Crews laid the first rails through this region of the Blue Ridge in 1852. The line from Lynchburg, Va., to Bristol, Tenn., was completed in 1856. The present N & W results from two receiverships in the late 1880s.
The Blue Ridge Parkway Guide is a privately owned website authored by Joe Veler and Sarah Cooke, who began work on the site after discovering their shared love of the Parkway. It is a part of the Virtual Blue Ridge Network, which aims to share the Parkway experience with long-distance viewers and to enhance it for visitors and residents. To read more about the Virtual Blue Ridge Network, the history of this project, and what you can expect to find on the Blue Ridge Parkway Guide, click here.