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Along The Ridge

Montgomery County owns Ridge Pike from Philadelphia to Norristown. Ridge Pike provides access to I-476 (the Blue Route), numerous commercial centers, and well-established neighborhoods. More than 30,000 vehicles use this 5 mile section of roadway daily. The roadway and many of the structures remaining along Ridge Pike today have been part of the landscape for a very long time, some dating to colonial times. The modern roadway was constructed in the 1930s. Through the years, Ridge Pike has been widened, reconstructed in concrete around the 1970s, and repaved numerous times. The planned reconstruction will include relocation of utilities, a full reconstruction of the roadway and a sidewalk in the eastbound direction for the full length and a westbound sidewalk where feasible and necessary.

Along the Ridge

The Ridge Pike project area is nearly 5 miles long. The project has been divided into four shorter segments to aid in project management. The area west of School Lane has been completed by the Lafayette Street Extension Project and has set the stage for the new PA Turnpike interchange with Lafayette Street and Ridge Pike. Section A requires some complex engineering in areas near the PA Turnpike, the Norfolk Southern rail lines, and the Sunoco pipeline. This project from School Lane to Belvoir will include two new bridges and widening to support the proposed PA Turnpike interchange. Section B, in the busy commercial area between Belvoir Road and Chemical Road, will be widened to include one new bridge and a center left turn lane. Section C extends from Harmon Road, near Butler Pike, to Crescent Avenue in Lafayette Hill. Widening will be included at major intersections, particularly at Butler Pike and Joshua Road. Widening will be minimized when possible to reduce impacts to the adjacent residential communities. Section D extends from Crescent Avenue to the Philadelphia city line. The addition of a second through lane east of Church Road will reduce the congestion experienced in that section on a daily basis.

Fall color along the Blue Ridge Parkway in the North Carolina mountains is not to be missed! Here are 20 of our favorite places along the 170-mile Parkway section in the Asheville area. Included are roadside overlooks, waterfalls and hikes for the best views, along with places for art, food and history. Remember, use the Parkway mileposts and not your GPS to find places along the Parkway since there are no street addresses.

Enjoy our photo tour of the most scenic places! Places are listed according to milepost location, starting north near Grandfather Mountain and ending on the south end at the Great Smokies (click on names for a complete guide). Sorry, GPS doesn't work for most places since there are no official street address. Look for stone milepost every mile along the road for guidance - increasing as you drive south. Exits for the Asheville area are located at Mileposts 382 to 393.

Milepost 302.8 - Rough Ridge: (Photo above) usually has the first color of the year, starting in late September along the hiking trail to the top (elevation 4,773 feet). Find multiple viewpoints along the Tanawha Trail, with the first boardwalk just 1/3 of a mile from the parking overlook. See our Rough Ridge Guide.

Milepost 350.4 - Green Knob Overlook: Look for miles at this roadside view on the Blue Ridge Parkway, with many ridges of color especially in mid and late October. For a hike, take the half-mile trail up to Green Knob Lookout Tower.

Milepost 364.4 - Craggy Gardens: See views from the Visitor Center, have a mile-high picnic and hike trails to the balds with spectacular views. Craggy Pinnacle has one of our favorite views along the Parkway.

Milepost 417 - Looking Glass Rock Overlook: See the iconic stone face, along with many mountain ridges. From the overlook, hike just a half mile to Skinny Dip Falls' idyllic setting with multiple cascades.

The Chuckanut Ridge Trail follows a ridge in the center of Larrabee State Park, that connects the trails on the front of Chuckanut Mountain with the trails and lakes on the back. From the North Chuckanut Mountain Trailhead, hike 1.2 miles up Hemlock Trail to the North Lost Lake intersection. Then hike 1 mile up North Lost Lake Trail to where the 3 mile long Chuckanut Ridge Trail begins. With great views of Baker in the east and the lower British Columbia mountains to the north, hikers are hard pressed to be bored on this hike.Hike all the way to Cyrus Gates overlook -- about 5 miles -- and either end on Cleator Road or continue to a viewpoint at the end of the road.

The Peaceful Ridge Trail is a local trail that connects the neighborhoods along SW 26th Street and Hiatus Road to the I-595 corridor. There are plans to expand its linkages to other trails as development takes place to the south along Hiatus Road and these will eventually connect the northern neighborhoods to the Robbins Lodge Park.

At the corner of Hiatus Road and 26th Street is the former Math Igler Groves site where the Town is currently developing a neighborhood park. The recreational trails will have historical sign markers along the way.

Traveling a short distance to the south along the sidewalk on Nob Hill Road will take you to Bergeron Park, a small neighborhood park named after Dorothy and Percy Bergeron, early settlers in the Town.

The north entrance is accessed from Highway 13 by going west on Valley Farm Road, and turning south on Flying Squirrel Trail. You will find our main campgrounds and cabin complex on this side of the river, along with hiking trails and a hunting/dog exercise area.

Beginning in the Plains Campground, this trail is 2 miles in length and takes about 1.5 hours to walk. This trail connects with the Central City Trail - providing a great access to the City of Central City. When the campground closes in the fall, this trail is expanded through Flying Squirrel Campground. Parking is available near the Watercraft Concession and extends across the Mary Lundby Bridge.

This par 5 requires attention because of its beautiful cascading water feature all along the left and woods down the right. A strong second shot still leaves you with a severe-uphill approach shot to the green, which is protected by bunkers along the left side. The green has a slight false front.

From an elevated tee you stare straight at a daunting open cave directly behind the green with water gushing out of the cave that runs alongside the right of the green and crosses in front of the green. The green is also protected by bunkers in front and on the left side. This is a beautiful, but very challenging par 3.

The finishing hole is a par 5 that takes in all the beauty that the Ozarks has to offer. This tee shot must carry a huge section of the Ozark mountain terrain and then cross over numerous bunkers all along the left side of the fairway. The right side is framed by a long expansive rock bluff wall. Then the layup must thread the needle to a narrow gap between the bunkers on the left and trouble on the right. The approach shot is difficult to get up close because of the slope in the green. This is a classic par 5 finishing hole.

The landscape at Hogback Ridge Park includes upland hardwood forests, hemlock ridges and the floodplains of Mill Creek and the Grand River. An abundance of spring wildflowers provide a spectacular show. Late March through the end of May is the best time to view this colorful display.

Local history is preserved in the name of one of the trails: Old Emerson Road. Before any bridges were built across the Grand River from the early 1800s until the beginning of this century, local residents followed Emerson Road across the river and creek at shallow points called fords. The Emerson family (for whom the road was named) operated a mill near the junction of Mill Creek and the Grand River. 041b061a72


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