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N 36° 48.692', W 80° 20.986'

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Blue Ridge Parkway

The Blue Ridge Parkway showcases some of America's best rural and natural landscapes. Rocky Knob is known for its pastoral, or agricultural, countryside. The topography of this plateau differs from much of the Parkway. Here generations of family farms work this rolling land and fertile soil. Today, as in the past, you can see cattle grazing and fields of cabbage, corn, and hay growing on small farms along the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Farm work of the past, like this scene from 1953, has been replaced with the use of more contemporary machinery.
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Rock Castle Creek tumbles through a forest of tulip trees, rosebay rhododendron, and umbrella magnolias to create small waterfalls as it parallels Rock Castle Gorge Trail. Over time, this small creek cut the deep gorge you see from the overlook across the Parkway. Chestnuts from the ancient trees that once grew in this gorge were an important food and trade resource for mountain communities. Until the 1930s, the gorge was home to Rock Castle, a small agricultural community.
Series This marker is part of the Blue Ridge Parkway series
Placed ByNational Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior
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Date Added Thursday, October 3rd, 2019 at 8:02pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 557998 N 4074162
Decimal Degrees36.81153333, -80.34976667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 36° 48.692', W 80° 20.986'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds36° 48' 41.52" N, 80° 20' 59.16" W
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