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LEARN NC was a program of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Education from 1997 – 2013. It provided lesson plans, professional development, and innovative web resources to support teachers, build community, and improve K-12 education in North Carolina. Learn NC is no longer supported by the School of Education – this is a historical archive of their website.

Field trip opportunities in Alleghany County

Blue Ridge Parkway
Contains information about various cultural, natural, and recreational resources located along this beautiful and historical roadway.
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Stone Mountain State Park
This park not only allows enjoying the beauty of the area but also provides instruction in basic geologic concepts.
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YMCA Camp Cheerio
Outdoor Adventure Educational experiences are available for students in elementary, middle, and high school at this camp located near the town of Sparta in the North Carolina mountains.
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Learn more about Alleghany County

Alleghany County Courthouse in Sparta, NC
Alleghany County Courthouse in Sparta, NC
This is the Alleghany County Courthouse in Sparta, NC. The structure seen here is not the original building. The first courthouse was destroyed in January 1933, when a fire started in a restaurant swept down half the buildings on the block, leapt the street,...
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Brinegar Cabin, Alleghany County, North Carolina
Brinegar Cabin, Alleghany County, North Carolina
Brinegar Cabin was built in 1880 by Martin Brinegar. He and his wife raised three children here and lived here until the 1930s. The homestead was then purchased for the Blue Ridge Parkway, where it now stands near a milepost marker. Two hiking trails start...
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Hikers on Stone Mountain in North Carolina
Hikers on Stone Mountain in North Carolina
These are hikers as viewed from the summit of Stone Mountain in North Carolina. Stone Mountain is just that: a towering dome of pale granite. Its bald top is visible for miles before reaching Stone Mountain State Park. The park is a popular spot for rock-climbing;...
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Rock climbers on Stone Mountain
Rock climbers on Stone Mountain
These are rock climbers on Stone Mountain in Alleghany and Wilkes Counties. The park is a popular spot for rock-climbing; more often than not, you'll find climbers anchored to the mountain by no more than a spindly tree sprouting from the rock's craggy face,...
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Stone Mountain, North Carolina
Stone Mountain, North Carolina
This is a man sitting on a bench on a trail near Stone Mountain, North Carolina. Stone Mountain is just that: a towering dome of pale granite. Its bald top is visible for miles before reaching Stone Mountain State Park. The park is a popular spot for rock-climbing;...
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View from Cumberland Knob
View from Cumberland Knob
This is the view from near the top of Cumberland Knob in Alleghany County, North Carolina. Cumberland Knob was the place where construction first began on the Blue Ridge Parkway in 1935, and it was the Parkway's first recreation area.
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View from Stone Mountain, North Carolina
View from Stone Mountain, North Carolina
This is the view from Stone Mountain in Alleghany and Wilkes counties in North Carolina. Stone Mountain is just that: a towering dome of pale granite. Its bald top is visible for miles before reaching Stone Mountain State Park. The park is a popular spot for...
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