rogers and Whitetop Mountain, Virginia’s two highest mountains, Grayson Highlands offers scenic views of alpine-like peaks more than 5,000 feet high.
From its headwaters high on Grandfather Mountain, the powerful Linville River patiently carves the rugged, steep-walled gorge that encloses it for approximately 12 miles. Within the 11,786 acres of the gorge, the river drops a dramatic 2,000 feet before leveling out in the Catawba Valley.
The Shining Rock Wilderness is a protected Wilderness Area in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Its first 13,400 acres were among the original components of the National Wilderness Preservation System passed in 1964. Today, the Shining Rock Wilderness now includes 18,483 acres, making it the largest Wilderness Area in North Carolina. This protected wilderness was later joined by the adjacent Middle Prong Wilderness Area in 1984.
he Virginia Creeper Trail stretches 34 miles from Abingdon, Virginia down through the lovely town of Damascus, Va (known as the Heart of the Va Creeper) along the Whitetop Laurel River and up to its highest point White-top Station near the NC State Line at Whitetop, Virginia. The Va Creeper Trail is open year round to hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding.