Appalachia is a vast expanse of land. Its mountains hold breathtaking vistas and hidden waterfalls. I wanted to let the land speak and to take you through all of it. Knowing this could take a lifetime, I settled on choosing key points in each of Appalachia’s regions. Through the emerging technology of 360º video, I hope to give you an encompassing view of each chosen location and an overall experience of the terrain.
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The Northern Appalachian region includes parts of New York, Pennsylvania, North Eastern Ohio, and the upper tip of West Virginia.
For this region, the first location chosen is Mount Davis, the highest point (3,213 feet high) in Pennsylvania. Located in the Forbes State Forest, the forest was named in honor of General John Forbes, a British general in the French and Indian War. The next location is Ohiopyle Falls located in Pennsylvania State Park, a 19,052-acre forest. The Youghiogheny River flows over a 20-foot cliff, located just south of Falling Waters, architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s famed residential work. The last location in this region is Baughman Rock, a 2,000-foot overlook.
Southern Ohio and the majority of West Virginia make up the North Central Appalachian region.
Locations here include Ash Cave and part of Old Man’s Cave in Ohio. Ash Cave is the largest, most impressive recess cave in the state. Its horseshoe-shaped is massive; measuring 700 feet from end to end, 100 feet deep from the rear cave wall to its front edge with the rim rising 90 feet high. Ash Cave is named after the huge pile of ashes found under the shelter by early settlers. Next is the New River Gorge Bridges, a steal arch bridge 3,030 feet long with an arch 1,700 feet long. For many years, it was the world’s longest single-span arch bridge. Today it remains the third longest. About 16,200 cars go across it daily. Lastly, Coopers Rock State Forest is a 12,747-acre forest. Cheat River flows through the gorge. Its unique name comes from a legend a fugitive hid from the law near its overlook.
The Central region includes Kentucky, park of West Virginia, part of Virginia and part of Tennessee.
Ashland, Kentucky, located along the Ohio River, dates back to the migration of the Poage family from the Shenandoah Valley in 1786. Oldtown Covered Bridge located in Greenup County, just outside of Ashland, was built in 1880 on Burr’s patented design and crosses the Little Sandy River. During the Civil War, many of Kentucky's covered bridges were burned by both Union and Confederate troops. More were lost in the 1900s, victims to modern replacement, arson, and neglect. A statewide program to repair and preserve Kentucky's covered bridges was begun in 1996. All of Kentucky's remaining covered bridges are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Pinnacles in Berea, Kentucky is a hiking trail with vistas from six points: East Pinnacle, Eagle’s Nest, Buzzard’s Roost, Devil’s Kitchen, Indian Fort Lookout, and the West Pinnacle.
South Central Appalachia includes southern parts of Tennessee, parts of Virginia and North Carolina.
Look Out Mountain located in Tennessee was the scene of the Last Battle of the Cherokees during the early American Nickajack Expedition in 1974. It houses Ruby Falls a 145-foot-high underground waterfall. Not far away, Cumberland Gap National Historical Park, established June 11, 1940, is a sizable natural break in the Appalachian Mountains. The park covers more than 20,500 acres and was visited by nearly 854,000 people in 2012. The Great Smoky Mountains, located in North Carolina, encompasses lush forest and an abundance of wildflowers that bloom year-round.
The Southern region includes Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina.
Brasstown Bald Tower, located in Georgia, is perched on highest natural point in the state at 4,784 feet. The tower was originally built as a lookout spot to watch for forest fires. Rock City Trail in Georgia provides one of the best vistas in Appalachia. From here you can see seven states: Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Alabama. Finally, Tallulah Falls in Georgia is one in a series of waterfalls that the Tallulah River runs over. At this particular fall the waters drop 490 feet.
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