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Easter Vacation – Day 3 of 5: Blue Ridge Parkway (James River)

Bob and I spent three nights (April 17-20) in Waynesboro, Virginia. Waynesboro is located near where the Skyline Drive ends and the Blue Ridge Parkway begins. Our original plan was to stay in Waynesboro for four nights, but we departed a day early. I will explain why we left Waynesboro a day early in a future blog post.

The highlights on Day 3 (April 19) of our Easter vacation included a visit to Natural Bridge, walking on a swinging bridge in Buchanan and driving the Blue Ridge Parkway. Thursday’s blog post provided photographs and details about our visit to Natural Bridge. Friday’s blog post was about our brief stop in Buchanan VA.  From Buchanan we took Route 43 to the Blue Ridge Parkway. We entered the Parkway at Milepost 90.9, Bearwallow Gap, and exited at Milepost 0, Rockfish Gap.   Our 90-mile drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway yielded many photographs.  I am sharing those photographs via four separate blog posts.  In yesterday’s blog post I shared photographs from Milepost 90.9, Bearwallow Gap, to just before Milepost 63.8, James River Visitor Center.  In today’s blog post I will share photographs that were taken at the James River Visitor Center.

James River is located at the Parkway’s lowest elevation (650 feet above sea level).   The Visitor Center was still closed for the season.  The James River Canal Trail, though, was open.

E4194288 4x6I took this photograph of Bob, as we began our walk along the James River Canal Trail.  The trail took us across James River.  We crossed the James River on the walkway below the bridge.

P4194433 4x6I took two photographs, while crossing the James River Bridge, each looking in opposite directions.

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The James River Canal Trail ended at the restored Battery Lock, one of 90 locks that were built between 1845-1851 along the James River and Kanawha Canal.  When completed the canal had 90 locks and went from Richmond to Buchanan, Virginia.

WP_20140419 17Bob took this photograph of me.

E4194289 4x6This is the photograph that I captured from my vantage point in the previous image.

P4194439 4x6Lock Gate

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I took one last photograph, as we were returning to the James River Visitor Center.

E4194291 4x6I gazed in wonder at how perfectly the James River Bridge framed this mountain scene.

3 Responses to “Easter Vacation – Day 3 of 5: Blue Ridge Parkway (James River)”

  1. Betsyfromtennessee

    We enjoyed that little walk under the bridge and across the river to the old locks…. Quite interesting. I loved your last photo –and the ‘frame’ is excellent.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

    Reply
  2. Eileen

    Lovely series of scenic shots, Linda! The views of the river and locks are beautiful. Thanks for sharing your trip!

    Reply
  3. seniorhiker

    We hiked this trail when we were there several years ago. I’m going to have to dig out those old pictures (or go back!).

    Reply

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