National Geographic : 1966 Jul
ed by Virginia's former Senator Harry F. Byrd in Shenandoah National Park. Here, on the heights of the Appalachians, varied trails lure hikers. Almost 600 miles of parkway crest the Blue Ridge from northern Virginia to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Nosegay of mountain laurel blooms in Shen andoah. "In our parks," says author Wirth, "rangers try to guard plants and wildlife as carefully as they protect visitors." AGFACHROMEBY DAVIDC. OCHSNER ) N.G .S . Bird-on-the-wing: Poetic nickname glorifies the fringed milkwort (above), uncommon in Shenandoah. Yellow lady's-slipper thrives on the loamy slopes of the Great Smokies.