- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 12, 2015

DALEVILLE, Va. (AP) - A tourism group is looking to give an identity to the mountainous region from the Roanoke Valley north to Highland County.

The Roanoke Times (https://bit.ly/1EyOIU70 ) reports the Virginia Tourism Corporation will make an alignment of the eight-county area to make it easier for out-of-towners to see what the eight-county area offers when planning vacations, day trips and other ventures. Currently, the mountain ranges are in different categories.

The concept from the organization is to find a way to adequately guide travelers to a region which includes the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Appalachian Trail, Smith Mountain Lake, two national forests, downtown Roanoke and other attractions.

The new arrangement will become official Jan. 1.

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Information from: The Roanoke Times, https://www.roanoke.com


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