- 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.


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

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